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Historic Night in Cincinnati for Scooter Gennett

When Scooter Gennett stepped into the batter’s box in the bottom of the 8th inning at the Great American Ballpark Tuesday night, he had already accomplished what only a handful of Reds had accomplished in the team’s 136-year history; hit 3 home runs in a game. Down in the count 0-2 Gennett connected on a fastball, sending a line drive into the rightfield bleachers for his 4th home run of the night, the first Reds player to accomplish the feat. With this swing, Scooter became only the 17th player in Major League history to hit 4 homers in a single game and the first to do so since Josh Hamilton in 2012.

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Beginning his night with a bloop single in the first, Gennett would finish the game 5-5 with 10 RBIs in the Reds 13-1 thumping of the Cardinals, tying the franchise single-game RBI record set in 1949 by Walker Cooper.

In the 3rd, Gennett would add four more runs to scoreboard with a grand slam against St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright.

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Gennett’s performance at the plate would allow Cincinnati right-hander Tim Adleman, who pitched 7 solid innings to pick up his fourth win of the season.

Coming into Tuesday night, Gennett had never hit more than 4 home runs in a month, let alone a game. The Cincinnati native seemed to be just as surprised as anyone at his historic performance. “Just being a Reds fan all my life, to be able to do this is just unbelievable. It’s sinking in more and more”

The Reds take on the Cardinals again today at 12:35 pm EST in Cincinnati.