Scooter Gennett ties MLB record with four-homer game

Andrew Cummings
June 21, 2017

Cincinnati Reds' Scooter Gennett, center, is lifted up by Eugenio Suarez as he celebrates in the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Cincinnati.

Before Tuesday's game, Gennett was in a 1-for-20 slump and had zero home runs in 93 at bats, The New York Times reported.

Thompson was at the game with his baseball team - the Fairfield Reds - when Gennett hit the homer, his mother Angel Thompson said. The Phillies' shortstop, who hit 20 home runs a year ago with a previous career high of eight, seemed the most extreme individual example of the home run binge that swept across the sport beginning in the second half of the 2015 season. He was one of the best power hitters in the game from 1998 to 2004, averaging 34 home runs a season.

Gennett, 27, spent his first four years in Milwaukee, where he made Bernie Brewer slide 35 times in 456 games and was a fan favorite for his scrappy play and likable personality - not to mention the eminently chant-able name.

In the final days before the 2017 season began, Cincinnati plucked the second baseman turned utility player off waivers, adding a bench bat to its roster with no one really noticing, and then keeping him in a reserve role through the season's first two months.

Asked what he said to Gennett after Tuesday's game, Reds Manager Bryan Price replied, "I didn't say anything, I just gave him a hug".

Evan Longoria drove in a run for Tampa Bay with a first-inning single off Quintana, who allowed one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. All of his four hits left the yard with a grand slam in the first inning, a three-run shot in the sixth, another three run homer in the next inning and finally capping it with a two-run job in the ninth. Wainwright lasted only 3⅔ innings and gave up nine runs for just the third time in his career. He walked one, struck out four and helped the Brewers beat the Giants for just the third time in the past 17 games against them. He joined the Cardinals' Mark Whiten as the only players with a grand slam among four homers in a game, according to Elias. Tim Adleman cruised to victory, giving up just one run on 3 hits while striking out 7 over 7 innings of work.

The Cardinals have dropped a season-high five straight and eight of their last 10.

The Cincinnati Reds will look to build on their back-to-back wins after splitting their last 6 games including Tuesday's victory. Billy Hamilton tapped a grounder that the Cardinals let roll, and it stopped on the first base line.

At this point, with the Reds leading 11-0, all that was left to do was the math, to see if and when Gennett could get to the plate again. The right-hander fell to 9-11 career against Cincinnati with a 5.01 ERA. Cincinnati LHP Tony Cingrani was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and RHP Lisalverto Bonilla was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Cingrani had been sidelined since April 21 with a strained right oblique. He became the first Phillies starter to throw a pitch in the eighth inning since Jeremy Hellickson pitched a complete-game shutout against the Marlins on September 17, 2016. He missed on a big swing against John Brebbia, and then hit the next pitch solidly - leaving one of those streaks on the barrel - for homer No. 4.

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