For the first time in the history of the Cincinnati Reds, a member of their club had a four home run game. And no, it wasn’t their star Joey Votto, was not the speedy Billy Hamilton or even outfielder Adam Duvall who is tied with Votto for the most home runs on the Reds this year. Scooter Gannett has mostly been a utility player for the Reds this season after playing a majority of his career as a second baseman with the Milwaukee Brewers. Gennett, 27, was claimed off waivers late in spring training. He started in left field on Tuesday night when the Reds hosted the St.Louis Cardinals, his best night as a pro.
He’s played 47 games this year, 19 at second base and 10 in the outfield, and he’s listed as the Reds reserve infielder and outfielder on their official depth chart . He came into the night with three home runs on the season and never had a full season with more than 14 home runs. By the end of the game on Tuesday, his total went up to seven homers for the season. The five-year MLB veteran went 5-for-5 with four home runs and 10 RBI in the Reds’ 13-1 win.
For one night Reds, greats like Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Frank Robinson, Barry Larkin, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips have to step aside. It’s time to take a trip through Gennett’s historic night, wich also included a grand slam.
Scooter Gennett, who hit four home runs tonight, still has never hit more than four home runs in a calendar month in his five-year career.
— Ted Berg (@OGTedBerg) June 7, 2017
Scooter Gennett has hit 9.5% of his career HR in tonight's game.
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) June 7, 2017
On top of being the first Reds player to hit four home runs in a game, he’s the first Reds player with at least eight RBI in a single game since Ken Griffey Jr. on July 8, 2000, against the Cleveland Indians. Gannett is the first player to hit four home runs in an MLB game since Josh Hamilton in 2012. He’s only the 17th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a game joining the following players.
Josh Hamilton, Rangers, May 8, 2012
Carlos Delgado, Blue Jays, Sept. 25, 2003
Shawn Green, Dodgers, May 23, 2002
Mike Cameron, Mariners, May 2, 2002
Mark Whiten, Cardinals, Sept. 7, 1993
Bob Horner, Braves, July 6, 1986
Mike Schmidt, Phillies, April 17, 1976
Willie Mays, Giants, April 30, 1961
Rocky Colavito, Indians, June 10, 1959
Joe Adcock, Braves, July 31, 1954
Gil Hodges, Dodgers, Aug. 31, 1950
Pat Seerey, White Sox, July 18, 1948
Chuck Klein, Phillies, July 10, 1936
Lou Gehrig, Yankees, June 3, 1932
Ed Delahanty, Phillies, July 13, 1896
Bobby Lowe, Beaneaters, May 30, 1894