Arguably the single best performance in Cincinnati Reds history in a single game took place on this date three years ago. That’s the day when the Cincinnati Reds beat the snot out of the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ballpark by a score of 13-1. Scooter Gennett went wild on the day, going 5-5 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI.
Gennett was the first, and still is the only Reds player to ever hit 4 home runs in a game. Hitting 4 home runs in a game is even more rare than throwing a perfect game – it’s happened just 18 times.
That was the turning point for Gennett on the season. The infielder was hitting .270/.308/.450 on the season heading into the game. Nothing terrible with that line, of course, but it wasn’t great, either. By the end of the night he was hitting .302/.336/.578. Not counting his 4-homer game, he would go on to hit .293/.344/.516 the rest of the season for the Reds, including another 20 home runs – leading to a career best 27 homers and 97 RBI.
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