4. Scooter Gennett hits 4 home runs in a single game
Scooter Gennett became the first Reds player to ever hit 4 home runs in a single game (and it was against the St. Louis Cardinals, making it that much better), and only the 17th player at the time to ever do it in the Major Leagues.
Gennett’s first home run came in the bottom of the third inning, when he sent a grand slam into the seats in right. His second round-tripper, in the bottom of the fourth inning, was a shot to right-center field with a runner on third base. That homer made the score 10-0.
Call to the Pen
Gennett stepped to the plate again in the bottom of the sixth, this time with the bases empty and a new pitcher on the mound. But, the result was the same. Only this time it was an opposite field shot to left field just over the wall.
Gennett came to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning with Scott Schebler on first base after drawing a walk. He took an 0-2 pitch and lined it over the right field wall to become the first Red ever to hit four long balls in a single game.
It was amazing to see a Reds player take advantage of the hitter friendly Great American Ball Park to create history right before the city’s eyes. Gennett recorded 10 RBIs that night while going a perfect 5-5 at the plate. That’s having a great day at the office.
Joey Votto and Drew Stubbs had each previously had a three-home run performance in a single game, but not four. The previous four-home run game before Gennett’s in 2017 was former Cincinnati Reds outfielder, Josh Hamilton, who did it for the Texas Rangers in 2012.
Scooter was claimed off waivers earlier in the year from the Brewers and brought into the Reds organization as a utility player that could be plugged into different positions on regular players’ nights off. Little did Cincinnati know they’d be getting a slugger who would eventually become a fan favorite in our city.