From Opening Day through the final championship game, MiLB.com chronicled the top on-field achievements throughout the 2019 season. This week we’re looking back and rolling out the 10 best games as voted by our staff, starting with 8-10:
8. Anderson fans 14 in Mississippi no-no
Braves right-hander Ian Anderson helped author the 16th of 31 no-hitters thrown in 2019, punching out 14 batters across seven frames on June 28 as Double-A Mississippi blanked Jackson, 2-0.
The gem came just hours after MLB.com’s No. 31 overall prospect was named to the All-Star Futures Game. He struck out the side in the first and fifth innings, tallied two punchouts in the second, fourth and seventh frames, and posted one each in the third and sixth. While tossing 103 pitches, 66 for strikes, Anderson also struck out No. 54 overall prospect Jazz Chisholm three times. Jeremy Walker fanned two over the final two innings to finish the no-hitter.
Anderson told MiLB.com that his teammates did not talk about the no-no while he was on the bump, but admitted, “After I came out, I was breaking the rules. In the eighth, I was talking to anyone, everyone.”
9. Lehigh Valley/Rochester launch 15 homers
Gusting winds and Triple-A sluggers are a mix for excitement. So it was extra special on April 13 when the IronPigs and Red Wings obliterated the single-game record of eight combined homers at Frontier Field, smashing 15 long balls.
Ten different batters hit dingers as Lehigh Valley eked out a 20-18 victory in 10 innings. Phillies farmhands Jan Hernandez, Dylan Cozens, Andrew Romine and Sean Rodriguez went deep twice, while Mitch Walding added one for the IronPigs. The Rochester homers came from Zander Wiel (two), Wynston Sawyer, Wilin Rosario, eighth-ranked Twins prospect Brent Rooker and Ronald Torreyes.
It was the only multi-homer game of the season for Hernandez, Cozens and Rodriguez. Lehigh Valley’s nine taters topped the previous franchise single-game record of five.
Rochester estimated the 15 homers traveled a combined 1.1 miles (5,919 feet).
10. Lux, Garlick go nuts for OKC
No. 2 overall prospect Gavin Lux got off to a torrid start with Oklahoma City, penning a 16-game hit streak with the Triple-A Dodgers. However, his gaudiest numbers may have come July 18 in an 18-5 win against Iowa, when he posted his first career five-hit game.
Lux went 5-for-6 with two doubles, a roundtripper and three RBIs as he raised his average to .531 while extending his hit streak to 15 games. It also marked his fifth straight game with a homer.
“We haven’t seen someone be this hot before,” Oklahoma City skipper Travis Barbary told MiLB.com. “Even my hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh said he hasn’t seen a hitter on a run like this. In the gap, out of the park, all over the place — if he gets his pitch, he’s not gonna miss it.”
The left-handed slugger finished the season batting .392/.478/.719 across 199 at-bats with OKC. He was called up to the bigs on Sept. 2.
Kyle Garlick, who made his Major League debut on May 19, added his second three-homer effort of the season. He cleared the wall in left field in the third and seventh frames before blasting his third long ball to center in the ninth.
Garlick’s first three-homer game came May 5 at New Orleans. He was one of four Minor League players with a pair of three-dinger games in 2019, joining Reno’s Kevin Cron, Syracuse’s Rene Rivera and Salt Lake’s Jared Walsh.
Duane Cross is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DuaneCrossMiLB.
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