Holy home runs, Batman! Scooter Gennett became one of just 17 players in major league history to hit four homers in a single game Tuesday night in Cincinnati’s 13-1 win over the Cardinals. The 27-year-old outfielder drove in 10 runs with a grand slam, two two-run dingers and a solo shot. Gennette’s 17 total bases are a new Reds team record for a single game, surpassing Walker Cooper’s 15 which were collected on July 6, 1949. By the way, was last night’s game the best ever by a player named after a child’s play-thing? Did “Lawn Dart” Dyson go yard in the ’87 World Series? Is there a Darryl “Pogo” Barnes with six stolen bases?
Renfroe dings Ray
Hunter Renfroe belted two homers last night in San Diego’s 10-2 loss to the Diamondbacks. Renfroe’s 13 jacks are nice, but he’s slashing just .232/.289/.474. It’s fitting that his first bomb of the night came off the left-handed Robbie Ray -- Renfroe is hitting lefties at a .314 clip in 51 at-bats and a measly .206 against righties.
Reynolds enjoys Coors (Field)
Ian who? Mark Reynolds beat up Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger Tuesday night in a 2-for-4 effort with two dingers and 5 RBI. Reynolds has made it impossible for the Rockies to play Ian Desmond over him at first base with .299/.368/.564 splits, 16 home runs and a league-leading 51 RBI. His success seems to be coinciding with more patience – his current strikeout rate is the lowest of his career at 25 percent.
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Max Scherzer dominated the Dodgers to the tune of 14 K’s … he didn’t allow an earned run and moved up to second in the majors with 114 strikeouts, just behind Chris Sale’s 119 … despite the homer he surrendered to Hunter Renfroe, Robbie Ray was dominant over 6 2/3 innings … he struck out 11 making it the fourth time he’s punched out 10 or more hitters.
Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-4 with two home runs in Baltimore’s 6-5 win over the Pirates. Schoop has been scorching lately with hits in eight of his last nine games including four multi-hit games over that span.
What is wrong with Masahiro Tanaka? In 2016, he posted a respectable 14-4 record and 3.07 ERA. This year has been a disaster – he’s just 5-6 with a 6.55 ERA. The easy answer appears to be his hideous 23.3 percent homer run to fly ball ratio. That figure was just 12 percent in 2016. He’s been tagged for 17 home runs this year (fourth-most in the league) and given up multiple dingers in five of his 12 starts.
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Dozier tags Paxton
Brian Dozier clubbed the first bomb surrendered by Seattle’s James Paxton in Minnesota’s 12-3 loss. Dozier is hitting an underwhelming .237/.332/.415, but patience is key. He got off to a slow start in 2016 hitting .215 in May, but exploded in June for a .369 average. He ultimately finished with 42 homers and 99 RBI.
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Quick Hits: Part II
Trea Turner has had his fair share of struggles at the plate (.261/.291/.414), but he continues to be active on the base paths … he stole two bases last night to tie him for second in the majors with 18 total … Billy Hamilton is still the far-and-away leader in that category with 28 swiped bags … Jorge Bonifacio earns the golden sombrero of the night … he struck out four times in Kansas City’s 9-7 win over the Astros.
Nelson Cruz is expected to be OK after he was removed from Tuesday’s game with a calf issue.
Adrian Beltre suffered a sprained Ankle and was seen in a walking boot after Tuesday’s game. A DL stint seems likely.