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)

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