2017 Reds / Titanic Struggle Recap

Recap: Scooter Gennett blasts 4 homers, collects 10 RBI in blowout win over St. Louis

Final R H E
St. Louis Cardinals (26-30) 1 5 0
Cincinnati Reds (27-30) 13 11 0
W: Adleman (4-2) L: Wainwright (6-4)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–The immortal Scooter Gennett wrote his name in the Reds history books tonight with a dazzling game: 5-5 with 4 home runs and 10 runs batted in. Starting in place of the injured Scott Schebler, Gennett singled home a run in the first. He put the game away with a third-inning grand slam that gave the Reds a 5-0 lead.

The next inning, Eugenio Suarez hit a bases-loaded triple to extend the lead to 8-0. One batter later, Scooter hit his second homer of the night, to center field. That’s 2 HR, 7 RBI so far.

Scooter wasn’t done. In the sixth inning, he hit a solo shot to the opposite field. 3 HR, 8 RBI.

Then, in the eighth inning, everyone was on their feet for Scooter’s final at-bat. With a runner on base, Gennett got down two strikes, then hit a laser to right field that got up just high enough to reach the seats. Four home runs, 10 RBI, 17 total bases. Amazing.

There aren’t enough superlatives to describe what we saw from Scooter Gennett tonight. The four home runs tied a major league record — he’s the 17th player to accomplish the feat — and established a new single-game Cincinnati franchise record. The ten runs batted in ties Walker Cooper for the all-time Reds club record.

He’s only the second player in the entire history of Major League Baseball to have 4 homers and 10 RBI. He’s the first player in baseball history to go 5-5 with 4 HR and 10 RBI.

Let us tell all our children and grandchildren about The Legend of Scooter Gennett.

–Surprisingly, it wasn’t all Scooter tonight. Tim Adleman tossed his third consecutive quality start, going 7 innings and allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks, with 7 strikeouts. Adleman continues to be adequate.

–Zack Cozart continued hitting the ball well: single, double, walk. Billy Hamilton had two hits and a walk.

–Drew Storen and Tony Cingrani — in his return to the big league roster — pitched scoreless innings of relief.

The Bad
–Keep moving, nothing to see here.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–What did we just see?

–Scooter Gennett — who, you must remember, was claimed off waivers by the Reds this spring — is now hitting .302/.336/.578, .383 wOBA, 136 wRC+, 7 homers this season. Incredible.

–Check out the video of Billy’s blast from the first inning below. He crushed that ball.

–Chris and I are frantically trying to find out if we can add a Scooter chapter to our upcoming book. What a night.

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90 thoughts on “Recap: Scooter Gennett blasts 4 homers, collects 10 RBI in blowout win over St. Louis

  1. Move over Votto, Cozart. Gennett is an ALL STAR! lol.. At least, tonight he was. I wonder how much 1 game can change a player’s WAR!

    If Aldeman continues to improve, he could be a reasonable starter at the lower end of the rotation. In 10 starts, he’s had 3 bad outings, but he’s also had 5 quality starts (which is pretty good in this year’s rotation). Maybe he can be a Dan Straily type or a very poor man’s Mike Leake.

    • Is it possible to get >1.0 WAR in a single game? Does the calculation take into account the fact that you can’t win more than one game in a single game?

    • From 0.2 to 0.8 fWAR in one game. That seems to be about the theoretical maximum increase!

      Scooter increased his lifetime WAR from 4.2 to 4.8 in one game. Simply astounding.

      Scooter Gennett 2016 WAR: 0.8
      Brandon Phillips 2016 WAR: 0.7

      ‘Nuff Said.

  2. Just to put it in perspective; using 210,000 MLB games in history, a batter has hit 4 homeruns in 0.008% of the games.

  3. Let’s play the hot hand and go with Scooter starting for a while. How about this lineup for the next week or so. BHam, Cozart, JV, Duvall, Gennett, Suarez, Schebler, Mes or Tucker, P

    • agree except, put Billy at the bottom and its hard to find a much more efficient line-up, really would like to see Mes batting higher

  4. I wonder what Brandon Phillips is thinking about his old number hitting 4 homers. Ha.

  5. And what was it that some of you were saying about Scooter Gennett? Chad, wasn’t it just today that you wrote this about Scooter in Cincinnati Magazine, ranking him an inexplicable 16th on the Reds Player Power Rankings?

    “Is it possible that Gennett isn’t going to be a Reds legend after all? Maybe he’ll just be a pretty good bench player with a chance to work his way into the starting lineup. Which is fine. He’s currently hitting .269/.307/.444 with 3 HR and 18 RBI.”

