Sports world reacts to Scooter Gennett's four-homer game

MLB roundup for June 7

By the end of eight innings Tuesday, Gennett had six hits and 12 RBIs over his last six at-bats. "I kind of just used it as an alias, I thought I would get in trouble if I told them my real name".

Baltimore trailed 4-1 after six innings and 5-3 in the ninth before coming back. It was his 19th start of the season and his sixth in the outfield.

"We were going to plan on it around December, but I have 30 first cousins and it would have been a huge wedding and a lot of stuff to worry about, and she didn't want that", Gennett said. "It wasn't a spur of the moment thing, but it seemed like that to some of the guys in here because I didn't let them know".

An inning later, he came up with two on and the Reds' up 8-0 and hit a two-run home run. "Being from here and born here and watching (the Reds) play when I was little - I can't put it into words".

Pat Seerey hit four home runs in a game with the Chicago White Sox on July 18, 1948.

Jesse Chavez (5-6) picked up the win, allowing two runs and seven hits in 5-plus innings.

Gennett, 27, spent his first four years in Milwaukee, where he made Bernie Brewer slide 35 times in 456 games and was a fan favorite for his scrappy play and likable personality - not to mention the eminently chant-able name.

Gennett went 5-for-5 with four home runs and 10 RBI during Tuesday's 13-1 win over the Cardinals.

"It's very emotional. It was an honor to witness that". With one out in the inning and runners on first and third, Eugenio Suarez hit a sacrifice fly to right field.

Hall of Famer Randy Johnson got to 20 in 2001 for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer did it most recently last season. Wainwright had yielded just one earned run over his previous four starts. Kershaw (7-2, 2.28 ERA) struck out 14 in his last start against Milwaukee to reach 2,000 strikeouts for his career, although the ace has allowed four homers over his past two starts.

In other Reds news, the Reds signed Cuban IF prospect Jose Israel Garcia earlier today, splashing big time cash again before their window to do so closes for two years.

Anderson (5-1) extended his scoreless streak to 21 2/3 innings with the win. His performance at Great American Ball Park accounts for 9.5 per cent of his career home run production. Still, before Tuesday's game, Gennett hadn't homered since April 11, a span of 97 plate appearances with no titanic blasts into the stands, no wind-aided flies clearing the fence, not even a single measly wall-scraper in the rightfield corner.

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