Scooter Gennett hits 4 home runs for Reds to tie MLB record

Laura Christensen
June 12, 2017

The first major league player to accomplish the feat was the Boston Beaneaters' Bobby Lowe on May 30, 1894, against the Reds.

The day after giving up four home runs (all by Scooter Gennett) and 13 runs against the Cincinnati Reds while scoring only one run themselves, the St. Louis Cardinals replaced an arm with a bat on their roster. He became the first player ever to collect four homers, five hits and 10 RBIs in a game.

He said he was blessed as he is from Cincinnati and was born there and was able to watch all the greats for the team that he loved while growing up. I can't put words on it. "It's an honor for sure".

"He had a career night, a great night", said Adam Wainwright, who gave up Gennett's second career grand slam. Gennett then connected for a solo shot and a two-run homer off John Gant.

His last home run was a two-run laser off of John Brebbia in the eighth inning. That shot went halfway up the right field bleachers.

Gennett made a pair of curtain calls and returned to left field in the ninth inning to a standing ovation and chants of "Scoo-ter" from the 18,620 fans in attendance.

"It's incredible, especially since he's not an everyday player for us", manager Bryan Price said, according to the AP. "It's very emotional. You've seen history".

Prior to tonight, Gennett hit 38 home runs in 691 at-bats over four seasons with Milwaukee, including three in 111 at-bats this season. That double was softly hit to right. He more than doubled his prior home run total in Tuesday's contest.

"It's surreal, man. It really is", Gennett said.

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).


After the game, Gennett stripped off his uniform - cleats, jersey, hat and trousers, and gave every piece to a clubhouse manager who will send all of it to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Instead I bestow upon you, the good people of Viva El Birdos, my favorite stat of the night on the set of dingers, courtesy of Keith Law (whose new book is a fantastic read). However, the Cardinals haven't shown me anything over the last week to warrant me putting any faith in them, especially after the Reds pasted St. Louis on Tuesday. The Cardinals weren't in much of a mood to admire history. "I think I'm just wired to deal with it that way".

Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (4-3) gave up only one run in six innings of a 7-5 win over the Reds at Busch Stadium on April 28. Both starting pitchers went seven innings and allowed only three hits.

And now the name "Scooter" is in the Major League Baseball record books. "It was big to go deep and give our horses in the bullpen a break". While it may be easy to point out that the Cardinals have now dropped five straight games, the more grotesque stat is their record over their last 20. He struck out four and walked one.

His streak helped the Reds easily overcome the St. Louis Cardinals 13-1.

And that was just the start. It was the first grand slam given up by Wainwright since 2012.

Gennett said he spent about a month trying to change off of No. 4 out of respect for Phillips, but found the process to be too onerous. "He nearly beat us by himself tonight". The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Bud Norris struck out Alex Avila for his 11th save.

An unlikely outfielder (standsfielder?) snagged Scooter Gennett's record-breaking home run Tuesday. "For a guy like me to do that is insane — a little short of a miracle".

Baseball's 162-game season is an epic odyssey as opposed to a sprint.

Be honest. Before he hit four home runs Tuesday night, what, if anything did you know about Scooter Gennett? He ended the game with a slew of records, each one more improbable than the next after he hit home runs in his next four at-bats. Gennett's last grand slam came on June 25, 2014, vs. Washington.

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