Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A most unlikely batting champion

Last night, Cincinnati Reds' player Scooter Gennett had a remarkable night.  5 hits, 4 home runs (including a grand slam), 10 runs batted in, 17 total bases.  Those are records for the Reds (except for the RBIs, where he tied the club record).

Only 14 players in the history of the game have hit 4 home runs in a single game.  Gennett is now in a very exclusive club, including the likes of Lou Gehrig and Willie Mays.  The Baseball Hall of Fame asked him for the uniform he wore.

The punch line?  The Reds picked him up in the off-season when Milwaukee put him on waivers.  He only broke an 0-19 batting slump on Monday.

This is one of the reasons that I love baseball.


Tim Wolter said...

Or how about Twins catcher Chris Giminez who just made his sixth relief pitching appearance. He only gets called when the game is late and ugly. His 68 mph fastball probably looks like a knuckler to most batters. But damn it all he threw a 1-2-3 5th inning in yesterday's massacre!


R.K. Brumbelow said...

Not bad, Not bad at all. I am still a fan of a particular RBI record for obvious reasons though...
Hack Wilson 191 in a season.

I am not sure if I want my great grandfathers record to be broken or not. If it is, I would definately like to be there for it though.