Final R H E
St. Louis Cardinals (26-30) 1 5 0
Cincinnati Reds (27-30) 13 11 0
W: Adleman (4-2) L: Wainwright (6-4)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–The immortal Scooter Gennett wrote his name in the Reds history books tonight with a dazzling game: 5-5 with 4 home runs and 10 runs batted in. Starting in place of the injured Scott Schebler, Gennett singled home a run in the first. He put the game away with a third-inning grand slam that gave the Reds a 5-0 lead.

The next inning, Eugenio Suarez hit a bases-loaded triple to extend the lead to 8-0. One batter later, Scooter hit his second homer of the night, to center field. That’s 2 HR, 7 RBI so far.

Scooter wasn’t done. In the sixth inning, he hit a solo shot to the opposite field. 3 HR, 8 RBI.

Then, in the eighth inning, everyone was on their feet for Scooter’s final at-bat. With a runner on base, Gennett got down two strikes, then hit a laser to right field that got up just high enough to reach the seats. Four home runs, 10 RBI, 17 total bases. Amazing.

There aren’t enough superlatives to describe what we saw from Scooter Gennett tonight. The four home runs tied a major league record — he’s the 17th player to accomplish the feat — and established a new single-game Cincinnati franchise record. The ten runs batted in ties Walker Cooper for the all-time Reds club record.

He’s only the second player in the entire history of Major League Baseball to have 4 homers and 10 RBI. He’s the first player in baseball history to go 5-5 with 4 HR and 10 RBI.

Let us tell all our children and grandchildren about The Legend of Scooter Gennett.

–Surprisingly, it wasn’t all Scooter tonight. Tim Adleman tossed his third consecutive quality start, going 7 innings and allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks, with 7 strikeouts. Adleman continues to be adequate.

–Zack Cozart continued hitting the ball well: single, double, walk. Billy Hamilton had two hits and a walk.

–Drew Storen and Tony Cingrani — in his return to the big league roster — pitched scoreless innings of relief.

The Bad
–Keep moving, nothing to see here.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–What did we just see?

–Scooter Gennett — who, you must remember, was claimed off waivers by the Reds this spring — is now hitting .302/.336/.578, .383 wOBA, 136 wRC+, 7 homers this season. Incredible.

–Check out the video of Billy’s blast from the first inning below. He crushed that ball.

–Chris and I are frantically trying to find out if we can add a Scooter chapter to our upcoming book. What a night.

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53 Responses

  1. G L

    Move over Votto, Cozart. Gennett is an ALL STAR! lol.. At least, tonight he was. I wonder how much 1 game can change a player’s WAR!

    If Aldeman continues to improve, he could be a reasonable starter at the lower end of the rotation. In 10 starts, he’s had 3 bad outings, but he’s also had 5 quality starts (which is pretty good in this year’s rotation). Maybe he can be a Dan Straily type or a very poor man’s Mike Leake.

    • Andy

      Is it possible to get >1.0 WAR in a single game? Does the calculation take into account the fact that you can’t win more than one game in a single game?

      • G L

        I don’t know, but I’m going to guess the calculation isn’t that smart.

      • G L

        I checked fangraphs. Gennet’s WAR before tonights game: .02
        It will be interesting to see what happens to it tomorrow.

    • Jack

      Ouch! Brandon needs to age gracefully.

  2. G L

    Also, tonight, Aldeman was more than just adequate. Let’s give props when they are due.

    • Chad Dotson

      Certainly more than adequate today. I meant he has been adequate this season…he was fantastic tonight. And an easy guy to root for.

      • G L

        Tis fair. But I hope we see that Tim Aldeman from tonight again 🙂

  3. brunsfam

    Thanks for a great night Scooter!

  4. ncboiler

    Just to put it in perspective; using 210,000 MLB games in history, a batter has hit 4 homeruns in 0.008% of the games.

  5. RedsFanForLife

    Let’s play the hot hand and go with Scooter starting for a while. How about this lineup for the next week or so. BHam, Cozart, JV, Duvall, Gennett, Suarez, Schebler, Mes or Tucker, P

    • Big56dog

      agree except, put Billy at the bottom and its hard to find a much more efficient line-up, really would like to see Mes batting higher

  6. Jason

    I wonder what Brandon Phillips is thinking about his old number hitting 4 homers. Ha.

    • Big56dog

      Felt like another slap in the face

  7. Chuck Schick

    Scooter is due for some serious mean reversion. He may never get another hit

    • Big56dog

      craziest part wasn’t he on a 0-19 stretch before his last 6 AB

    • Daytonian

      NIce column, Chad. Nice show of appreciation for Scooter and for Adleman. You show considerable grace when you freely note where their performances have surpassed your earlier assessments.

  8. Andy

    This game enters the top 10 Reds moments that I was old enough to appreciate (born 1980, so no 70’s glory day moments here.) It’s so fun when those moments happen in a regular season game in a season with no expectations. Off the top of my head, other entries: Jay Bruce Clinchmas HR, Adam Dunn game winning grand slam (still probably my favorite ever), Chapman strikes out Posey and the city of Cincy finally wins a playoff game in first time in forever, Homer’s no-hitters, Browning’s perfect game, Todd Benzinger catches a foul pop up, Eric Davis hits for cycle.

  9. Kyle Sea

    time to rename the team, the Cincinnati Scooters. yeah?

  10. Indy Red Man

    6 Reds on pace for 85+ rbis….thats insane! Thames hit his 1st hr in a month and got tested so Scooter better get ready! I think he’ll be ok! Peraza might have to be the odd man vs tough righties for a while? Price could always rest Billy a little more too….move Schebler to CF and Scooter to RF.

