Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

I believe that I have caught up with all the walkoffs (for and against the Rattlers) from 2005 through the end of the 2012 playoffs.

Now that there is a little time, it is worth looking back at the other seasons in Timber Rattlers history to find ALL of the walkoff plays.  As you can tell from the title of the post, this will be posted on Wednesdays.

So….

2000:
Timber Rattlers Walkoffs (9)

You’re going to see Ryan Christianson’s name a lot in this post.

 
DATE: April 8
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Unknown
PITCHER: Fontella Jones
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the tenth

GAME WINNING PLAY: Unknown
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 8-7 in ten innings
NOTE: I was not at this game. At the time I was also the radio announcer for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League.  The Gamblers were in the midst of their run to the Clark Cup Championship that year and Greg Hofer was filling in for me on the Timber Rattlers broadcasts.  I’ll try to remember to get back to this one at some point before the 2013 season.

DATE: June 15
OPPONENT: Michigan Battlecats
BATTER: Ryan Christianson
PITCHER: Darwin Peguero
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the 15th

GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI double by Christianson knocks in Shawn McCorkle in the bottom of the 15th.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4-3
NOTE: This is not the last time you will see Christianson’s name in this post.

DATE: June 25
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: Gorky Estrella
PITCHER: Wellington Cepeda
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Rattlers trailed 5-2 in the ninth
GAME WINNING PLAY: Estrella hit a two-out GRAND SLAM!!! in the bottom of the ninth.

FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 6-5
NOTE: Jose Valverde (yes, Jose Valverde, currently of the Detroit Tigers) retired the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Then, he walked the next three batters on 3-2 counts to load the bases.  Cepeda relieved and allowed the game-winning grand slam.

DATE: July 16
OPPONENT: Dayton Dragons
BATTER: Ariel Durango
PITCHER: David Huggins
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the ninth
GAME WINNING PLAY: Durango’s two-out single with the bases loaded drives in Oscar Ramirez.

FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 2-1
NOTE: The Rattlers trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.  Dayton walked Chris Snelling with two outs and runners at second and third to face Sheldon Fulse.  Huggins walked Fulse to force in the tying run.  Durango singled in the winning run two pitches after the walk to Fulse.

DATE: July 18
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Ryan Christianson
PITCHER: Andre Simpson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the ninth

GAME WINNING PLAY: Christianson lifted a sacrifice fly to score Justin Leone from third base
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 7-6
NOTE: That would be two for Christianson

DATE: July 25
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Oscar Ramirez
PITCHER: Mike Neu
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the ninth
GAME WINNING PLAY: Oscar Ramirez draws a bases loaded walk with two outs to force in Ryan Christianson with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4-3
NOTE: The Rattlers trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.  Orlando Hernandez tied the game with an RBI single.  The LumberKings walked Sheldon Fulse intentionally to load the bases with one out.  Neu struck out Ariel Durango, but walked Ramirez for the game winning run.

DATE: August 15
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
BATTER: Ariel Durango
PITCHER: Palmer Ebanks
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the ninth

GAME WINNING PLAY: Ariel Durango’s double with one out scores Sheldon Fulse
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 3-2
NOTE: Durango had an even bigger game-winning hit in 2001. Consider that a tease for next week.

DATE: August 22
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
BATTER: Ryan Christianson
PITCHER: Cliff Bartosh
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: 0-0 in the ninth
GAME WINNING PLAY: Ryan Christianson singles with the bases loaded and no outs to drive in Michael Abate.

FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 1-0
NOTE: Another appearance for Christianson

DATE: September 1
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Ryan Christianson
PITCHER: Scott Layfield
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the ninth
GAME WINNING PLAY: Peoria first baseman Travis Bailey dropped a two out popup off the bat of Ryan Christianson.  This allowed Shawn McCorkle to score the game winning run.
FINAL SCORE: 7-6
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers trailed the game 6-5 heading to the bottom of the ninth.  Chris Snelling tied the game with a bases loaded sacrifice fly moments before Christianson took his turn at the plate.

Opponent Walkoffs (3)

DATE: May 16
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: Pete Vonachen Stadium
BATTER: Gregg Clark
PITCHER: Julio Mateo
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 9-9 in the ninth:

GAME WINNING PLAY: Gregg Clark hit a one out solo homer off Mateo.
FINAL SCORE: Peoria 10-9
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers trailed 9-0 after the bottom of the third inning.  They rallied with six runs (four on a grand slam by Chris Snelling) in the fifth, two in the eighth, and an RBI single by Oscar Ramirez in the top of the ninth to tie the game.:

DATE: August 11
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
STADIUM: Oldsmobile Park

BATTER: Ryan Gripp
PITCHER: Aquilino Lopez
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the ninth:
GAME WINNING PLAY: Ryan Gripp hit a solo home run with two outs off Lopez.

FINAL SCORE: Lansing 4-3
NOTE: Lopez appeared in 39 games during the 2000 season.  He started five and relieved in 34.  This game against the Lugnuts was his only loss of the season (6-1 with 17 saves).

DATE: September 5
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium

BATTER Francisco Ferrand
PITCHER: Erik Grunwald
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the tenth:
GAME WINNING PLAY: Francisco Ferrand doubles with no outs to drive in Matt Frick with the winning run.

FINAL SCORE: Kane County 2-1 in ten innings
NOTE: This was Game One of the First Round playoff series between the Rattlers and Cougars.  Wisconsin would rally to win Game Two and Game Three at home to advance to the Western Division Finals.

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