Gennett pounds way into the books
Utility player hits four homers, including a slam, and drives in 10 runs in Reds victory.
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.