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)

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