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08 June 2017, 01:44 | Stacy Ballard
Reds' Scooter Gennett homers 3 times, drives in 8 runs
On Tuesday, everybody noticed as he accomplished a feat rarer than a flawless game, rarer than a four-strikeout inning, and just as rare as an unassisted triple play: In a 13-1 win over St. Louis, Gennett hit four home runs, becoming just the 15th player since the start of the 20th century - and 17th ever - to do so.
Gennett, a 27-year-old Cincinnati native, stuck around after the game to meet the 12-year-old fan who caught his fourth homer.
Gennett had two of his four home runs on pitches in the upper third of the strike zone and hit another pitch there for a first-inning single.
Josh Hamilton was the previous player to hit four home runs in one game, for Texas against Baltimore in May 2012. Even Gennett said after the game that he was surprised, "but that's baseball, I guess". Bronson Arroyo will get the start in game three and is 3-4 with a 6.24 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. The last National League player to hit four home runs in one game was Shawn Green for the Los Angeles Dodgers against Milwaukee in May 2002. He was claimed off waivers for the Brewers prior to the start of the season and given Brandon Phillips' No. 4 (Phillips remarked recently that he was insulted the Reds gave the number away).
Gennett ended an 0-for-19 slump during the Reds' 4-2 win over the Cardinals on Monday.
Anyway, Gennett's game scores 31 points - just one behind the all-time mark, although remarkably, only tied for the best score of 2017. He allowed two runs in six innings of a 3-2 victory over Atlanta on Friday.
The right-handed hitting member of the St. Louis Cardinals, who was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1986, wasn't known for being a slugger, but had the game of his life against the Reds.
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