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The best finish to a minor league game ever? Or any game?
2007-07-11 19:33
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.

The official log of the game for the bottom of the 7th reads:


  • Mike Spidale singles on a line drive to right fielder Caleb Stewart.
  • Jesus Merchan out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Robert Paulk to first baseman Mike Carp. Mike Spidale to 2nd.
  • Robert Paulk intentionally walks Michael Costanzo.
  • Randy Ruiz grounds into a force out, shortstop Jose Coronado to second baseman Enrique Cruz. Mike Spidale to 3rd. Michael Costanzo out at 2nd. Randy Ruiz to 1st.
  • Robert Paulk intentionally walks Greg Jacobs. Randy Ruiz to 2nd.
  • Jason Hill reaches on catcher interference by Mike Nickeas. Mike Spidale scores. Randy Ruiz to 3rd. Greg Jacobs to 2nd. Jason Hill to 1st.

And according to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin:

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.


2007-07-11 20:44:36
1.   El Lay Dave
In related news, a small, magnitude 1.6 earthquake was measured this afternoon, with an epicenter near the downtown Los Angeles intersection of 5th St. and Grand Ave.

Bob's happy dance on becoming informed of this historic CI event?

2007-07-11 21:45:22
2.   Elliot
I got my name in the Toaster. Spectacular.
2007-07-11 22:36:11
3.   Bob Timmermann
You earned it!
2007-07-12 12:23:31
4.   Richard
Mike Nickeas? Son of former Vancouver Whitecap Mark Nickeas? Futbol and baseball converge!

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