|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 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.
–Keep moving, nothing to see here.
–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.