Scooter Gennett’s past performance certainly didn’t portend his power outburst on Tuesday. The Reds’ utility player had hit just 38 home runs in five seasons, including three this year.
But Gennett’s bat turned mighty on a magical night against the St. Louis Cardinals in Cincinnati. He tied a major league record with four home runs in the Reds’ 13-1 victory.
He became the 17th player ― and first Red ― to accomplish the feat.
“That’s something I never thought I would do,” he told news outlets in the video above. “Even three home runs would be too crazy for me.”
The 27-year-old Gennett hit a mere single in his first at-bat, then muscled up. He homered four straight times, including a grand slam, to tie a club record with 10 runs batted in, the Associated Press reported.
According to CBS Sports, Gennett had just broken a 0-for-19 slump the night before.
Here’s the record-matcher. “Can you believe it?” the announcer asked.