Cincinnati Reds Player Scooter Gennett Makes Home Run History

To say Scooter got hot is an understatement.

Scooter Gennett became the first Cincinnati Reds player ever to homer four times in a game, accomplishing the feat Tuesday in a 13-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Thompson was at the game with his baseball team - the Fairfield Reds - when Gennett hit the homer, his mother Angel Thompson said.

Before the outburst, Gennett had 39 career homers in 1,755 plate appearances over five seasons, with a career high of 14 previous year. He has participated in four minor league All-Star Games and two Triple-A home run derbies, and he played in Japan in the 2014 and '15 seasons.

Gennett, who is 27 years old, was a sixteenth-round pick of the Brewers in the 2009 draft. He drove in a career-high-tying five runs, giving him 51 RBIs. His monumental performance raised his batting average 32 points while boosting his slugging percentage by an incredible 128 points.

The Reds claimed the Cincinnati native off waivers from Milwaukee during spring training, looking to upgrade their bench with a utility player who can do a little bit of everything. Still, before Tuesday's game, Gennett hadn't homered since April 11, a span of 97 plate appearances with no titanic blasts into the stands, no wind-aided flies clearing the fence, not even a single measly wall-scraper in the rightfield corner. Of the 17 four-homer games, only six other hitters tallied another hit besides the four long balls, and only one other hitter tallied double-digit RBI (Mark Whiten in 1993).

Gennett started his powerful tear in the 3rd inning when he took Adam Wainwright deep to right for a grand slam to give the Reds a 5-0 lead.

Gennett's grand slam in his next at-bat was the first Wainwright had allowed since 2012. The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Bud Norris struck out Alex Avila for his 11th save. Gennett then connected for a solo shot and a two-run homer off John Gant.

It's all the more impressive given that Gennett entered the game with only three dingers this season, and 38 for his career.

Jason Heyward had three hits and two RBIs and Kris Bryant scored two runs.

The Cardinals have dropped a season-high five straight and eight of their last 10.

Playing at the new Yankee Stadium for the first time without now-retired slugger David Ortiz on the roster, the Red Sox launched a trio of long balls and moved within a game of first-place NY. Billy Hamilton tapped a grounder that the Cardinals let roll, and it stopped on the first base line. He advanced on a groundout and scored on Gennett's single that got the Reds rolling. In his career, Lynn is 9-4 with a 3.22 ERA and 95 strikeouts against Cincinnati. Cincinnati LHP Tony Cingrani was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and RHP Lisalverto Bonilla was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

Mets starter Jacob deGrom (4-3) pitched only four innings for his second straight start. The Reds defeated the Giants 4-0.

Reds: RHP Bronson Arroyo (3-4) is coming off one of the best outings of his comeback season.

  • Zachary Reyes