Reds' Scooter Gennett ties MLB record with four homers

Scooter Gennett made baseball history on Tuesday night when he hit four home runs - including a grand slam - in the Cincinnati Reds' 13-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gennett became just the 17th Major League Baseball player with four home runs in a game, and he was the first to do so for the Reds, a franchise whose official records date back to 1900.

Josh Hamilton was the last player to hit four home runs in one game, for Texas against Baltimore in May 2012. Remarkably, he was the first for any Major League Baseball team to combine four home runs, 10 RBI and five hits in one game.

As ESPN's Sports Center notes, Gennett was responsible for more runs than 24 of the 30 Major League Baseball teams that played Tuesday night - "he scorched the entire sport", the show said via Twitter. "It's an honor for sure".

Gennett's grand slam in his next at-bat was the first Wainwright had allowed since 2012. But it's several special characters short of what Cincinnati, the team that just signed him, and Milwaukee, the team that just cut him, must have been thinking when he jacked his final pitch of the night over the right-field wall. He played in nine games and batted.167 (3-for-18) with two RBIs and two walks while playing left field, right field and first base in that stint with NY. Gennett recorded four home runs, including a grand slam. It's not that the most powerful sluggers are adding homers to their already-impressive totals, but rather that the five-homer slap hitters are bodying a dozen out of the park, and the Galvis types are reaching the 20-homer threshold previously reserved for actual power hitters.

With the crowd on its feet with two outs in the eighth, Gennett took a called strike from Brebbia, then swung from his heels and missed to make the count 0-2. Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez went back-to-back in the fourth, and Andrew Benintendi hit a long solo home run in the fifth.

"I was kind of laughing, to be honest with you", Gennett said. "It's a insane game; that's why you never give up". Overall Gennett had a practically flawless night going 5 for 5 at the plate.

"I didn't even think about it, because I didn't know exactly where he was in the order", he said.

Cincinnati (27-30) has won nine of its past 14 meetings with St. Louis (26-30). "Scooter Gennett" he replied.

Nola (3-3) gave up five hits and one walk and struck out six.

Jesse Chavez (5-6) got the win, allowing two runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

"He had a career night, a great night", Wainwright said. "He nearly beat us all by himself". Scooter totaled only 35 home runs for his career.

PHILLIES 11, BRAVES 4 Odubel Herrera continued his power surge with a two-run homer and two doubles, Tommy Joseph homered and drove in three runs, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves. The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Bud Norris struck out Alex Avila for his 11th save.

The Reds reinstated left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani from the disabled list and optioned right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla to Triple-A Louisville. Reds RF Scott Schebler was out of the lineup for the third straight day after straining his left shoulder making a diving catch on Saturday.

  • Julie Sanders