The best finish to a minor league game ever? Or any game?
by Bob Timmermann
Reader Elliot Smilowitz pointed me to this blog posting in the New York Daily News by Adam Rubin back on June 24. In particular this part:
Mike Nickeas, obtained from the Rangers for Victor Diaz last Aug. 30, has been demoted from Double-A Binghamton to high-A St. Lucie. He contributed to baseball history before he left. Nickeas was called for catcher’s interference Wednesday with the bases loaded and two out – the first time a game ended on that call in organized baseball history, according to Reading Phillies officials. ....
That led me to double check the boxscore for the game, which was played on June 20 in Reading. It was the second game of a doubleheader so it was just a 7-inning game, according to minor league rules. And the batter did get an RBI in that situation.
In Wednesday night's regularly scheduled game, the Phillies won, 3-2, when catcher's interference was called on Mike Nickeas with two out and the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Reading's Jason Hill lined out to the shortstop when catcher's interference was called.