Harvey Hits Four HR's, Breaks Record

[Daytona Beach, FL] And then there was one, one man holding the Florida State League record for most home runs in a single game: Cubs outfielder Ryan Harvey. The slugger knocked four homers and drove in six runs to lead Daytona (22-12) over the Threshers (20-15) by a final score of 10-9 on Friday night.

Harvey was the news for the first place Daytona Cubs the entire game and especially at the end of the contest. The slugger came up for the first time in the bottom of the first inning with nobody on base and cranked a line-drive homer deep into left-center field to tie the game 1-1. The Cubs would go ahead to bring Harvey up with a 4-2 lead and nobody on in the bottom of the sixth inning. This time Harvey would put some pop into the ball blasting the pitch an estimated 420 feet for his second homer off the starter Luke Lockwood down the line in left.

Carlos Perez (3-5) would give way to a bullpen that had been labored as of late. Perez would exit after six strong innings in which he only allowed one earned run and maintained a 5-2 lead. Jon Hunton, Tim Layden and Jeff Teasley (1-1) would combine to allow seven runs and to allow the Threshers to go ahead in the contest 9-5 after seven and a half.

For the second time in the game Harvey would lead off an inning, this time against reliever Adam Shafer. The Daytona right fielder would go back to the line-drive homer back into left-center field for his third round-tripper of the contest while pulling Daytona to within three runs.

After Teasley worked a scoreless top of the ninth inning, the offense would go to work. Pat Overholt (2-1) who picked up a win against the Cubs just to days ago would come in to pitch. With one out, Sam Fuld would walk to get the rally started. Next up was Jonathan Mota who would have an opposite field single to bring in the tying run. After a Jemel Spearman strikeout it was up to Matt Craig. Craig would hit a high pop-up behind second base that would be muffed by Hector Made to score Fuld and put Mota and Craig in scoring position. With first base open, Threshes manager Greg Legg elected not to walk Harvey who had already hit the three homers. Harvey would step in and hit is fourth home run of the day to left-center field to walk the Cubs off the field with the 10-9 win after the three-run bomb.

Harvey stands alone in Florida State League history as the only player to ever hit four homers in one game. Harvey has now raised his season total to 16 bombs after the 4/5 day at the plate to go with 66 RBI.

The first-place Cubs look to take three of four tomorrow with Billy Petrick (0-0) making his first Daytona start. First pitch for the Saturday evening contest is 7:05 p.m. and fireworks will follow the game.

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