    Oh, he’s gonna be a legend alright! And make that hitting line .302/.336/.578, with 7 homers and 28 RBI. Scooter wants your retraction in Cincinnati Magazine post haste.Ok, so maybe he’ll just be a good bench player who we would be happy to have fill in for others.

    I remember Hard-Hittin’ Mark Whiten’s 4 HR game against the Reds all those years ago. Who would have thought that nearly a quarter of a century later, the Reds would return the favor against the Cards and Scooter Gennett, of all players, would be the guy that would tie him as the only players in MLB history with 4 HRs and 10 RBIs in a game!? Baseball is weird like that.

      • Well, you’ve certainly proven that you have much greater force than Barhorst’s 3 up & 3 down mojo. Keep ’em coming.

      • NIce column, Chad. Nice show of appreciation for Scooter and for Adleman. You show considerable grace when you freely note where their performances have surpassed your earlier assessments.

    • I suspect Scooter is more likely to be suspended for steroid use than coming close to hitting better than .269/.307/.444 by seasons end, I guess we will see how “not very smart” Chad actually is…

  6. Scooter is due for some serious mean reversion. He may never get another hit

  7. This game enters the top 10 Reds moments that I was old enough to appreciate (born 1980, so no 70’s glory day moments here.) It’s so fun when those moments happen in a regular season game in a season with no expectations. Off the top of my head, other entries: Jay Bruce Clinchmas HR, Adam Dunn game winning grand slam (still probably my favorite ever), Chapman strikes out Posey and the city of Cincy finally wins a playoff game in first time in forever, Homer’s no-hitters, Browning’s perfect game, Todd Benzinger catches a foul pop up, Eric Davis hits for cycle.

  8. 6 Reds on pace for 85+ rbis….thats insane! Thames hit his 1st hr in a month and got tested so Scooter better get ready! I think he’ll be ok! Peraza might have to be the odd man vs tough righties for a while? Price could always rest Billy a little more too….move Schebler to CF and Scooter to RF.

  9. I wonder if there’s ever been a team to score 13 runs in a game with the bottom four slots in the batting order combining for an 0 for 16 outing.

    The top five slots hit 11 for 19, plus five walks and an HBP. Their combined OBP was .680 tonight.

  10. Did we mention how Scooter is a Cincy local ? So many Reds Legends have been.

    • A lot of Red’s players have been from Cincinnati. The Legends are limited to Rose and Larkin.

      • Ha! There were a few others that might fit that definition if you squeezed hard enough to fit the square peg into the round hole. Griffey, Jr. and The Cobra come to mind. But they had their best years with other teams. Buddy Bell wasn’t bad though certainly not an MVP caliber player.

        But c’mon, you’re not a believer of Reds HOF’er Ronald John Oester? What about Todd Benzinger, securer of the last out of the ’90 World Series?

        • Ron Oester in the Reds HOF is Cincinnati at its best and worst.

          It’s good to genuinely appreciate someone who played hard and was a great guy to have on a team, despite being average at best. It’s ridiculous to have a guy in your HOF because he’s scrappy and local.

          • No doubt. The HOF couldn’t display any of his batting gloves because he never wore any! Now that’s the kind of grit that we need from these modern day softies that are donning the wishbone C.

  11. Time to start the countdown-to-bobblehead clock. Anyone care to bet on how quickly one can be tooled up?

  12. I remember a 35-year-old Freddie Patek hitting 3 homers in Fenway Park in 1980. Patek was listed at 5-5 and 140, and had 41 career homers in 1,650 games. If I recall correctly, Patek’s were Fenway specials–ordinary fly balls on a breezy night that just cleared the wall.

    Scooter’s homers were mashed, and I liked the hit-em-to-all-fields part of it. I can see him in the Tony Phillips/Ben Zobrist role, playing 2B, 3B, LF, & RF, and thereby spelling every regular other than Votto and the catchers.

  13. He’s been a nice addition and he had one of the best games ever….but let’s not get too caught up in the moment.

    A mediocre team beat another mediocre team and an average player had 5 awesome at bats.

    2 months ago, Amir Garret was a can’t miss ace who was never going to have a bad start. Cody Reed’s arrival last year was greeted with “Japan Surrenders” enthusiasm. Scott Schebler was an after thought in the Todd Frazier fleecing.

    • But I think this reality is what makes something like this so special. It’s completely unexpected and it takes people’s mind off the fact that their team isn’t going to the playoffs this year.

      And if your team isn’t a winner, you have the choice of tuning out or watching the rebuild process. As interesting as that can be at times, it certainly comes with its baggage. I, for one, really enjoyed the reprieve that last night provided. But I have no expectation going forward that Scooter’s going to a starter, let alone an All-Star, let alone an MVP.

    • Since Scooter is what he is, that is exactly why we SHOULD get caught up in the moment.

