Cincinnati Reds infielder Scooter Gennett became the 17th player in baseball history to hit four home runs in one game, clubbing a quartet of home runs against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. One of the home runs was a grand slam, and he’s 5-for-5 with 10 RBI.
The Reds won this particular baseball game.
Gennett came into the game with three home runs on the season, and he left with seven. He had 38 career home runs, which was 2.2 percent of his 1,754 plate appearances. While he’s 27 with a lot of career left, it’s safe to suggest that this is the unlikeliest four-homer game in recent memory.
Gennett was the first player with four homers in a game since Josh Hamilton in 2012. The full list, in reverse chronological order:
- Josh Hamilton, May 8, 2012
- Carlos Delgado, September 25, 2003
- Shawn Green, May 23, 2002
- Mike Cameron, May 2, 2002
- Mark Whiten, September 7, 1993
- Bob Horner, July 6, 1986
- Mike Schmidt, April 17, 1976
- Willie Mays, April 30, 1961
- Rocky Colavito, June 10, 1959
- Joe Adcock, July 31, 1954
- Gil Hodges, August 31, 1950
- Pat Seerey, July 18, 1948
- Chuck Klein, July 10, 1936
- Lou Gehrig, June 3, 1932
- Ed Delahanty, July 13, 1896
- Bobby Lowe, May 30, 1894
ESPN Stats and Info and Elias Sports Bureau have both confirmed that Gennett is the first person named “Scooter” to have four home runs in one game, as well.