In the first inning of the Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks) vs. Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) game Wednesday night, Cubs prospect Kris Bryant clubbed his Double-A leading 12th homer of the season. He would eventually become an afterthought.
Jon Griffin of the BayBears would go on to hit four home runs, becoming the second man in the history of the Southern League to do so in one game. The first? Well, here's your info from the Smokies' director of media relations:
Notice in the last sentence of the first paragraph how I said "eventually" instead of something like "quickly" or "soon?" That was for a reason, because get this: Griffin's first homer didn't come until the fifth inning.
Let's take that in for a second. Drink it up.
Griffin entered the fifth inning with no homers and ended up hitting four in a nine-inning game.
It definitely helped that Griffin's team scored 11 runs total in the fifth through ninth innings -- in a 17-7 win -- but that's still pretty amazing.
On the game, Griffin went 5-for-6 with four homers and seven RBI (MiLB.com box score).
Griffin is a 6-foot-6, power-hitting, 25-year-old first baseman. He's never been a very highly-touted prospect. The D-Backs grabbed him in the 21st round in 2011 out of the University of Central Florida. He had 28 homers and 102 RBI in 2012 in mostly High-A with five games in Double-A mixed in. He hit .304/.366/.523 that season, too.
Last year, though, Griffin hit .259/.312/.389 with 10 homers and 62 RBI in 103 games in High-A (42 games) and Double-A (61 games) combined. Prior to his explosion Wednesday night, Griffin was hitting .261/.351/.425 with five homers in 39 games for Mobile.
But let's just leave all that aside and enjoy his big night, shall we?
Way to go, Jon. That's a night the overwhelming majority of the baseball-playing world will never come close to experiencing.