Lakewood Ranch's Jonathan Griffin blasts five homers in five at-bats for Double-A Mobile (updated)

jdill@bradenton.comMay 23, 2014 

Mobile BayBears first baseman Jonathan Griffin takes a throw during a recent game. Griffin, a Lakewood Ranch and SCF product, hit five consecutive more runs over two games. PHOTO COURTESY MOBILE BAYBEARS

Jonathan Griffin had a day he'll never forget Wednesday playing for the Double-A Mobile BayBears.

Then, with one more big swing, the former Lakewood Ranch and State College of Florida baseball star extended his moment in the sun for yet another day.

The 6-foot-6 first baseman tied a Southern League record with four home runs during a 17-7 victory over the host Tennessee Smokies on Wednesday night in Kodak, Tenn.

When Griffin homered in his first at-bat Thursday afternoon against the Smokies, he had five home runs in five at-bats against five different pitchers.

The incredible power surge inspired a curtain call from the opposing fans and drew attention from ESPN and

MLB Network.

"It was pretty cool," Griffin said in a phone interview Thursday night. "I didn't get to see the MLB Network, I just saw a glimpse of the Sportscenter segment. Obviously, I am going to embrace it while I can. And put it behind me, put it in my past, once I fall asleep (Thursday) and focus on a 'W' (Friday)."

Griffin, who was walked in his second at-bat Thursday, broke the team record of three home runs in a game and tied George Kalafatis, who owned the Southern League record with four home runs in a 1969 game.

The major league record for consecutive at-bats with a home run is four. It has happened several times, but was last accomplished by Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who achieved the feat over two games in 2012.

The last four-homer game in the majors came from Josh Hamilton when he was with the Texas Rangers in 2012.

"It's a great feeling," Griffin said. "You go up and get mentioned with some great names. I saw a Tweet with my name next to Josh Hamilton's name. It's really still amazing for me to see that. So I mean, it's cool to be a part of something like that as you go up."

With Thursday's home run, Griffin, who went 5-for-6 with seven RBIs on Wednesday, also extended his streak to three straight games with a homer.

This long ball weapon isn't out of character for Griffin.

Griffin became the all-time home run king at SCF, then known as Manatee Community College. He hit 38 career home runs in 2008-09, which included the single-season program record of 22 in 2008.

At UCF, Griffin hit 19 home runs in 2011, which ranked second in school history for a single season.

Griffin is hitting .285 with 10 home runs and 28 RBIs and an on-base-plus-slugging-percentage of .911 through Thursday's action. The Mobile BayBears are an affiliate of the Arizona [SoftReturn]Diamondbacks.

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