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Harvey hits FSL-record four homers

Cubs right fielder caps historic night with walk-off blast
July 29, 2006
Ryan Harvey made history, and he made it count.

The 21-year-old right fielder slugged four home runs, including a walk-off blast that gave the Daytona Cubs a 10-9 triumph over the Clearwater Threshers on Friday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

"I've never had four homers in a single game," Harvey told WELE Radio, "and I have never hit a walk-off home run."

In fact, no one in Florida State League history had ever hit four homers in a game. Daytona's J.J. Johnson was the last player to hit three, accomplishing the feat against St. Lucie on Aug. 21, 2005.

Harvey, who had not gone deep in his previous 10 games, connected for solo homers in the second, sixth and eighth innings. But the Cubs (22-12) came to bat in the bottom of the ninth, trailing, 9-6.

After a one-out walk to Sam Fuld and a single by Jonathan Mota, Matt Craig reached on a two-out error by shortstop Hector Made. The miscue plated a run and set the stage for Harvey's dramatic blast.

"I've been making my load easier," said Harvey. "I've been trying to keep it easy, getting my foot down early and recognizing the pitch. Right now, I'm trusting my hands and I'm just going out there and swinging the bat."

Harvey capped his third multi-homer game of the season and went 4-for-5 with six RBIs. The other two games were two-homer performances. He also had a seven-RBI outburst on July 16 against Palm Beach.

"We have a good offense, we have very good pitching and we just go out there and never get down," said the former first-round draft pick. "We always have it in the back of our heads that we can score runs."

Harvey's record-breaking shot made a winner of Jeff Teasley (1-1), who allowed three runs on four hits in two innings.

Patrick Overholt (2-1) suffered the loss, giving up four unearned runs on two hits while recording only two outs.

Gregory Golson went 3-for-5 with a two-run shot for the Threshers (20-15), while Made collected four hits.

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