An unlikely former Colorado Springs Sky Sox player tied a famed big league record on Tuesday.
Scooter Gennett, who played 17 games with Colorado Springs in 2015, popped four home runs for Cincinnati in a 13-1 victory over St. Louis. He drove in 10 runs while going 5-for-5.
He’s the 17th player in MLB history to reach four home runs. No one has reached five.
As with many single-game records, the list is a patchwork of legends – Mike Schmidt, Willie Mays, Lou Gehrig – and second-tier stars like Shawn Green, Mike Cameron and Bob Horner.
But Gennett, who had three home runs in 46 games this season prior to Wednesday’s barrage, may be the most out-of-place on the list. Consider that Gennett had just three home runs in 117 plate appearances this season before hitting the four.
Only Mark Whiten (.415) had a lower career slugging percentage among the 12 players to hit four home runs in a game since than the .422 mark Gennett carried into Wednesday. But at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Whiten at least looked like a home run hitter (he finished with 105) than the 5-10, 185-pound Gennett, who has 38 bombs to his credit.
In those 17 games with the Sky Sox, Gennett hit .307 with two home runs and 11 RBIs.
Gennett is not the first player with minor league ties to Colorado Springs to join that short list with four home runs in an MLB game.
Pat Seerey hit four home runs in a game with the Chicago White Sox on July 18, 1948. In 1950, the inaugural season for that minor league team in Colorado Springs, he hit .300 with 44 home runs and 117 RBIs with the Sky Sox during the team’s initial run in the city when games were played at Memorial Park.