What is going on here?
Some of the late-season performances are really staggering, with none better than Saturday night in the American Association when John Allen belted four home runs and drove in eight runs in a 5-for-5 performance in Fort Worth's 14-0 runaway victory over El Paso. The home-standing Cats report each of the homers travelled more than 400 feet.
Allen, Fort Worth's designated hitter and an occasional first baseman, is having a career year with 20 homers, only four below the number he hit in his first three professional seasons combined. His previous high came in 2005 when he hit 11, and he managed only seven total last season when he played for both Fort Worth and Brockton, MA of the Can-Am League.
What I would like to figure out before Thursday's Independent Baseball Insider column is whether the feat has ever been accomplished--or, how many times--since Independent Baseball resumed in 1993. The American Association media guide shows the record in the first two seasons of that league belonged to Chad Gambill of Shreveport, LA, who homered three times July 28, 2006. I would be grateful for research assistance from any reader.
Allen, a 27-year-old right-handed hitter, is second in round-trippers in the American Association this season, one behind Pensacola, FL strongboy Brandon Sing. Allen's .337 batting average is second to the .372 of Kevin Hooper, the hometown sparkplug Wichita, KS signed for its first season in the league.
CONTINENTAL, UNITED PLAYOFFS STARTING--Corpus Christi is at Texarkana in the best-of-three semifinal playoffs in the all-Texas Continental League starting tonight (Monday) with the winner traveling to Texas City starting Friday. United League playoffs also were scheduled to start Monday.