Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

Time to cover the 2005 season…aka The last season the Rattlers made the playoffs before 2012.

This season was covered – at least for the Rattlers - in this post back in June.  But, I wanted to get into a bit more depth than was handled at the time.  So, here we go.

There were lots of Rattlers walkoff wins – including a series ending walkoff, during 2005.  But, opposing teams made a lot of mistakes with the game on the line, too.  Opposing teams were also held to only two walkoff wins over the Rattlers.  Unfortunately, one of those walkoffs was the most ridiculous one against the Rattlers….ever!

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (9):

Matt Tuiasosopo had the first walkoff homer of the season for the 2005 Timber Rattlers.

Mike Wilson was involved in a LOT of walkoff plays for the 2005 Timber Rattlers. One was a playoff series winning homer against Beloit.

DATE: April 13
OPPONENT: Swing of the Quad Cities
BATTER: Matt Tuiasosopo
PITCHER: Michael Gross
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 11th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Leadoff home run by Tuiasosopo!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Swing 3
NOTES: The Rattlers trailed 2-0 after a pair of errors by Tuiasosopo in the top of the sixth eventually led two a pair of Quad Cities runs.  Wisconsin got on the scoreboard with a run in the seventh.  Tuiasosopo tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.  He drilled a 2-2 pitch for his first homer as a Rattler and the game winning home run.

DATE: April 22
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER:  Rob Johnson
PITCHER: Nate Moore
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Oswaldo Navarro scores from third on a wild pitch with two outs.
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 5, Burlington 4
NOTES: Brandon Green tripled and David Hall drove in pinch runner Carlos Arroyo to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth.  Navarro was hit by a pitch to start the eleventh and Josh Womack followed with a single.  A fielder’s choice and a strikeout left Navarro at third and Yung Chi Chen at first with two outs.  Moore’s second pitch to Johnson went to the backstop and Navarro scored the winning run.

DATE: April 24
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Yung Chi Chen
PITCHER: Steven Duguay
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Yung Chi Chen draws a bases loaded walk to force in Oswaldo Navarro with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Beloit 4
NOTES: Jack Arroyo tied the game in the seventh with a two-out, two-run single.  The ninth started with Brian Schweiger drawing a walk and Navarro taking his place as a pinch runner.  Brent Johnson dropped a sacrifice bunt.  Arroyo was walked intentionally.  Josh Womack singled to load the bases.  Chen drew a four pitch walk to force in the game winner.

DATE: July 4
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Mike Wilson
PITCHER: Kyle Asleton
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 13th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Wilson draws a bases loaded walk to force in Chris Colton with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 7, Beloit 6
NOTES: Wilson had tied the game 6-6 with a 2-out RBI double in the seventh inning.  Aaron Jensen was the starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  He allowed five runs on FOURTEEN HITS in 6-2/3 innings.  He actually left the game with a 5-4 lead.  But Ivan Blanco allowed an inherited runner score and one of his own to cross the plate in the seventh. Asleton gave up a double to Colton to start the thirteenth.  Josh Womack fouled out on a bunt attempt.  Then, Asleton walked Yung Chi Chen intentionally, Marshall Hubbard on four pitches, and Mike Wilson on a 3-2 pitch for the game winner.

DATE: July 22
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Brent Johnson
PITCHER: Mark Roberts
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 10th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Brent Johnson RBI single.
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 7, Clinton 6
NOTES: The Rattlers led 6-4 with one out and the bases loaded in the top of the ninth.  Eric O’Flaherty came on to get a strikeout for out number two.  But, Tuiasosopo committed an error to allow the tying runs to score.  In the tenth, Chris Colton walked to start the inning.  A sacrifice bunt by Oswaldo Navarro moved Colton into scoring position.  Then, Brent Johnson singled to center to drive in Colton with the winning run.

DATE: July 27 (Game 1 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Chris Colton
PITCHER: Tomas Cabaniel
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 7th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Throwing error on catcher Raul Padron allowed Jack Arroyo to score.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Kane County 4
NOTES: Yung Chi Chen tied the game with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.  Brent Johnson started the bottom of the seventh with a double, but he was out at third when Jack Arroyo tried to bunt him over.  Arroyo stole second with Colton at the plate.  Arroyo stole third on a 1-2 pitch and scored when Padron’s throw sailed into left field.

DATE: August 2
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: Mike Wilson
PITCHER: Esmerling Vasquez
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Wilson RBI single.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 8, South Bend 7
NOTES: Vasquez entered the game with runners at first and second with one out in the ninth.  He threw a wild pitch to move Brent Johnson to third and Yung Chi Chen to second.  Wilson fouled off three two-strike pitches before dropping a single to center on a 3-2 pitch to drive in the winning run.

DATE: August 9
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
BATTER: Josh Womack
PITCHER: Miguel Gonzalez
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Error by Alexis Casilla allows Mike Wilson to score winning run from second base.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 6, Cedar Rapids 5
NOTES: The Kernels tied the game 5-5 with three runs in the top of the eighth inning.  Mike Wilson did not get the start in this game.  He came on as a pinch-hitter for DH Jeff Clement in the bottom of the eighth.  Wilson singled to start the eleventh, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Oswaldo Navarro, and scored when Casilla booted Womack’s grounder.

DATE: September 9
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Mike Wilson
PITCHER: JP Martinez
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Wilson hits a two-run walkoff homer!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Beloit 2
NOTES: This was Game Three of the first round playoff series between the Timber Rattlers and Snappers.  The Rattlers had a 2-0 lead early, but Johnny Woodard hit a two-run homer off Robert Rohrbaugh in the top of the fifth to tie the game.  The score stayed tied until the tenth.  Oswaldo Navarro singled to start the bottom of the tenth.  Jeff Clement struck out.  Then, Wilson cleared the scoreboard in left-center for a series winning home run!

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (2):

DATE: May 3
OPPONENT: Southwest Michigan Devil Rays
STADIUM: C.O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: John Asanovich
PITCHER: Eric O’Flaherty
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th.
FINAL SCORE: Southwest Michigan 4, Timber Rattlers 3
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Asanovich
NOTES: The Rattlers had a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.  Mumba Rivera (7.0) and Roman Martinez (1.0) had allowed a run on four hits in the first eight innings.  Then, O’Flaherty walked the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth.  After a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third, O’Flaherty gave up three straight RBI singles to Tommy Nichols, Craig Markel, and Asanovich.

DATE: June 1
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Veterans Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Michael Collins
PITCHER: Craig James
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th.
FINAL SCORE: Cedar Rapids 4, Timber Rattlers 3
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Michael Collins
NOTES: This was the most ridiculous walkoff ever.  The Kernels got consecutive singles to start the bottom f the tenth inning.  James struck out the next two batters.  Collins sent an easy grounder to Asdrubal Cabrera at shortstop.  The ball hit a pebble – or something – about ten feet in front of Cabrera.  The ball bounded over Cabrera’s head into left-center and Alexis Casilla scored the most undeserved game-winning run ever.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

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