Scotter Gennett powers Big Red Machine in Miami

Scooter Gennett single-handily powered the Cincinnati Reds past the Miami Marlins 4-2 on Thursday with a two-run double in the third inning and a two-run home run in the seventh. 

He even made the diving play by second base to throw to first baseman Joey Votto to end the game. 

“That play by Scooter was amazing,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. “Rojas and Castro, we were concerned about them. They are really doing well at putting the barrel on the ball … that ball is a hit on most days. Scooter made a great play.”

“I was playing more straight up rather than pull,” Gennett said of the play, which according to him, was the quickest way to “get in the clubhouse and get in the shower.”

“I was able to get a good jump on it, dove and the ball went in my glove,” he said. “Things happen pretty fast out there, I don’t try to dive and slam my head on the ground unless I feel like I have a chance at getting it.”

Gennett’s double came off the fastball of Marlins rookie starter Jeff Brigham, who was working on a no-hitter prior to the at-bat. It looked like it was going to be a home run until it hit the wall. 

“It’s a big ballpark,” Gennett said of Marlins Park. “In most ballparks, that’s probably gone. 

Gennett tagged Marlins reliever Elieser Hernandez’s 91-mph fastball to the upper deck for his 23rd home run of the season. 

“I knew I got that one,” Gennett said.

In an unlikely fashion, Gennett has been a star ever since the Reds claimed him off waivers just days before the 2017 season and brought him back to his birthplace. 

He made his presence known last year with a four-homer game en route to hitting .295 with 27 dinners and 97 RBI. He’s followed that up with a game-tying home run in his first All-Star Game and a league leading .317 batting average this season.

Gennett has a couple more years of arbitration left until becoming a free agent after the 2020 season. He has become a star in the Reds uniform and extending him long term should be a top priority. 

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A graduate of the University of Arizona (2008-2013), Tony Capobianco covered sports from preps to pros since 2011 from the Tucson Citizen to Miami Herald to most recently with the Enid News & Eagle. The "Cuban Cowboy" took a first pitch to the nuts and lived to laugh at the viral video. Follow him @TonyCapobianco

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