Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds is not known for hitting the home-run ball. As of Monday he had just three on the season. After Tuesday his home-run total sky rocketed. Yesterday as the Reds turned to the Cardinals in search of a win, they got more than just a win.
Cincinnati’s offense came to life, and Gennett was front and center. He was the star of the show, as the Reds held St. Louis to just one run on the night. By the end of the game Cincinnati walked away with a 13-1 win over St. Louis.
It marked one of the Red’s biggest wins of the season. They may have Scooter Gennett‘s offense to thank for the win. He looked like a different player. His contribution was not one, or two, but four home-runs on the night, according to The New York Times.
On Tuesday night he seemed to have a newfound power. Before Tuesday, Gennett only had 38 longballs through a total of five seasons. His performance against the Cardinals was unlike anything the Reds had seen before out of Gennett, and quite possibly anyone. Cincinnati may be hoping that there is more where that came from.
With his four longballs on the night, Gennett became a member of an exclusive club. He joined some hall of fame company, being on a list of just 17 major leaguers to ever hit four home-runs in a game. Not even Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth or Hank Aaron did what Gennett did Tuesday night.
The odds of pitching a perfect game are even more likely. A perfect game has been thrown 23 times. Yesterday Gennett went against the odds, and left his imprint in the record books. Following his big Tuesday game, Gennett upped his batting average over .300.
One of his longballs on the night could not of been much louder, it was a grand-slam off of Adam Wainwright. In the fourth inning he sent another baseball flying into the stands off center field of John Gant, and then he got Gant for a second time in the sixth inning. His fourth and final homer on the night came in the eighth inning off of John Brebbia.
It was a special night for Gennett to say the least. With the Reds win over St. Louis, they improved to 27-30 on the season. They are still a losing team, but after their explosive offensive game, they appear to be heading in a better direction.
As of now the Reds sit third place of the NL Central. They trail the Division-leading Chicago Cubs by a matter of three games. Tonight the Reds will be hosting the Cardinals in Game 3 of their four game series. They will be aiming for their third consecutive win.
Can the Reds put another win together? Should Cincinnati expect more offense out of Scooter Gennett going forward? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod