Scooter Gennett must have eaten his Wheaties on Tuesday. Gennett, the Cincinnati Reds utility man, became the 17th player in Major League Baseball history to hit four home runs in a single game, blasting four in a 13-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Yes, you read that right. Scooter Gennett.
How’s this for a stat line? He was 5-for-5 with four homers and 10 RBIs. We’ll wait while you check to see if you’re playing against Gennett in fantasy baseball this week.
The last player to hit four dingers in a single game was Josh Hamilton, who did so in 2012. Before that, it was Carlos Delgado in 2003. It happened twice in 2002 (Shawn Green and Mike Cameron) but before that? Mark Whiten in 1993. Gennett — who was born in Cincinnati — is the first player in Reds history to accomplish the feat. Here’s the complete list of players who hit four homers in one game.
If you were betting on which player would hit four homers in a single game this season, you’d never pick Gennett, 27. He isn’t much of a slugger. He’d only hit three homers on the season coming into Tuesday night’s game and 38 for his career. Ready for some fun stats?
Scooter Gennett, April 3-June 5: 111 at-bats, 3 HR
Scooter Gennett, June 7: 5 at-bats, 4 HR
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 7, 2017
Yesterday Scooter Gennett was 0-for-19. Since then he is 6-for-6 with a double, 4 HR and 12 RBI.
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) June 7, 2017
Scooter Gennett has hit 9.5% of his career HR in tonight's game.
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) June 7, 2017
1st #Reds player ever with a 4-homer game is Scooter Gennett
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) June 7, 2017
The last #Reds player to drive in 10 runs before Scooter Gennett did tonight? Walker Cooper on July 6, 1939.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 7, 2017
Never hit 4 HR in a game: Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Reggie. Did hit 4 in a game: Scooter Gennett!
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) June 7, 2017
Safe to say Scooter is never going to forget this one. The Milwaukee Brewers, who put Gennett on waivers in March to be picked up by the Reds, might not either. Same goes for ex-Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, who just last week said Gennett wearing his old number was a “slap in the face.”
That number? Four.
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