Scooter Gennett ties all-time record with four home runs against the Cardinals

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Update: Gennett hit his fourth home run in the eighth inning, a two-run home run off of John Brebbia. He’s the 15th player to accomplish the feat in the modern era.

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Reds outfielder Scooter Gennett is having the game of his life on Tuesday against the Cardinals. He has socked three home runs through six innings, helping the Reds jump out to an 11-0 lead.

Gennett started things off by hitting an RBI single in the first inning. In the third inning, he smoked a grand slam to right field off of Adam Wainwright. After Wainwright was chased out of the game, Gennett smacked a two-run home run to center field off of John Gant in the fourth. He made it three dingers in the sixth with a home run to left field off of Gant.

Gennett previously had just one multi-home run game in his career, a two-homer performance against the Rangers when he was with the Brewers on August 13, 2013.

Four players have now hit three home runs in a game this season. Along with Gennett, Anthony Rendon, Matt Kemp, and Yoenis Cespedes have accomplished the feat.

With two offensive innings left, assuming the Cardinals don’t mount an 11-run comeback, Gennett may get one more shot to become the first player to hit four homers in a game since Josh Hamilton with the Rangers against the Orioles on May 8, 2012.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.