Minor leaguer hits 5 straight homers

Published 2:14 am Friday, May 23, 2014

KODAK, Tenn. (AP) — Arizona farmhand Jon Griffin ran his homer streak to five at-bats Thursday, connecting leading off the second inning in the Mobile BayBears’ 6-5 loss to the Tennessee Smokies.

On Wednesday night, the 6-foot-6 Griffin homered in his final four at-bats in the BayBears’ 17-7 victory over the Smokies. In his second at-bat Thursday, he walked to end the streak.

On Wednesday, Griffin was 5 for 6 with seven RBIs. The first baseman hit solo homers in the fifth and sixth, added a three-run shot in the seventh and a two-run homer in the ninth. He also singled in the first.

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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.

The 25-year-old Griffin has 10 homers in 41 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.