Be honest. Before he hit four home runs Tuesday night, what, if anything did you know about Scooter Gennett? For starters, his given name is Ryan, he wears No. 4 and his 10-RBI onslaught was worth upwards of 30 fantasy points. Now comes the fun stuff:
— Born in Cincinnati, he became “Scooter” at age 5, picking out that name as an alias when being confronted by police officers trying to give him a scare — at his mother’s behest — over not wearing a seat belt.
— It’s somewhat of a coincidence that No. 4 hit four home runs in one game, but Gennett never wanted the number associated with Brandon Phillips and tried to shed it when Phillips, in town with the Braves, called it “a slap in the face” that his uniform No. 4 had been given away. Rules prohibit a player from changing his number during the season unless he changes teams.
— The 5-foot-10, 185-pound infielder was claimed off waivers from Milwaukee during spring training for a utility role. Some seasons, he barely hit four homers at all — he reached double-digits only once and had 38 career heading into the game.
— If Scott Schebler had been ready to return to the Reds’ lineup, Gennett likely would not have started in left Tuesday night.
— This season, Gennett has been used at rightfield, leftfield, third base, second base, designated hitter and as a pinch hitter. Games By Position: DH (2), 3B (5), RF (5), LF (6), PH (17), 2B (19).
— Gennett is only the 17th player to hit four home runs in a game and matched the Reds’ record by driving in 10 runs during the 13-1 victory over the Cardinals.
“I was kind of laughing, to be honest with you,” Gennett said. “For a guy like me to do that is crazy — a little short of a miracle.” — With AP