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No topping Germano's perfect game for Columbus
Would you rather drive in 10 runs in a game or hit four balls out of the park? Both feats happened in 2011, along with Lorenzo Cain's rare offensive attack when he cycled and knocked home seven. Two of Triple-A's most incredible single-game efforts this year were produced by the Columbus Clippers, the Indians affiliate that won a second straight Governors' Cup championship. Chad Huffman homered three times and plated 10 runs, setting a Columbus single-game RBI record on April 21. Huffman's teammate, Justin Germano, threw the Minors' lone perfect game of the year on July 26 when he struck out seven and did not go to a three-ball count all night, using 95 pitches. Other worthy candidates include Mike Minors setting down 18 straight batters and Syracuse's Michael Aubrey blasting four homers on May 14.
Naturals perform unique feat; fans select Peacock
A Google search for "Bryce Harper" yields 2.4 million results, a sign the 18-year-old outfielder carries some serious buzz among fans. Amidst an eventful first Minor League season, one of Harper's finest and most memorable games came on Aug. 12, when the phenom slammed a 480-foot walk-off homer for Double-A Harrisburg. Fellow Nationals prospect Brad Peacock stole the spotlight on May 13 when he struck out 14 batters in seven innings. Among the no-hitters thrown in 2011, Matt Moore's 11-strikeout effort on June 16 for Montgomery rivals the seven-strikeout no-no tossed by Frisco's Joe Wieland on July 29. Both Moore and Peacock went on to make their Major League debuts. But what's better than a no-hitter? Ask Northwest Arkansas, which managed that feat and turned a triple play on July 19.
Cal League battle ends 24-19; Terdoslavich a hit with fans
The 66ers and Blaze combined to score 43 runs in Inland Empire's California League win on April 16, one of the many big-number games of the season at the Class A Advanced level. Jupiter and Clearwater worked overtime in a 23-inning game and Joey Terdoslavich broke the 65-year-old Carolina League record with his 52nd double of the season on Sept. 5. In terms of streaks, there was Abe Almonte's 30-game hitting run for Tampa and Hector Sanchez's 15-game RBI streak for San Jose.
Yelich's walk-off wins Game 1, MiLBY; fans go with Kirk
Dayton's Billy Hamilton had perhaps his best memory of 2011 when he stole his milestone 100th base on Sept. 3 in the Midwest League. Back on April 17, Lexington's Chris Wallace and Telvin Nash each went 5-for-6 with three homers, a double and four runs scored. On the mound, Dayton's Daniel Renken struck out 14 batters on June 29, including 10 straight. Peoria's Austin Kirk celebrated his pitching independance on July 4 with 10 strikeouts in a no-hitter against Clinton. But few games ended better than Greensboro's playoff contest on Sept. 7, when Christian Yelich's walk-off homer in the 15th inning beat Rome.
Astros' Magee goes 12-for-12; fans side with Everett's Campos
Orem's Taylor Lindsey may have hit for the cycle on Aug. 6, but Idaho Falls Daniel Mateo took that a few steps further, cycling and knocking in eight runs on Aug. 13. On the mound, Great Falls fans watched Scott Snodgress, Blake Drake and Joe Dvorsky combine on a no-hitter on Aug. 18 in the Pioneer League. On Aug. 2, Angels first-round pick C.J. Cron arrived in style with three home runs against Ogden. And another unique game occurred in August when Greeneville's Josh Magee got a hit in his 12th straight at-bat on Aug. 16. Three days earlier, Everett's Jose Campos retired the first 19 batters he faced, falling just short of a perfect game.