KODAK, Tenn. (AP) – Arizona farmhand Jon Griffin matched the Southern League record with four home runs in the Mobile BayBears’ 17-7 victory over the Tennessee Smokies on Wednesday night.
Griffin was 5 for 6 with seven RBIs. The 25-year-old first baseman hit solos homers in the fifth and sixth innings, added a three-run shot in the seventh and a two-run homer in the ninth. He also singled in the first.
The 6-foot-6 Griffin has nine homers in 40 games this season after hitting three in 61 games last season for Mobile. He played at Central Florida and was drafted in the 21st round by the Diamondbacks in 2011.
George Kalafatis had the only other four-homer game in Southern League history, accomplishing the feat for Montgomery in a 13-0 victory over visiting Birmingham on July 1, 1969.