"When I came over, I didn't expect to get that number", Gennett said. On September 4, 1993, Jim Abbott of the New York Yankees threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians, three days before St. Louis' Mark Whiten hit his four HRs against Cincinnati (the same fixture Gennett recorded his in).
The four-home run game is one of the most exciting baseball feats-it fits neatly into a short highlight video, and the building crowd excitement is great-and it's among the least predictable baseball, because anyone can achieve it.
Gennett, who is 27 years old, was a sixteenth-round pick of the Brewers in the 2009 draft. Gennett went five-for-five, hitting his four home runs off three Cardinal pitchers and amassing 10 RBI.
Going into the game, Gennett was 0 for his last 19 at bats but his 5-for-5 night Tuesday increased his current batting average to.302 from.270.
In the final days before the 2017 season began, Cincinnati plucked the second baseman turned utility player off waivers, adding a bench bat to its roster with no one really noticing, and then keeping him in a reserve role through the season's first two months.
Gennett hit an RBI single in the first inning, a grand slam in the third, a two-run shot in the fourth, a solo homer in the sixth and a two-run home run in the eighth. He was sent to the bullpen late in the season and was out of the majors following the 2013 season.
Wainwright (nine earned runs allowed) was not allowed to face Gennett again, being pulled after Suarez cleared the bases with a triple prior to Gennett coming up. He homered twice off right-hander John Gant, in the fourth and sixth innings, then went deep off John Brebbia in the eighth.
MILWAUKEE - Chase Anderson pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, drove in a run and won his third straight game for Milwaukee. However, the Cardinals haven't shown me anything over the last week to warrant me putting any faith in them, especially after the Reds pasted St. Louis on Tuesday. He advanced on a groundout and scored on Gennett's single that got the Reds rolling. Wainwright fell to 9-11 career against Cincinnati with a 5.01 ERA.
Humber carried an 11-10 lifetime record into his start for the White Sox vs. the Mariners in Seattle on April 21, 2012. Bonilla was 1-3 with a 7.43 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances. Nick Pivetta (1-2) permitted three runs in five innings for his first major league win. Reds RF Scott Schebler was out of the lineup for the third straight day after straining his left shoulder making a diving catch on Saturday.
Although he'd never homered against Wainwright, Gennett hammered a 92-mph fastball 404 feet to right-center for his second career grand slam, putting the Reds up 5-0.
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