Cincinnati Reds' Scooter Gennett (4) celebrates with Eugenio Suarez, center, and Patrick Kivlehan, right, after hitting a two-run home run off St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher John Gant during Tuesday's game.
On Tuesday, everybody noticed as he accomplished a feat rarer than a ideal game, rarer than a four-strikeout inning, and just as rare as an unassisted triple play: In a 13-1 win over St. Louis, Gennett hit four home runs, becoming just the 15th player since the start of the 20th century - and 17th ever - to do so.
Gennett is the seventh player to hit homers in four consecutive at-bats during a game, joining American Leaguers Carlos Delgado, Mike Cameron, Rocky Colavito and Lou Gehrig along with National Leaguers Mike Schmidt and Robert Lowe from 1894. He has participated in four minor league All-Star Games and two Triple-A home run derbies, and he played in Japan in the 2014 and '15 seasons.
"It's surreal, man, it really is", said Gennett, who went 5-for-5 and tied a franchise record with 10 RBIs. By going 5 for 5 on Tuesday, he raised his batting average 32 points to.302.
At 5-foot-5 and just 185 pounds, Gennett was claimed from Milwaukee off waivers late during spring training to be used as a utility infielder.
Coming into Tuesday's game, Gennett had only 38 homers to his name over 502 career games in the Major League Baseball.
No player in the major leagues had 5 hits, 4 home runs and 10 runs batted in, in one game until Tuesday night. Scherzer (7-3), the 2016 National League Cy Young victor, gave up an unearned run in the first inning and allowed three hits with two walks in seven innings. Gennett's last grand slam came on June 25, 2014, vs. Washington.
Alex Avila had two hits, including a solo homer, and scored twice for Tigers but struck out with the bases loaded to end the game. The night he did so, he hit four two-run home runs, giving him 8 RBI for the night. They've dropped eight of their last 10 overall.
Cincinnati (27-30) has won nine of its past 14 meetings with St. Louis (26-30). Zack Cozart went 2 for 3 with a double, while Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto added base hits as well in the win. 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. Cincinnati LHP Tony Cingrani was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and RHP Lisalverto Bonilla was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
Humber carried an 11-10 lifetime record into his start for the White Sox vs. the Mariners in Seattle on April 21, 2012.
Phillies 3, Braves 1: Aaron Nola allowed a run over eight innings, Odubel Herrera doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth and Philadelphia survived a ninth-inning scare to beat Atlanta.
He became the 17th player ― and first Red ― to accomplish the feat.