Reds outfielder Scooter Gennett makes history with 4-home run game

If you had Reds infielder Scooter Gennett on your list of Players Most Likely to Hit Four Homers in a Game this season, you must have access to Biff's Sports Almanac or something.

The last time someone hit 4 round trippers in a single game was Josh Hamilton, back in 2012 for the Texas Rangers. He became the first player ever to collect four homers, five hits and 10 RBIs in a game.

"My dad was pretty pissed I was 0-for-19", Gennett joked (he entered in a 1-for-20 slump).

Cincinnati Reds' Scooter Gennett runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher John Gant in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Cincinnati.

Wainwright left having tied his single-game career high for earned runs allowed with nine, and Gennett greeted reliever John Gant with a two-run homer to deep right-center field. In eight seasons as a pro (both minors and majors), he had only hit ten or more home runs in an entire season once, last season when he hit 14.

Gennett got his big night started with an RBI single off Wainwright, who brought a long scoreless streak into the game but couldn't handle a team that has hit him like no other. He walked one, struck out four and helped the Brewers beat the Giants for just the third time in the last 17 games against them.

It will be a night, he says, that he'll cherish forever, and perhaps in time, there will be Scooters sprouting up all over Cincinnati.

Gennett's grand slam was the first Wainwright had allowed since 2012. Eugenio Suarez went 1 for 3 with a triple while making up the other 3 Cincinnati RBIs in the win. The Royals rallied from a six-run deficit and stopped Houston's 11-game winning streak Tuesday night when Mike Moustakas hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning off closer Ken Giles. Gallen, a third-round pick from North Carolina last season, is one of several college hurlers the Cardinals hit on in the 2016 draft to provide instant organizational depth.

Anderson (5-1) didn't allow a run for the third consecutive start, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out four in 7 2/3 innings. Billy Hamilton tapped a grounder that the Cardinals let roll, and it stopped on the first base line.

At this point, with the Reds leading 11-0, all that was left to do was the math, to see if and when Gennett could get to the plate again. Cingrani had been sidelined since April 21 with a strained right oblique.

A brief rain storm on Monday caused the Reds' batting practice to be cancelled, meaning Scott Schebler couldn't test his left shoulder that caused him to leave Saturday's game.

Only once in his career, in 2013, had Gennett homered even twice in a game. Bronson Arroyo will get the start in game three and is 3-4 with a 6.24 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. To put his performance in perspective, Gennett hit 9.5 percent of his 42 career home runs against the Cardinals on Tuesday night. He racked up those Ks over 16 innings, going the distance in a 2-1 Washington win.

With really nowhere else to go in this recap but continuing to circle back on Gennett's night, I'll highlight the long solo home run that Stephen Piscotty hit to prevent the Cardinals from complete embarrassment (bear with me, I'm being nice).

  • Arturo Norris