Griffin smacks 4 HRs against Smokies; ties SL record
Kodak (WATE/Smokies)- Mobile first baseman Jon Griffin tied a Southern League record by blasting four home runs as the BayBears beat the Smokies 17-7 on Wednesday night at Smokies Park.
Griffin’s home runs came in consecutive plate appearances off four different Tennessee hurlers. He drove in seven runs.
Smokies third baseman Kris Bryant smashed his Southern League leading 12th home.
The series opening victory was the ninth win in ten contests for Mobile and improved their South Division leading record to 28-17.
The Smokies fell to 24-21 and dropped their fifth game in their last six meetings of 2014.
It was only the second time in Southern League history a player has left the yard four times in a contest, with the other occasion occurring on July 1, 1969 by George Kalafatis of the Montgomery Biscuits.
Griffin crushed solo shots in the fifth and sixth frames, in addition to a three-run big fly in the seventh, before tying the record with a two-run longball in the ninth.
Three of the four homers were hit to the opposite field in right, while his second of the evening was launched to straightaway center field.