DYK: Gennett has a slam and career night

June 7th, 2017

Scooter Gennett was a one-man offense Tuesday, propelling the Reds to a 13-1 win over the Cardinals with a four-homer, 10-RBI performance at Great American Ball Park.

In the best game of his career, the Reds' utility man singled in his first trip to the plate against the Cardinals, then homered in each subsequent at-bat, including a grand slam in the third inning. He totaled 17 bases on the night.

• Gennett 17th in MLB history with 4-HR game

Below is a look at some facts and figures from Gennett's historic game:

• Gennett's performance marked the 17th four-home run game in Major League history, and the first since Josh Hamilton did it on May 8, 2012.

• Gennett is the first Reds player to collect four home runs in a single game, and he's also the first to do it at Great American Ball Park. The last Reds batter to homer three times in a game was Joey Votto on June 9, 2015, in Cincinnati.

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• Of the 17 players who've accomplished the feat, only Gennett and Mark Whiten did so while hitting a grand slam. Gennett's 10 RBIs are also second to Whiten's 12 among the players in the four-home run club. Whiten's 12 RBIs are tied for the MLB record for any game with Jim Bottomley (Sept. 16, 1924).

• Gennett has just one other multihomer game in his five-year big league career. He hit two home runs against the Rangers on Aug. 13, 2013, during his rookie season with the Brewers. He's never had more than three extra-base hits in a game.

• Gennett entered Tuesday with just three home runs in 2017, all within the first two weeks of the season. He last homered on April 11.

• Gennett's home runs combined to total a Statcast-projected distance of 1,568 feet, the longest cumulative distance for a single game in the Statcast™ era (2015-present). It bested 's previous record of 1,324 feet on July 25, 2015.

• Gennett's 38 career homers entering Tuesday tied Whiten for the fewest at the time of a four-homer game (among the 15 since 1901). Whiten went on to collect 105 throughout his 11-year career. Fourteen of the 17 players hit at least 100 throughout their careers, while nine belted more than 300, including Willie Mays, whose 660 represent the highest total among the list. Only Gennett, Bobby Lowe (71) and Pat Seerey (86) fall short of 100.

• Gennett's 17 total bases are tied with Gil Hodges and Mike Schmidt for the third most since at least 1913, trailing only Shawn Green (19), Hamilton (18) and Joe Adcock's (18) four-homer games.

• Gennett bested his previous career highs for home runs (two), hits (four), RBIs (five), extra-base hits (three) and total bases (eight). He's had four four-hit performances prior to Tuesday, all with the Brewers in 2015-16.

• Whiten also had his four-homer game in Cincinnati, but at Riverfront Stadium. The only ballpark in which the feat happened twice was Brooklyn's Ebbets Field, where Hodges did it in 1950 and Adcock in '54. The only city in which it has happened three times is Chicago, but at three different venues: Ed Delahanty did it at West Side Grounds in 1896, Schmidt at Wrigley Field in 1976, and Mike Cameron at U.S. Cellular Field in 2002.

• The list of players who've homered four times in a game is as follows:

American League

Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers, May 8, 2012

Carlos Delgado, Toronto Blue Jays, Sept. 25, 2003

Mike Cameron, Seattle Mariners, May 2, 2002

Rocky Colavito, Cleveland Indians, June 10, 1959

Pat Seerey, Chicago White Sox, July 18, 1948

Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees, June 3, 1932

National League

Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati Reds, June 6, 2017

Shawn Green, Los Angeles Dodgers, May 23, 2002

Mark Whiten, St. Louis Cardinals, Sept. 7, 1993

Bob Horner, Atlanta Braves, July 6, 1986

Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia Phillies, April 17, 1976

Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants, April 30, 1961

Joe Adcock, Milwaukee Braves, July 31, 1954

Gil Hodges, Brooklyn Dodgers, Aug. 31, 1950

Chuck Klein, Philadelphia Phillies, July 10, 1936

Ed Delahanty, Philadelphia Phillies, July 13, 1896

Bobby Lowe, Boston Beaneaters, May 30, 1894