Cincinnati’s Scooter Gennett Ties MLB Record with Four Homers

The clubhouse manager of the Cincinnati Reds took everything from hat to jersey and pants to cleats from Cincinnati Reds infielder Scooter Gennett following the Red game on Tuesday.

All of the above items are now on the way to Cooperstown home of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The native of Cincinnati put on the franchise’s greatest display of home runs in history and tied a record in Major League Baseball with 4 home runs.

Gennett is now the 17th player to hit four homers in the same game. He also tied the club record for most RBIs in one game with 10 during the Reds 13-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Tony Perez, Johnny Bench or Ken Griffey Jr all famous for being slugging Cincinnati players, but none of the five ever were able to hit four home runs in a single game.

Gennett called the feeling surreal following the game while he handed over his game clothes to the clubhouse manager.

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.

No player in the major leagues had 5 hits, 4 home runs and 10 runs batted in, in one game until Tuesday night. Gennett had 17 total bases on the night which set a Cincinnati team record.

On the Cincinnati roster, Gennett was the least likely hitter to turn in such an historical night at the plate.

At 5-foot-5 and just 185 pounds, Gennett was claimed from Milwaukee off waivers late during spring training to be used as a utility infielder.

In some seasons he has played he barely had 4 home runs all season. He has reached more than 10 homers just once and before Tuesday’s game his career told of round trippers stood at 38.

The last player to have four homers in one game was Josh Hamilton with the Texas Rangers in 2012. Shawn Green was the last player in the National League to hit four with the Los Angeles Dodgers during 2002.

Gennett, who is 27, singled in his first at bat and then hit home runs in four consecutive at bats. He became just the second player joining Mark Whiten that hit a grand slam amongst the four home runs in the same game.

Going into the game, Gennett was 0 for his last 19 at bats but his 5-for-5 night Tuesday increased his current batting average to .302 from .270.

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