Gen­nett pounds way into the books

Util­ity player hits four homers, in­clud­ing a slam, and drives in 10 runs in Reds vic­tory.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - Associated press

CINCIN­NATI — Cleats, pants, jer­sey, hat. Scooter Gen­nett peeled off his uni­form — the one still drip­ping from a douse of cel­e­bra­tory ice wa­ter — and handed ev­ery piece to a club­house man­ager. All of them were headed to the Hall of Fame.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Cincin­nati na­tive put on the great­est home run show in fran­chise his­tory Tues­day night.

He tied a ma­jor league record with four homers, be­com­ing the 17th player to ac­com­plish the feat, and matched the club mark by driv­ing in 10 runs in the Cincin­nati Reds’ 13-1 vic­tory over the St. Louis Car­di­nals.

“It’s sur­real, man. It re­ally is,” Gen­nett said. “I’m truly blessed. I’m from here, born here. Watching all those guys play when I was lit­tle. And to do some­thing that’s never been done — I can’t put words on it.”

He is the first ma­jor lea­guer to have five hits, four homers and 10 RBIs in a game. His 17 to­tal bases are a team record.

“He had a ca­reer night, a great night,” said Adam Wain­wright, who gave up Gen­nett’s sec­ond ca­reer grand slam.

Gen­nett, 27, was claimed off waivers from Mil­wau­kee late in spring train­ing for a util­ity role.

He had 38 ca­reer homers go­ing into the game.

Gen­nett ended a slump at 0 for 19 in Cincin­nati’s 4-2 win over St. Louis on Mon­day. He was five for five Tues­day to raise his bat­ting av­er­age 32 points to .302.

Josh Hamil­ton had been the last player to hit four homers in a game, for Texas against Bal­ti­more in May 2012. The last Na­tional Lea­guer had been Shawn Green for the Dodgers against Mil­wau­kee in 2002.

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