Scooter Gennett on Tuesday night became the first player to hit four home runs in a game since Josh Hamilton on May 8, 2012. He’s the 17th player to ever do it and the 15th in the modern era; the sixth in this millennium. He finished 5-for-5 with the four homers and 10 RBI.
Of the 15 modern era four-homer performances, only one other player — Mark Whiten — reached double-digits in RBI. Five others had five or more hits, including Shawn Green, who had six.
Gennett is the ninth outfielder to have a four-homer game in the modern era. Five of the 15 performances were achieved by first basemen and one by a third baseman (Mike Schmidt).
The only players to reach base in each of his plate appearances during his four-homer performance, along with Gennett, were Hamilton, Carlos Delgado, Green, Rocky Colavito, and Joe Adcock.
Gennett is also arguably the most unlikely player to have achieved a four-homer game. To put his performance in perspective, Gennett hit 9.5 percent of his 42 career home runs against the Cardinals on Tuesday night. He raised his season triple-slash line from .270/.308/.450 to .302/.336/.578. His career triple-slash line went from .279/.317/.422 to .281/.319/.431.
The Athletics followed Friday’s 3-0 shutout with a rookie-led home run derby on Saturday afternoon, watching not one, not two, but three rookies belt their first major league home runs off of the White Sox’ James Shields.
Right fielder Matt Olson was the first to strike, taking Shields deep on a first-pitch, two-run blast in the first inning for his first home run in 49 major league plate appearances:
Fellow outfielder Jaycob Brugman duplicated his teammate’s results in the second inning with a solo home run, his first extra-base hit of any kind since he made his debut on June 9:
In the third, with a comfortable 4-0 lead backing two scoreless frames from Oakland right-hander Daniel Gossett, Franklin Barreto took his shot at Shields. After getting the call several hours prior to Saturday’s game, he became the fastest of the three rookies to record his first big league homer, going yard on a 2-2 changeup and driving in Bruce Maxwell to give the A’s a six-run advantage.
The Athletics currently lead the White Sox 8-2 in the top of the sixth inning.
The Athletics called up their top prospect on Saturday, inserting shortstop Franklin Barreto into the lineup for their second game against the White Sox. Barreto was originally scheduled to make his major league debut on Sunday, but got a head start after Jed Lowrie sustained a minor knee sprain in Friday’s 3-0 win and was scratched from Saturday’s lineup.
Barreto, 21, has been rapidly climbing the rungs of the A’s minor league system after getting dealt by the Blue Jays in 2014. He got his first taste of Triple-A action late last year, going 6-for-17 with three RBI and getting caught stealing in two attempts. He fared little better this spring, slashing .281/.326/.428 with eight home runs and a .754 OPS through his first 309 PA in Nashville.
While his minor league production has been solid, if underwhelming for a prospect of his caliber, the A’s are expected to give the rookie infielder a long leash with both Marcus Semien and Chad Pinder sitting on the disabled list. Pinder landed on the 10-day DL after suffering a left hamstring strain on Friday. Semien, meanwhile, is still working his way back from the 60-day DL with a right wrist fracture and likely won’t rejoin the team until he completes a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton.