December 2012

Renovation Update (Video & Photos)

Episode 12 is available.

We will start filming again after January 1 so this is the last episode of the new year.

However, I did get over to the site yesterday to take a few photos from the center field.

Field level

Field level

The left side of an eventual panorama.

The left side of an eventual panorama.

The right side of an eventual panorama...If I can figure out how to do that.

The right side of an eventual panorama…If I can figure out how to do that.

The second door from the right is supposed to be the entrance to the new radio booth.  THIS is all I really care about in the whole construction project. ;)

The second door from the right is supposed to be the entrance to the new radio booth. THIS is all I really care about in the whole construction project. ;)

It is snowing today.  No. Check that.  It is a CLASS THREE KILLSTORM today.  If it lets up by lunch, I may try to get over to the ballpark and take a photo or two to show how the project progressed in a CLASS THREE KILLSTORM! (Editor’s note: Classic Simpson’s quotes never get old.)

Alumni Report (Winter Leagues through 12/18/12)

The regular features are going on hiatus through the end of the year. 

Since it has been about two weeks since the last time I checked, now would be a good time to take a look at the how things are going for the Alumni in the winter leagues.

I added in the records and current standing of each team with a former Rattler to give a little context.

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox (11-11, 3rd):
Craig Anderson: 3-1, 2.11 ERA, 6g, 6gs, 38.1IP, 3BB, 16K

Craig Anderson ('00) is pitching well in his homeland.

Craig Anderson (’00) is pitching well in his homeland.

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (31-17, 1st):
Edward Paredes: 3-0, 1.93ERA, 24g, 14.0IP, 8BB, 10K
Juan Sandoval: 0-1, 5.40ERA, 15g, 10.0IP, 3BB, 4K

Estrellas de Oriente (30-18, 2nd):
Juan Diaz: .259/.291/.375, 38g, 2HR, 13RBI

Gigantes del Cibao (22-26, 3rd):
Carlos Peguero: .346/.443/.577, 15g, 3HR, 11RBI
BOBBY! Livingston: 0-1, 1.04ERA, 3g, 2gs, 8.2IP, 2BB, 4K
Aquilino Lopez: 0-1, 29.45ERA, 7g, 3.2IP, 2BB, 3K*

Leones del Escogido (20-28, 5th):
Taylor Green: .300/.333/.350, 11g, 0HR, 3RBI

Tigres del Licey (20-28, 6th):
Carlos Triunfel: .147/.237/.147, 24g, 0HR, 3RBI

Puerto Rico:
Atenienses de Manati (13-14, 4th):
Tony Butler: 0-0, 1.69ERA, SAVE, 9g, 1gs, 16.0IP, 16BB, 6K

Cangrejeros de Santurce (15-13, 3rd):
Jeff Dominguez: .205/.347/.244, 26g, 0HR, 2RBI
Yadiel Rivera: .273/.273/.318, 12g, 0HR, 4RBI

 

Yadiel Rivera is jumping into the winter ball season in Puerto Rico.

Yadiel Rivera is jumping into the winter ball season in Puerto Rico.


Criollos de Caguas (18-11, 1st):
Efrain Nieves: 0-2, 6.91 ERA, 9g, 1gs, 14.1IP, 6BB, 8K

Indios de Mayaguez (16-12, 2nd):
Martin Maldonado: .318/.405/.470, 19g, 2HR, 11RBI

Venezuela:
Aguilas de Zulia (28-28, 5th):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 2-3, 2.14ERA, SAVE, 12g, 10gs, 54.2IP, 13BB, 57K

 

Austin Bibens-Dirkx is doing well in Venezuela. (Photo Credit: Joel Dinda)

Austin Bibens-Dirkx is doing well in Venezuela this winter. (Photo Credit: Joel Dinda)

Bravos de Margarita (22-30, 4th):
Renee Cortez: 4-1, 3.27ERA, 15g, 22.0IP, 12BB, 19K
Jeremy Jeffress: 0-0, 0.00ERA, 2g, 3.1IP, BB, K

Cardenales de Lara (28-26, 4th):
Edilio Colina: .259/.355/.259, 7g, 0HR, 2RBI
Johan Limonta: .258/.300/.333, 23g, HR, 7RBI
Oswaldo Navarro: .178/.277/.274, 27g, HR, 8RBI
Luis Valbuena: .300/.419/.500, 42g, 5HR, 29RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 2.25ERA, 17g, 16.0IP, 7BB, 12K
Ryan Feierabend: 0-1, 3.26, 6g, 6gs, 30.1IP, 4B, 19K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-2, 3.57ERA, 3 SAVES, 19g, 17.2IP, 3BB, 22K

Caribes de Anzoategui (30-25, T-2nd):
Luis Oliveros: .375/.464/.500, 11g, 0HR, 3RBI

Leones del Caracas (30-25, T-2nd):
Asdrubal Cabrera: .348/.348/.391, 5g, 0HR, 2RBI

Navagantes del Magallanes (32-24, 1st):
Sean Halton: .160/.263/.360, 14g, 3HR, 6RBI
Carlos Maldonado: .286/.399/.547, 45g, 11HR, 28RBI

Tiburones de La Guaira (27-28, 6th):
JC Ramirez: 2-1, 12.38ERA, 12g, 8.0IP, 9BB, 7K

*-Stats for Aquilino Lopez include two games with Tigres del Licey

Renovation Video and Photos (12/13/12)

My usual cameraman was in Nashville getting sick and attending the Winter Meetings last week.  So, they entrusted me with a camera to put together Renovation Update: Episode Eleven.

I was thinking of recreating the Joker Video from The Dark Knight. Common sense took over and I just took photos.

For some reason, the photo I most liked from last week did not make it into the video:

I really liked this one. Didn't make the cut.

I really liked this one. Didn’t make the cut.

Perhaps if I had made it a black & white shot?

Black & White = Classy.

Black & White = Classy.

Here’s a sneak peak for next week’s episode:

On the outside.

On the outside.

Inside the front office.

Inside the front office.

From the 3rd base seats.

From the 3rd base seats.

From the mound

From the mound

This shot from the mound looked better on the camera phone:

Might have been the screen.

Might have been the screen.

Maybe in black & white?

Definitely classy!

Definitely classy!

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

The 2007 Timber Rattlers finished the season 53-85 overall. But, nine of their 53 wins were walkoffs.

A few of the Rattlers involved in their NINE walkoff wins during the 2007 season.

A few of the Rattlers involved in their NINE walkoff wins during the 2007 season.

Timber Rattlers Walkoffs (9):

DATE: April 18
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Greg Halman
PITCHER: Adam Revelette
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded single by Halman scores Ougi Diaz
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 3, Beloit 2
NOTES: The Rattlers had runners on first and second with one out in the 11th and the Snappers elected to walk Carlos Triunfel intentionally to get to Greg Halman. Whoops.

DATE: May 13 (Game two of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Andy Hargrove
PITCHER: Jeremy Papelbon
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 8th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Andy Hargrove’s two-out, two-run homer!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Peoria 3
NOTES: Papelbon struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the eighth. Then, Danny Santin squeaked out a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Juan Beltran. Hargrove belted a 1-2 pitch for a no doubt home run for the win!

DATE: June 1
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Kuo Hui Lo
PITCHER: Aaron Hartsock
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 13th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Lo’s bases loaded sacrifice fly drives in pinch runner Trevor Lawhorn
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 2, Burlington 1
NOTES: Lawhorn barely beat the throw from Burlington right fielder O.D. Gonzalez to score the winning run. Bees announcer Randy Wehofer lost it after this play and for a good fifteen minutes after the game. Randy NEVER lost it. He may have had a point because, it was a really, really close play.

DATE: July 28
OPPONENT: Great Lakes Loons
BATTER: Jair Fernandez
PITCHER: Joe Jones
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Jair Fernandez scored Ron Garth with winning run
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Great Lakes 3
NOTES: Ricky Orta had a 1-0 lead going to the top of the seventh inning in the regularly scheduled game – the conclusion of a suspended game had been played before the start of this one. But, he gave up an RBI single and a two-run homer and the Rattlers were down 3-1 heading to the bottom of their last at bat. Calvin Beamon singled. Lo tripled him home. Liddi’s sacrifice fly got Lo home with the tying run. The Loons got the next two outs, but Garth and Reed Eastley singled to keep the inning going. Jair Fernandez followed with the game winner on the first pitch to complete the comeback.

DATE: August 8

OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Ron Garth
PITCHER: Danny Vais
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Ron Garth
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Beloit 4
NOTES: Garth had hit a two-run homer in the first inning to drive in Lo. Lo tripled to lead off the ninth inning and scored on the game winning hit by Garth.

DATE: August 12

OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
BATTER: Alex Liddi
PITCHER: Casey Fien
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Error by Fien on a sacrifice bunt by Liddi lets Ron Garth score from second
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, West Michigan 4
NOTES: Garth doubled to start the inning. Fien threw wildly after the bunt by Liddi and the Rattlers celebrated.

DATE: August 21

OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Alex Liddi
PITCHER: Jayson Ruhlman
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Liddi scoresLo.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Peoria 4
NOTES: The Chiefs tied the game in the top of the ninth. Lo doubled on the second pitch of his at bat to leadoff the tenth. Liddi followed with an RBI single on the first pitch of his at bat to drive in the winning run.

DATE: September 2 (Game one of doubleheader)

OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Calvin Beamon
PITCHER: Sam Demel
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Beamon draws a bases loaded walk to force in Gavin Dickey with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Kane County 3
NOTES: Beamon scored the tying run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth. Dickey reached on a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Guy Welsh. Juan Beltran was walked intentionally and Juan Diaz walked on four straight pitches to load the bases. Beamon drew his walk on a 3-2 pitch.

DATE: September 3

OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Jamie McOwen
PITCHER: Derrick Gordon
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Scoreless tie in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Beamon scores by jarring the ball loose from catcher Gustavo Rosendo on a play at the plate.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 1, Kane County 0
NOTES: This was the final game of the season.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (6):

DATE: April 16
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Veterans Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Matt Sweeney
PITCHER: Natividad Dilone
SCORE BEFORE THE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded RBI single by Sweeney on an 0-2 pitch drives in Peter Bourjos.
FINAL SCORE: Cedar Rapids 4, Timber Rattlers 3
NOTE: Gavin Dickey had tied the game 3-3 with an RBI double in the top of the seventh.

DATE: April 19
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Greg Yersich
PITCHER: Joe Kantekevich
SCORE BEFORE THE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: A 2-out error on third baseman Leury Bonilla allowed Joe Benson to score the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 3, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: Wisconsin had a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. The Rattlers scored twice in the eighth (RBI double by Bonilla and a sacrifice fly by Jair Fernandez) to go up 2-1. But, Johnny Woodard had a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. Then, Bonilla threw wildly to first for an error to let the winning run score. This was the third walkoff in four games.

DATE: April 21
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
STADIUM: Fifth Third Bank Ballpark
BATTER: Scott Sizemore
PITCHER: Natividad Dilone
SCORE BEFORE THE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded single by Sizemore drives in Deik Scram
FINAL SCORE: West Michigan 4, Timber Rattlers 3
NOTE: The Rattlers held a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Dilone gave up a single, sacrifice bunt, and single to put runners on the corners. Gorkys Hernandez drove in the tying run with a single. Louis Ott drew a walk. Sizemore ended the game with a single on the first pitch of his at bat. This was the fourth walkoff in six games (One for and three against).

DATE: May 11
OPPONENT: Great Lakes Loons
STADIUM: Dow Diamond
BATTER: Adolfo Gonzalez
PITCHER: Rollie Gibson
SCORE BEFORE THE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Error by third baseman Alex Liddi allows Bridger Hunt to score the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Great Lakes 6, Timber Rattlers 5
NOTE: The Rattlers had a 5-4 lead going to the bottom of the ninth. Rob Harmon walked Scott Van Slyke, the leadoff batter. Rollie Gibson entered and got a sacrifice bunt. Bridger Hunt tied the game with an RBI single. Hunt stole second. Gibson struck out Matt Berezay and got Gonzalez to send a grounder to third. But, Liddi’s throw was wild and Hunt scored the winning run.

DATE: July 19
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Eli Tintor
PITCHER: Mike Wagner
SCORE BEFORE THE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Eli Tintor hit a two-run home run
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 4, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: Beloit tied the game with a run off Shawn Kelley in the seventh inning. Kelley got the first out of the ninth inning. Wagner came into the game and gave up a double to Matt Betsill and the home run to Tintor on five pitches. Game over.

DATE: August 2
OPPONENT: Dayton Dragons
STADIUM: Fifth Third Field
BATTER: Keltavious Jones
PITCHER: Steve Richard
SCORE BEFORE THE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Pinch-hit RBI double by Jones
FINAL SCORE: Dayton 2, Timber Rattlers 1
NOTE: Richard got the first out of the ninth, but walked the next two batters. Jones came on to pinch-hit. He lined a 3-2 pitch deep to right. Leury Bonilla raced back, reached out, got a glove on the ball, stumbled, and crashed head first into the outfield wall. Bonilla stayed down on the ground as the Dragons raced around the bases. Manager Jim Horner was out in right field while Dayton celebrated. Bonilla stayed down for several minutes, but eventually walked off the field on his own power. This is the scariest walkoff play I’ve ever witnessed.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

How other teams decorate

This week’s Mehring Monday is a plea for help in tracking down pieces of history from Appleton Professional Baseball to help the Timber Rattlers decorate Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium when the renovations are complete.

The starting point was the sudden donation of these team autographed baseballs from the 1970s:

Autographed baseballs media wall

In the middle of that column, I mention the ways other teams use their history to decorate their stadiums.

Pictures are usually better than words.  Mine are about even, but you should get the general idea from the pictures below:

The first few are from the Cedar Rapids Kernels and their timeline of baseball in Cedar Rapids:

Cedar Rapids Hall of Fame 017

Cedar Rapids Hall of Fame 014

Cedar Rapids Hall of Fame 024

Cedar Rapids Hall of Fame 049

These are from Peoria’s timeline:

IMAG0835

Old Hoss

I thought I had a few from the conference room at Community Field and a few more of the historical photos from West Michigan. But, well, my filing system is ridiculous.

These should give you the general idea.

1994 Foxes Home Games (#4 – April 17 v. Fort Wayne)

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: April 17
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brian Doughty
OPPOSING STARTING PITCHER: Benj Sampson
TRIVIA: This was a Sunday afternoon game with a start time of 1:30pm.
ATTENDANCE: 872

Mike Barger, Jose Cuellar, and Matt Mantei of the 1994 Appleton Foxes

Mike Barger, Jose Cuellar, and Matt Mantei of the 1994 Appleton Foxes

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger, cf
Giomar Guevara, 2b
Alex Rodriguez, ss
Jason Cook, 3b
Brian Wallace, 1b
Jose Cuellar, dh
Alex Sutherland, c
Chad Dunavan, rf
Marcus Sturdivent, lf

WIZARDS LINEUP:
Armann Brown, cf
Romulo Vizcaino, lf
Ryan Radmanovich, 3b
Tim Costic, 1b
Chad Rupp, dh
James Motte, ss
Tom Knauss, rf
Scott Stricklin, c
Danny Venezia, 2b

The Wizards took the lead with three runs in the second inning.  Costic and Rupp hit back-to-back homers to start the inning.  Knauss tripled with one out and scored on a wild pitch.  Fort Wayne added to the lead with a solo homer by Radmanovich in the top of the third.

I will note at this time that official scorer Dan Huber’s weather notation for April 17 is 58° Clear, Windy to right.

In the fourth, Stricklin hit a leadoff homer to right for a 5-0 lead.  That was the end of the day for Foxes starting pitcher Brian Doughty.  He allowed five runs on seven hits, including four solo homers.

The Foxes cut the lead to three runs with a rally in the fourth.  Barger reached on an infield single. Guevara got on with a dropped flyball to right.  A-Rod struck out, but Cook reached on a walk to load the bases.  Wallace drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly.  Cuellar got the second with an RBI single.

Fort Wayne put the game away in the eighth inning on some sloppy defense by the Foxes.  Stricklin singled. A-Rod committed an error on a grounder by Venezia.  Sturdivent, the Foxes left fielder made an error on the same play to let Striklin score and send Venezia to third base.  A fielder’s choice by Vicaino later in the inning let Venezia score for a 7-2 lead.

The final Fort Wayne run scored on Costic’s second home run of the game.  This homer came with one out in the ninth inning off Robert Krueger.  That would be five solo homers in the game by Fort Wayne.  Matt Mantei came on to get the final two outs of the ninth.

Appleton got one more run in the ninth.  A-Rod was hit by a pitch, went to second on a walk to cook, and scored on an error by Venezia as he tried to turn a double play on a Wallace grounder.

FINAL SCORE:
Fort Wayne 8
Appleton 3

FOX OF THE GAME:
Mike Barger: 2-for-4, RUN.  Barger was the only Foxes player to have two hits in the game.

NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 0-for-3, RUN, HBP, K
Raul Ibanez: DNP

The Foxes concluded this series with a 2-2 record.

The Wizards hit five homers in this game and ten homers in the four game series.  Goodland Field was NOT a home run haven…usually.

CLICK FOR THE PDFs:
April17FortWayneSheet

April17FoxesSheet

April171994Boxscore

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

The 2006 season takes center stage this week.  This team may not have made the playoffs.  This team may have lost a team record 86 games.  But, they were involved in a lot of close games.

These close games included twelve walkoffs – six for and six against.  There were also four walkoff homers – three four and one against.

A very rare walkoff is included in the Rattlers list.  A walkoff home run to end a game and a no-hit bid.

Alex Gary, Eddy Hernandez, and Bryan Sabatella from the '06 Rattlers.

Alex Gary, Eddy Hernandez, and Bryan Sabatella from the ’06 Rattlers.

Timber Rattlers Walkoffs (6):

DATE: April 19
OPPONENT: Southwest Michigan Devil Rays
BATTER: Bryan Sabatella
PITCHER: Greg Dupas
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Southwest Michigan 3, Timber Rattlers 2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two runs score when third baseman Matt Devins threw wildly to first to get Sabatella on what would have been the final out of the game.
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 4, Southwest Michigan 3
NOTES: The Rattlers were down 3-0, but scored twice in the eighth and got the two-run gift in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.  Eddy Hernandez, who was hit by a pitch with one out, scored easily from third.  Pinch runner Alex Gary raced home from first base with the winning run.

DATE: May 21
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER:  Ron Garth
PITCHER:  Eliezer Garcia
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Ron Garth’s pinch-hit leadoff home run!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Burlington 3
NOTES: Ron Garth is awesome!  The Rattlers were wearing their Pink Jerseys on this Sunday because the date they were to wear them (May 14) was rained out. 

DATE: July 17
OPPONENT: Swing of the Quad Cities
BATTER: Eddy Hernandez
PITCHER:  Jason Cairns
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: A two-out RBI single by Eddy Hernandez scored pinch runner Alex Gary with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 2, Quad Cities 1
NOTES: The names Alex Gary and Eddy Hernandez are sure popping up a lot in 2006.

DATE: July 25
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: Alex Gary
PITCHER: Kyler Newby
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Pinch runner Juan Guzman scored from third on a wild pitch
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 7, South Bend 6
NOTES:  The Rattlers mounted their game winning rally without putting a ball in play during the entire tenth inning.  Johan Limonta walked to start the inning.  Guzman went all the way to third on an errant pickoff throw by Newby.  Then: Intentional walk to Ron Garth; Strikeout of Travis Scott; Intentional walk to Jeff Flaig; Wild pitch on a 1-0 pitch to Gary gets Guzman home.

DATE: August 6
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Johan Limonta
PITCHER: David Shinskie
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 10-10 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Johan Limonta hits a game winning solo homer!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 11, Beloit 10
NOTES: Beloit had tied the game 10-10 with a two-out, two-run home run by Tarrence Patterson in the top of the eighth.

DATE: August 25
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Curtis Ledbetter
PITCHER: Jake Rasner
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Scoreless tie in the bottom of the 8th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Curt Ledbetter with a solo home run!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 1, Clinton 0
NOTES: This game was scheduled for seven innings because the game on August 24 had been suspended and needed to be completed on August 25.  But, that’s not the important part of this game.  The important part of this game was that Jake Rasner had a no-hitter going through seven innings.  He had faced one over the minimum.  A runner had reached on an error in the third, but was erased on a double play.  Johan Limonta had reached on a walk in the fifth for the other Wisconsin base runner.  But, the LumberKings offense could not score on five hits through the first seven innings or with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth.  Ledbetter ended the game – and the no-hit bid – with a home run on the first pitch of the eighth.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (6):

DATE: April 11
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM:  Pohlman Field
BATTER: Eric Lis
PITCHER: Ruben Flores
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:  Timber Rattlers led 10-9 in the bottom of the 12th
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 11, Timber Rattlers 10
GAME WINNING PLAY:  Two-run home run by Eric Lis.
NOTES:  This game was…frustrating.  JB Tucker broke an 8-8 tie with solo homer in the top of the ninth off Eddie Morlan.  Edgar Guaramato came on in the bottom of the ninth and it went like this: Hit Batsman, Wild Pitch, Walk, Error on Guaramato on a sac bunt that allowed the tying run to score, and intentional walk to load the bases.  How the game didn’t end in the ninth is a miracle.  Tuckner led off the twelfth with his second homer of the game and the Rattlers were up 10-9.  But, Ruben Flores allowed a single to Paul Kelly and the home run to Lis.

DATE: May 29
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Miguel Vega
PITCHER: Ruben Flores
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 3, Timber Rattlers 2
GAME WINNING PLAY: Flores threw wildly to first on a dribbler up the third base line.  Chris McConnell scored from second as the ball rolled down the right field line.
NOTES:  The Burlington Bees have a copyright on this Walkoff play.  Every time a team wins on an E-1 Throwing © the Bees get $10.  It’s the law.

DATE: July 2
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
STADIUM: Fifth Third Ballpark
BATTER: Cory Middleton
PITCHER: Lance Beus
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th
FINAL SCORE: West Michigan 5, Timber Rattlers 4
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded RBI single by Middleton with two outs scored Cameron Maybin with the winning run.
NOTES:  The Timber Rattlers tied the game 4-4 on a three-run home run by Alex Gary in the top of the ninth inning. 

DATE: July 3
OPPONENT: Southwest Michigan Devil Rays
STADIUM: C.O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: Cesar Suarez
PITCHER: Austin Bibens-Dirkx
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 4, Southwest Michigan 3
FINAL SCORE: Southwest Michigan 5, Timber Rattlers 4
GAME WINNING PLAY: A two-out, two-run double by Cesar Suarez.
NOTES: The Rattlers were behind 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning when Eddy Hernandez hit a two-run home run to put the Rattlers in front. This was the second day in a row the Rattlers lost on a walkoff.  This loss dropped the Rattlers to 2-12 in the second half of the 2006 season.  It was also their fifth straight loss in what turned out to be a nine game losing streak.

DATE: July 23
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Josh Johnson
PITCHER: Lance Beus
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 2, Timber Rattlers 1
GAME WINNING PLAY:  E-1 Throwing ©
NOTES: I was serious about that whole copyright thing.  This time, the first two batters reached in the bottom of the tenth.  Josh Johnson bunted up the third baseline.  Bues fielded and fired wildly to first allowing Valentino Arce to score the winning run.

DATE: August 30
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: O’Brien Field
BATTER: Yusuf Carter
PITCHER: Ruben Flores
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 10th
FINAL SCORE: Peoria 8, Timber Rattlers 7
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded RBI single by Carter scored Jesus Valdez with the winning run.
NOTES: The Rattlers led 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth.  Brian Kappel hit Valerio Heredia to start the inning.  Heredia stole second, went to third on a sac bunt, and scored the tying run on a single by Kyle Reynolds.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

MLB Memory Lane: August 22, 1999

I went to a lot of baseball games before I started working in baseball.  MLB Memory Lane is a look back at some of those games.

This week, Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, and Ellis Burks ruin my dad’s 60th birthday.

I don't like either of these guys because of what happened on 8/22/99.

I don’t like either of these guys because of what happened on 8/22/99.

Ellis Burks makes the list, too.  But it's nothing personal.

Ellis Burks makes the list, too. But it’s nothing personal.  Actually it is. It’s very personal.

Date: August 22, 1999
Teams: San Francisco Giants and Milwaukee Brewers
Stadium: Milwaukee County Stadium
Seat Location: Lower Deck, Behind home plate
With: Family

Sunday, August 22, 1999 was a special day.  It was my Dad’s 60th birthday.  We checked the Brewers schedule when it came out and saw that they were hosting the Giants.  It was decided that we were going to go to this game.  I had not yet started with the Timber Rattlers so it was easy to get away for this game.

It didn’t matter that the Brewers were 55-66, going nowhere in the National League Central, and had fired Phil Garner eleven days earlier.  We were going as a family to enjoy a game and celebrate the day.

Cal Eldred was on the mound and despite his 1-6 record, I was hopeful that he would find some of his old form.  He struck out Marvin Bernard to start the game!

Bill Mueller followed with a single.

Then, whether we liked it or not, we got to witness something rare.

Barry Bonds hit a home run.

Jeff Kent followed with a home run.

Ellis Burks followed with another home run.

Three swings. Three homers. Giants up 4-0.

I hate all three of those guys.  It is completely justified.

Joe Nathan, a rookie in 1999, was the starting pitcher for the Giants that day.  There was – as the saying goes – plenty of time to make the comeback.  Plus, the Brewers still had Jeromy Burnitz and Geoff Jenkins in the lineup.  Plenty of time.

But, Nathan allowed one run despite allowing seven hits and three walks in five innings (and facing three batters in the sixth).  It was turning into a frustrating day at the ballpark.

Plus, starting catcher David Nilsson left the game after the bottom of the second inning due to an injury.  Bobby Hughes took over for him.  Bobby Hughes is most famous for being the only person in recorded history to fall for The Three-Man Lift twice.

Still the Brewers were in the game.  They managed a run in the fourth inning when Kevin Barker singled with two outs to drive in Burnitz.

Next came a play that would have new school thinkers tearing out their hair.  The Brewers were down 4-1 with runners at first and third with two outs.  Jim Lefebvre, who took over for Garner as Milwaukee’s manager on August 13, did not send up a pinch hitter for Eldred.  Cal Eldred was due to bat and – BY GOD! – Cal Eldred was going to bat!

He struck out.

Eldred would give up a two-out RBI single to JT Snow in the top of the fifth and the Giants were up 5-1.

We – me, my family, and the other 22,189 in attendance – did enjoy some gallows humor in the bottom of the sixth and the Brewers mounted a rally.

Geoff Jenkins singled.  Marquis Grissom walked.  Jeff Cirillo singled.  The Brewers had the bases loaded with no outs and were down by four.

The Giants took Joe Nathan out and replaced him with Alan Embree.

Kevin Barker popped out.  Alex Ochoa came in to pinch hit for Eldred.  He grounded into an inning ending double play.  I am a little foggy on the details, but I seem to remember that Ochoa swung at the first pitch of his at bat to ground into the 5-3 double play.

We laughed at the absurdity of it.

David Weathers took over in the seventh and gave up a single to Bonds, who stole second base – remember when he stole bases, and Kent drove him in with another single.

The Giants added another run in the eighth against Weathers on an RBI single by Bernard for a 7-1 lead.  San Francisco had the bases loaded and no outs at the time, but Weathers, Mike Myers, and Rocky Coppinger managed to retire Mueller, Bonds, and Kent with no more runs scoring.  The crowd actually got excited about that.

To conclude the afternoon’s entertainment, the Brewers staged another rally in the bottom of the ninth.  Ronnie Belliard doubled with one out and scored on a single by Looooooooooou Collier against Felix Rodriguez.  Burnitz walked with two outs.  Jenkins singled in Collier to bring Grissom to the plate with two on and two out with the Brewers down 7-3.

Rodriguez struck out Grissom to end the game.

Happy Birthday, Dad.

August 22, 1999 Lineups:
San Francisco Giants
Marvin Benard, cf
Bill Mueller, 3b
Barry Bonds, lf
Jeff Kent, 2b
Ellis Burks, rf
JT Snow, 1b
Rich Aurilia, ss
Brent Mayne, c
Joe Nathan, p

Milwaukee Brewers
Ronnie Belliard, 2b
Mark Loretta, ss
David Nilsson, c
Jeromy Burnitz, rf
Geoff Jenkins, lf
Marquis Grissom, cf
Jeff Cirillo, 3b
Kevin Barker, 1b
Cal Eldred, p

Jeromy Burnitz: 1-for-1, RUN
Geoff Jenkins: 3-for-5, RBI
Barry Bonds: 1-for-4, HR, 2RBI, stolen base

Retrosheet boxscore
Baseball Reference WPA Chart

Past MLB Memory Lane entries:
Rally against The Eck & Walkoff the A’s (1989)

Dennis Lamp near no-hitter (1981)

Teddy & Team Streak (1987)

Chester Marcol steals the show (1980)

Nolan Ryan at Wrigley (1987)

Larry Hisle beats Louisiana Lightning (1978)

Alumni Report (Winter Leagues through 12/2/12)

I haven’t checked on former Timber Rattlers players in the winter leagues a few weeks.  The last time I did one of these, the Arizona Fall League was still going.

