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Scooter Gennett an Unlikely Player to Hit Four Homers in a Game

Major League Baseball players named “Scooter” don’t have a reputation for being home run hitters.  Yet Scooter Gennett accomplished one of the most rare single-game performances that can occur in baseball--more infrequent than a perfect game (23 in history) and hitting for the cycle (307 in history).  On June 6, the 5-foot-10 outfielder hit four home runs in a game for the Cincinnati Reds against the St. Louis Cardinals, becoming only the 17th player to do so in the sport’s 142 year history.  The last player to accomplish this feat was Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton in 2012.

With his historic outing, Gennett has set himself apart from the other two “Scooters” who have appeared in the big leagues.  Hall of Famer Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto hit only 38 career home runs in 13 seasons and 1,661 games, while Eddie “Scooter” Tucker hit only one dinger in a three-year career, although he appeared in only 51 games.

On the other hand, Gennett is definitely not in the same league as several of his “4-homer” club companions when it comes to power production.  Players such as Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt, Gil Hodges, Josh Hamilton, Joe Adcock, Matt Williams and Rocky Colavito are prominent sluggers on the list.  Gennett’s four homers last week gave him a season total of 7 home runs and a career total of 42 in a little over 500 games.  His career-high 14 home runs in 2016 was a bit of an aberration, since he averaged only seven per year prior to that.

Gennett produced a 5-for-5 day at the plate when he slammed his four home runs.  His first hit came on an RBI single in the 1st inning.  Then he hit a grand slam in the 3rd inning, a two-run home run in the 4th, a solo home run in the 6th, and another two-run shot in the 8th.  He generated a total of 10 RBI for the game, and his home runs came against three different Cardinals pitchers.  The Reds won the game, 13-1.

The 27-year-old Gennett was the 16th-round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009 and then made his major-league debut with the Brewers in 2013.  After four major-league seasons with the Brewers, he was selected off waivers by the Reds in March 2017.  He has split time between second base and the outfield with the Reds this year.

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