Exactly two weeks ago today, I wrote an article regarding the 15 year anniversary of Shawn Green’s Major League record (tying) four homer game against the Brewers.
But in absolutely no world did I think I’d be writing a new one up of my own, let alone doing so just two weeks later. Oh, and if you told me Scooter Gennett, who had just 38 career home runs in four and half Major League seasons before tonight, would be the one to do it, I would’ve laughed myself to sleep.
Well, here I am, laughing:
Gennett. The best a man can hit. pic.twitter.com/ekgeeyqMe1
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 7, 2017
For good measure, Gennett also added a single on the night, to go along with his 10 RBI, making it a perfect 5-5 day against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Check out his slash line before and after the game:
He added over thirty points of batting average and 28 points of OBP, before raising his slugging percentage by 128 points overall! That took him from a below average 97 wRC+ to start the night to a 136 wRC+ afterwords!
Here’s a look at all four at once, but this time with a soundtrack:
— Matt Allaire (@AllaireMatt) June 7, 2017
And it’s not like he hasn’t been playing, either. Tonight was Gennett’s 46th game of the season and he now has over 120 plate appearances. Raising your season numbers by that much is ridiculously hard to do this far into the season.
On May 8, 2012, Josh Hamilton hit four home runs, to become the 16th player ever to reach the feat. Tonight, June 6, 2017, Scooter Gennett became number 17. Wow.
And for some added yucks, let me remind you that his grand slam in the third inning didn’t even have to happen:
— Baseball is Fun (@flippingbats) June 7, 2017