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Big, unexpected names delivered impressive achievements

Highly touted Mike Moustakas delivered an 11-RBI game Aug. 30. (Dave Nelson/

By Paige Schector / | October 25, 2010 6:00 AM

Fans, now is your chance to let your voice be heard. Make your picks for the top games at each classification. Voting for Top Game continues through Monday, Nov. 1.

An array of big games were delivered across all levels of the Minor Leagues this season, ensuring that fans needed to stay tuned every day to make sure they didn't miss a moment. Now's the time to make the call on your favorites in the 2010 MiLB Awards voting.


R.A. Dickey tossed a gem in the season's early going. He gave up a leadoff single and nothing else for Buffalo against Durham on April 29, setting down the next 27 batters -- a modern-day team record. ... Jason Kipnis came through in the proverbial clinch for Columbus. He cycled in Game 4 of the Governors' Cup Finals as the Clippers felled the Bulls on Sept. 19 for the International League crown. ... Mike Moustakas was making all kinds of headlines throughout the season, the biggest of which was his 11-RBI outburst for Omaha on Aug. 30. ... When Portland met Tacoma on Aug. 26, the result was a 29-run slugfest and Cedric Hunter towered above both lineups by plating eight runs. ... Gregorio Petit became the fourth player in Pacific Coast League history to hit two grand slams in a game on June 23. ... And Stephen Strasburg had all eyes on him in every outing, only to deliver six no-hit innings on May 12 in his second start for Syracuse.

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Altoona looked down but wasn't out against Harrisburg on July 17, as the Curve scored 10 runs in the ninth inning en route to an unlikely win. But the Senators got their own heroics from Danny Espinosa on Aug. 4, as he capped a three-homer game with an extra-inning longball. ... On April 25, Mike Stanton showed the power that got him to the Majors this season by going yard twice during a 4-for-4 game for Jacksonville. ... Kyle Drabek celebrated Independence Day by throwing a no-hitter for New Hampshire, the first nine-inning no-no in team history. ... Brandon Laird smacked a walk-off homer to complete the cycle for Trenton on May 26. ... The Thunder cracked the Top Games nominee list again when Adam Warren fanned a franchise-record 15 over seven innings in an Aug. 18 outing against Bowie.

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Class A Advanced

Racking up 14 strikeouts in an outing is a big deal for any starter, particularly when Bakersfield's Joseph Wieland accomplished the feat Aug. 3 in the hitter-friendly California League. ... Clearwater's Austin Hyatt knows that feeling of accomplishment, since he delivered his own 14-K performance over eight innings against Jupiter on May 11. ... Not that the hitters didn't get their due. Harold Garcia set a Florida State League record while hitting safely in 37 straight games through July 4 for the Threshers. ... Brett Jackson wrapped up his bid for the cycle with a walk-off homer for Daytona on June 14. ... Nathan Moreau debuted in the Carolina League in style, tossing a complete-game no-hitter for Frederick against Salem on June 30. ... In a match almost three games in length, Winston-Salem outlasted Myrtle Beach, 4-3, in 20 innings on May 19.

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Class A

Cedar Rapids pulled off an unlikely comeback by scoring 14 runs in the seventh inning against Lake County on July 18. ... In the Midwest League Championship Series, Clinton edged Lake County on an error, 8-7, in an 18-inning marathon. ... J.R. Murphy finished an RBI shy of a 32-year-old South Atlantic League record by plating nine runs for Charleston on Aug. 13. ... It only took Hagerstown's Eury Perez seven innings to steal four bases against Delmarva on Aug. 19. ... Hickory's Jake Brigham retired the last 26 Greensboro batters he faced Aug. 10. ... And Matt Wickswat, Jake Petricka and Taylor Thompson combined on a no-hitter in the second game of Kannapolis' Aug. 20 doubleheader against the Crawdads. It was the second no-no in franchise history.

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Short Season

Six Batavia pitchers combined to strike out 20 Staten Island batters en route to a 15-inning victory July 12. ... Casper frightened Missoula by posting 26 runs on Aug. 27, a day after getting shellacked, 20-8, by Helena. ... Tim Ferguson tied a Pioneer League record by delivering six hits for Idaho Falls on July 14 against Billings. ... Another Pioneer League record got matched when Missoula's Eric Groff went yard three times against Orem on July 16. ... Ogden's Nick Akins had a perfect day at the ballpark Aug. 6, going 4-for-4 with two homers against Casper. ... Tri-City pinch-hitter Daniel Adamson smacked a walk-off homer in the 11th inning of the New York-Penn League semifinals on Sept. 7.

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Paige Schector is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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