Mike Ford belts four homers

Updated: May 26, 2014, 11:33 AM ET
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Hitting four home runs in a game is a pretty rare feat at any level of baseball, but for it to happen twice in a week is almost unheard of.

New York Yankees farmhand Mike Ford of the Class A Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League became the second minor league player to accomplish the feat in the last six days, hitting a team-record four homers in a 17-10 victory against the Hickory Crawdads on Sunday in Hickory, N.C.

Jon Griffin of the Double-A Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks) hit four home runs on Wednesday night -- and five straight spanning two games.

Ford went 4-for-5 with 5 RBIs. The 21-year-old first baseman hit a two-run homer in the fourth and solo shots in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings to double his season total in just one game. He now has eight for the season.

According to SABR, it is the first time since 2007 that two players have hit four home runs in a game in a single minor league season. The last South Atlantic League player to accomplish the feat was Tony Mongeluzzo, who did it for the Savannah Sand Gnats in 2002.



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