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With five leadoff RBIs, Gennett in rare Brewers club

One of five in Crew history, rookie infielder first since 1999 to accomplish feat

With five leadoff RBIs, Gennett in rare Brewers club

MILWAUKEE -- Against Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg in Wednesday's 9-2 win, Scooter Gennett provided the Brewers some pop from the leadoff spot.

HIGH FIVE
Top RBI performances for leadoff hitters in Brewers history.
Player Date Line RBIs Result
Scooter Gennett June 25, 2014 2-for-5 5 MIL 9, WSH 2
Marquis Grissom Sept. 26, 1999 4-for-6 5 MIL 11, HOU 3
Fernando Vina April 18, 1997 1-for-4 5 MIL 10, CLE 2
Jim Gantner July 8, 1990 3-for-4 5 MIL 20, CAL 7
Paul Molitor April 22, 1981 3-for-4 5 MIL 8, TOR 1
Paul Molitor April 8, 1978 3-for-6 5 MIL 16, BAL 3

"For a little dude," said teammate Carlos Gomez, "he hits the ball hard."

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Gennett hit a second-inning grand slam and matched a Brewers record for a leadoff hitter by delivering five RBIs. Eric Young, Rickie Weeks and Gomez have all provided power from that lineup spot during the Miller Park era, but no Brewers leadoff man had delivered five RBIs in a game since the County Stadium days. Marquis Grissom was the last to do it, driving in five runs against the Astros on Sept. 26, 1999. Before that, it was Fernando Vina in 1997, Jim Gantner in '90 and Paul Molitor twice -- in '78 and '81.

Vina and Molitor (in the 1981 game) also hit grand slams as part of their five-RBI efforts.

"Obviously, first grand slam for me, so it's a special thing," said Gennett, who could remember hitting two slams in the Minor Leagues. "I didn't hit many home runs in general [in the Minors], but it's always special when you hit a grand slam."

Gennett's was only the eighth grand slam in Brewers history by a player batting in the leadoff spot and the first since Devon White's against the Pirates on May 20, 2001.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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