Scooter Gennett hit four home runs during the Cincinnati Reds' 13-1 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night, becoming an unlikely hero.
The feat makes Gennett only the 17th player in major league history to hit four home runs during a game and the first to record five hits, four homers, and 10 RBIs in a game, The Associated Press reported.
"I was kind of laughing, to be honest with you," Gennett said of the unlikely achievement, according to the AP. "For a guy like me to do that is crazy — a little short of a miracle."
Gennett, 27, was claimed off waivers from Milwaukee.
"It's amazing, especially since he's not an everyday player for us," manager Bryan Price said, according to the AP. "He's got power, but four homers in one game? I don't know what to tell you. It's very emotional. It was an honor to witness that."
Before Tuesday's game, Gennett was in a 1-for-20 slump and had zero home runs in 93 at bats, The New York Times reported. Gennett now has 42 career home runs, compared with an average of 309 career homers for the 16 previous sluggers to achieve four home runs in a game, the Times said.
Gennett's name is added to a list that includes Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt, Joe Adcock, Rocky Colavito, Carlos Delgado, Lou Gehrig, Shawn Green, Gil Hodges, and Chuck Klein.
Texas Rangers player Josh Hamilton was the last to achieve four home runs in a game in 2012.
Gennett's homers included a grand slam in the third inning, a two-run homer in the fourth inning, a solo homer in the sixth inning, and a line-drive, two-run homer in the eighth inning, USA Today noted.
"Nights like these just don’t happen to guys like Scooter, who was so thrilled that the Hall of Fame asked for memorabilia, that he gave away everything but his jock strap," Bob Nightengale wrote for USA Today Sports.
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