Tony Butler is playing in Puerto Rico. Carlos Maldonado & Luis Valbuena are tearing up Venezuela

Tony Butler is playing in Puerto Rico. Carlos Maldonado & Luis Valbuena are tearing up Venezuela.

You read that caption correctly.  Tony Butler is pitching in Puerto Rico.  Read on for more details on former Rattlers in Winter Ball.

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox:
Craig Anderson: 4g, 4gs; 1-1, 1.37ERA, 26.1IP, 3BB, 13K

Arizona:
Phoenix Desert Dogs:
Khris Davis: 15g; 226/348/264; 0HR, 6RBI
Brock Kjeldgaard: 7g; 385/455/846; 4HR, 9RBI
Hunter Morris: 21g; 256/305/360; HR, 8RBI
Josh Prince: 25g; .404/491/573; HR, 14RBI
Nick Bucci: 6g, 6gs; 2-2, 9.00ERA, 18.0IP, 9BB, 9K
Kyle Heckathorn: 10g, 0gs; 1-0, 6.75ERA; 13.1IP, 6BB, 9K
Santo Manzanillo: 3g, 0gs; 0-0, 31.50ERA; 2.0IP, 4BB, K
Jimmy Nelson: 7g, 6gs; 2-3, 4.91ERA; 22.0IP, 14BB, 23K

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas:
Edward Paredes: 19g, 0gs; 2-0, 2.31ERA; 11.2IP, 8BB, 8K
Juan Sandoval: 9g, 0gs; 0-1, 9.53ERA; 5.2IP, 3BB, K

Estrellas de Oriente:
Juan Diaz: 32g; 256/287/367; HR, 10RBI

Gigantes del Cibao:
Carlos Peguero: 9g; 357/514/714; 3HR, 7RBI
Rene Rivera: 9g; 152/222/333; 2HR, 3RBI
Aquilino Lopez: 7g, 0gs; 0-1, 29.45ERA; 3.2IP, 2BB, 3K*

Tigres del Licey:
Carlos Triunfel: 19g; 161/235/161; 0HR, 3RBI

Puerto Rico:
Atenienses de Manati:
Tony Butler: 7g, 0gs; 0-0, SAVE, 1.50ERA; 12.0IP, 10BB, 5K

Cangrejeros de Santruce:
Jeff Dominguez: 16g; 149/286/435; 0HR, RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 4g; 0-for-4

Criollos de Caguas:
Efrain Nieves: 5g, 0gs; 0-2, 13.50ERA; 6.2IP, 6BB, 4K

Indios de Mayaguez:
Martin Maldonado: 9g; 394/421/697; 2HR, 10RBI

Venezuela:
Aguilas de Zulia:
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 8g, 6gs; 1-1, SAVE, 1.60ERA; 33.2IP, 5BB, 41K

Bravos de Margarita:
Renee Cortez: 11g, 0gs; 2-1, 4.85ERA; 13.0IP, 6BB, 9K
Jeremy Jeffress: 2g, 0gs; 0-0, 0.00ERA; 3.1IP, BB, K

Cardenales de Lara:
Edilio Colina: 7g; 259/355/259; 0HR, 2RBI
Johan Limonta: 18g; 283/309/377; HR, 7RBI
Oswaldo Navarro: 18g; 176/276/235; 0HR, 4RBI
Luis Valbuena: 34g; 325/454/533; 4HR, 23RBI
Jose Escalona: 16g, 0gs; 0-0, 2.35ERA; 15.1IP, 7BB, 12K
Ryan Feierabend: 6g, 6gs; 0-1, 3.26ERA; 30.1IP, 4BB, 19K
Cesar Jimenez: 15g, 0gs; 0-2, 3 SAVES, 2.03ERA; 13.1IP, 3BB, 19K

Caribes de Anzoategui:
Luis Oliveros: 9g; 400/478/550; 0HR, 3RBI

Navagantes del Magallanes:
Sean Halton: 14g; 160/263/360; 3HR, 6RBI
Carlos Maldonado: 37g; 291/411/575; 10HR; 26RBI

Tiburones de La Guaira:
JC Ramirez: 10g, 0gs; 2-1, 10.80, 6.2IP, 7BB, 6K

*-Stats for Aquilino Lopez include two games with Tigres del Licey

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