  11. kmartin

    Wikipedia: Black Swan Event — see Scooter Gennett June 6, 2017.

  12. Narcisco Borheaus

    Talk about making a statement to be played everyday

  13. KetteringRedsFan

    Time to start the countdown-to-bobblehead clock. Anyone care to bet on how quickly one can be tooled up?

  14. big5ed

    I remember a 35-year-old Freddie Patek hitting 3 homers in Fenway Park in 1980. Patek was listed at 5-5 and 140, and had 41 career homers in 1,650 games. If I recall correctly, Patek’s were Fenway specials–ordinary fly balls on a breezy night that just cleared the wall.

    Scooter’s homers were mashed, and I liked the hit-em-to-all-fields part of it. I can see him in the Tony Phillips/Ben Zobrist role, playing 2B, 3B, LF, & RF, and thereby spelling every regular other than Votto and the catchers.

  15. Chuck Schick

    He’s been a nice addition and he had one of the best games ever….but let’s not get too caught up in the moment.

    A mediocre team beat another mediocre team and an average player had 5 awesome at bats.

    2 months ago, Amir Garret was a can’t miss ace who was never going to have a bad start. Cody Reed’s arrival last year was greeted with “Japan Surrenders” enthusiasm. Scott Schebler was an after thought in the Todd Frazier fleecing.

  16. Chuck Schick

    A lot of Red’s players have been from Cincinnati. The Legends are limited to Rose and Larkin.

    • Chuck Schick

      Ron Oester in the Reds HOF is Cincinnati at its best and worst.

      It’s good to genuinely appreciate someone who played hard and was a great guy to have on a team, despite being average at best. It’s ridiculous to have a guy in your HOF because he’s scrappy and local.

      • Jack

        Exactly. Might as well put freel in the HOF if scrappy is the criteria.

  17. Indy Red Man

    Scooters night is an aberration….this is true. Scooter’s ops at Gabp is .989 and Peraza’s is .537….that is also true! Shorter fences and a smaller outfield to cover is perfect for a offensive minded utility guy.

    • TR

      The Reds played a lot of years with the shortened fences of Crosley Field and now at GABP so I don’t think that has anything to do with Gennett’s achievement which is the first in franchise history and the Reds have been around since 1869. Plus only 17 major league players had ever done what Gennett accomplished last night. Also Adleman was and has been more than just adequate.

      • Indy Red Man

        I wasn’t referring to last night per se….just noting that Scooter is good fit for GABP. It would be scary to put a lifetime infielder in the outfield in Colorado, Arizona, Miami, SF, etc

  18. Indy Red Man

    You mean this weekend? Or today with the Lollipop Kid?

  19. cfd3000

    So much fun to watch Scooter’s career night for the Reds. Two other thoughts: welcome back Tony Cingrani. Hope he’s a boost to the bullpen and maybe even makes it possible for Lorenzen to start some games. And a tip of the cap to Cardinals fans (I know, right?) who were at the game last night. I saw many of them standing and cheering for Gennett after his fourth bomb. Credit where credit is due.

    • Daytonian

      @CFD: Yes, Well said. Plaudits to you and the Cards fans. I sat in the lower box seats by first base. The Cardinals fans were not only courteous; they stood for Scooter at the end. Of course, it’s good to see the Birds go down in flames and to see Molina and Wainwright leave early. But is mustalso be noted that the Cardinals fans were respectful of the game and the moment in baseball history. Props to them!

      • TR

        Cardinal fans have usually been a contrast to Cubs fans.

    • Redgoggles

      Regarding Cingrani, I thought he was squeezed pretty good on the first 2 batters, as several of the calls seemed borderline. Nice recovery. I don’t like that he really is a one trick (pitch) pony, but he’s somewhat effective. I’m interested to see if Price keeps Peralta ahead of him in high leverage situations.

  20. joshtrum

    Shame I missed this one on TV. I really like Scooter as a super-utility bench bat kinda guy. Tonight is obviously a beautiful anomaly but he’s been an okay fill-in. I would not mind having him signed for this role for a few years if we can afford it. Still hope we can trade Duvall and Cozart at or before the deadline. Worries me if they break off a winning streak they’ll try and rush the rebuild, which they absolutely cannot do.

  21. Jack

    I hope Price doesn’t pull a Dusty ( sat Heisey after a 3 Homer game) and sit Scooter tonight. Let him play. I mean come on Scooter could be leading the league in homers by next monday.

  22. wkuchad

    The Padres have a negative team WAR for batting. I wouldn’t have thought that possible for a major league team.

    • lost11found

      And that is with the nice season that Will Myers is putting together. Seems like he’s found himselft a niche and hitting his stride after been traded twice during team control years.

  23. Jim Walker

    Got off a plane and saw this score and thought it might be fake news until I saw it here!

  24. TR

    I hope that helps to make the stadium not look so empty. After all, they are playing the Cardinals.

  25. Indy Red Man

    I guess Toronto has made noise that they could be buyers but I don’t see it? With their guys back they could be better then Tampa…possibly Baltimore but the Yankees/Red Sox are better and have richer pockets as well. I guess I just don’t want to Cozart traded just to be traded. I don’t see us getting that much in return for a rental? Do they think he’ll get $60mil for 4 years or something? He’s not going to hit .350….lol

  26. David

    Trade Scooter now! His value will never be higher!!
    C’mon, you know it’s the right thing to do.

    • Chuck Schick

      Too bad Dave Stewart was fired.

  27. Redgoggles

    I wonder how Chris Carpenter explained this game to his children? Yes, I’m still holding on.

  28. Big56dog

    I suspect Scooter is more likely to be suspended for steroid use than coming close to hitting better than .269/.307/.444 by seasons end, I guess we will see how “not very smart” Chad actually is…