      No one thinks Scooter is a real 136 wRC+ hitter… stop being so Debbie Downer, Chuck!! 😉

  14. I know the game is an aberration … it would be for any team especially when a bench player doing a spot start pulls of the nearly impossible. No it isn’t a predictor of the future. I get that and I know some on the forum just want to shout “reality”.

    But really, it was way more than fun and it proved these Reds love to play the game. It’s especially fun when the Birds go down in flames like they did. Wainwright won’t head for the showers that early very often, but tonight we did it and then kept on mashing. Let’s savor the moment some day in July or August when we’re getting killed.

  15. Scooters night is an aberration….this is true. Scooter’s ops at Gabp is .989 and Peraza’s is .537….that is also true! Shorter fences and a smaller outfield to cover is perfect for a offensive minded utility guy.

    • The Reds played a lot of years with the shortened fences of Crosley Field and now at GABP so I don’t think that has anything to do with Gennett’s achievement which is the first in franchise history and the Reds have been around since 1869. Plus only 17 major league players had ever done what Gennett accomplished last night. Also Adleman was and has been more than just adequate.

      • I wasn’t referring to last night per se….just noting that Scooter is good fit for GABP. It would be scary to put a lifetime infielder in the outfield in Colorado, Arizona, Miami, SF, etc

  16. So much fun to watch Scooter’s career night for the Reds. Two other thoughts: welcome back Tony Cingrani. Hope he’s a boost to the bullpen and maybe even makes it possible for Lorenzen to start some games. And a tip of the cap to Cardinals fans (I know, right?) who were at the game last night. I saw many of them standing and cheering for Gennett after his fourth bomb. Credit where credit is due.

    • @CFD: Yes, Well said. Plaudits to you and the Cards fans. I sat in the lower box seats by first base. The Cardinals fans were not only courteous; they stood for Scooter at the end. Of course, it’s good to see the Birds go down in flames and to see Molina and Wainwright leave early. But is mustalso be noted that the Cardinals fans were respectful of the game and the moment in baseball history. Props to them!

    • Regarding Cingrani, I thought he was squeezed pretty good on the first 2 batters, as several of the calls seemed borderline. Nice recovery. I don’t like that he really is a one trick (pitch) pony, but he’s somewhat effective. I’m interested to see if Price keeps Peralta ahead of him in high leverage situations.

  17. The Scooter & Tim Show was all fun and games last night. Incredible and timely performances by both.
    History made, good history, and it wasn’t bad history by a bad bullpen or starting rotation.
    Just win one of the next two for a series win against STL. Reds need to get back to winning series again.
    Cingrani looked really shaky and rusty in that ninth inning. He isn’t ready for high leverage situations yet. Luckily he came in with a 13-1 lead. He let the first two batters get on base. But he did induce two ground balls to the SS to get the last 3 outs.

  18. Shame I missed this one on TV. I really like Scooter as a super-utility bench bat kinda guy. Tonight is obviously a beautiful anomaly but he’s been an okay fill-in. I would not mind having him signed for this role for a few years if we can afford it. Still hope we can trade Duvall and Cozart at or before the deadline. Worries me if they break off a winning streak they’ll try and rush the rebuild, which they absolutely cannot do.

  19. I hope Price doesn’t pull a Dusty ( sat Heisey after a 3 Homer game) and sit Scooter tonight. Let him play. I mean come on Scooter could be leading the league in homers by next monday.

  20. Looking for that injury that opens the market for Zack Cozart. The surging Blue Jays lost 2nd baseman Devon Travis for an extended period of time. It doesn’t have to be a SS injury that will get a team calling the Reds front office. Second and/or third base might figure in at some point.
    Blue Jays farm system is not flush with talent. I doubt the Jays would give up OF Vlad Guerrero, Jr. or OF Anthony Alford in a Cozart deal.
    A nice package could be RHP Sean Reid-Foley (AA) and SS Bo Bichette (low-A).

      • It will take a bigger hole to create that market….but we could also hope tulo got a bad batch of “vitamins” and tests + for PED’s

    • I guess Toronto has made noise that they could be buyers but I don’t see it? With their guys back they could be better then Tampa…possibly Baltimore but the Yankees/Red Sox are better and have richer pockets as well. I guess I just don’t want to Cozart traded just to be traded. I don’t see us getting that much in return for a rental? Do they think he’ll get $60mil for 4 years or something? He’s not going to hit .350….lol

    • I hope that helps to make the stadium not look so empty. After all, they are playing the Cardinals.

  21. Trade Scooter now! His value will never be higher!!
    C’mon, you know it’s the right thing to do.

  22. I wonder how Chris Carpenter explained this game to his children? Yes, I’m still holding on.

    • I’ve clearly moved on better than you have, because I merely thought it but didn’t post it.

      😉

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