Only two months ago, Scooter Gennett was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds. Now, he’s in the history books forever.
The light-hitting utility man became the 17th player in major-league history to hit four home runs in one game, and he also collected 10 RBIs in the Reds’ 13-1 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Gennett is the first Reds player to hit four homers in a game, and the first MLB player to do it since the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton in 2012. He completed the record with a two-run shot in the eighth inning off Cardinals reliever John Brebbia.
Gennett’s 10 RBIs tied the franchise record set by Walker Cooper on July 6, 1949 against the Chicago Cubs. He’s only the 14th player in baseball history to drive in 10 or more runs in a game; Washington’s Anthony Rendon also knocked in 10 runs earlier this year.
Only Gennett and Mark Whiten – who hit four homers and a single-game record 12 RBIs on Sept. 7, 1993 – have blasted four dingers and 10-plus RBIs in one game. Ironically, Whiten pulled off the feat as a member of the Cardinals against Cincinnati.
Gennett also added a single to finish a perfect 5-for-5, giving him the first four-homer, 10-RBI, five-hit game in baseball history.
The 27-year-old Gennett came into Tuesday’s game mired in a 1-for-19 slump. Surely, that is now in the past.