Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

This week, we skip back in time to 1995, the first season of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Keep in mind that this may not be a complete list. The person (Ed.: AHEM) who went through the microfilm of The Post-Crescent boxscores at Appleton Public Library forgot to get ALL of the details…and The PC got a little lax in recording the boxscores at the end of that season.

If need be, I’ll go back and get these at some point. If you were at these games – or happen to be former Rattlers radio announcer Tim McCord, drop a line in the comments to HEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

To the list!

Luis Molina (pictured here with Lancaster in 1997) had the "walkoff" hit at least twice during the 1995 season.

Luis Molina (pictured here with Lancaster in 1997) had the “walkoff” hit at least twice during the 1995 season.

Joe Mathis scored the "walkoff" run at least twice during the 1995 Timber Rattlers season.

Joe Mathis (pictured here in 1996) scored the “walkoff” run at least twice during the 1995 Timber Rattlers season.

Timber Rattlers Walkoffs (3):

DATE: May 20
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
BATTER: Luis Molina
PITCHER: Mike Blais
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Molina’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth drives in Joe Mathis.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 2, Michigan 1
NOTES: This is the first walkoff victory in Timber Rattlers history.  Mathis had doubled in Wilson Delgado to tie the game moments earlier in the 9th.

DATE: June 5
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Marcus Mays
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ?????
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 4, Kane County 3
NOTE: One out in the bottom of the ninth when winning run scored. HEEELLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPP!!!!!

DATE: August 9
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Luis Molina
PITCHER: Cory Corrigan
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Luis Molina bloop single with 2 out scores Joe Mathis
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 3, Peoria 2 (12)
NOTES: Molina’s RBI single in the 12th gave him six straight games with an RBI. Wisconsin starting pitcher Derek Bieniasz had a perfect game through seven innings, but allowed a hit to start the eighth. Placido Palanco tied the game in the top of the ninth inning with an RBI double off John Thompson.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (8):

DATE: May 17
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Luis Castillo
PITCHER: Marino Santana
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: E4 on a potential game ending double play allowed two runs to score.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 3, Wisconsin 2
NOTES: Santana, Wisconsin’s starting pitcher, was going for a complete game and got the first out of the ninth. But, two walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases. Castillo grounded to short. The flip to second was in time, but the relay to first was wild and two runs scored for the Kane County win.

DATE: June 1 (Game 2 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Daniels
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ?????
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 6, Wisconsin 5 (9)
NOTES: Game two of the doubleheader went nine innings. Beloit tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

DATE: June 7
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Luis Castillo
PITCHER: Chris Beck
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Castillo’s bunt single with two out drove in Amauny Garcia.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 4, Wisconsin 3
NOTES: The Rattlers led 3-2 to start the bottom of the ninth, but committed two errors in the bottom of the ninth to set up the Kane County rally.

DATE: July 10
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Veterans Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Demond Smith
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 14, Cedar Rapids 13 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Demond Smith 2-out, 2-run home run
FINAL SCORE: Cedar Rapids 15, Wisconsin 14 (11)
NOTES: The Rattlers scored three in the top of the ninth to tie the game 11-11. Then, the Rattlers scored three runs in the top of the eleventh – on a three-run double by Luis Molina – for a 14-11 lead. Thompson retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the eleventh, but allowed a single. Then, Bret Hemphill hit a two-run homer. Thompson hit the next batter and Smith followed with a two-run walkoff homer.

This really happened.

Proof that this really happened.

DATE: July 28
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: C. O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 3, Wisconsin 2 (10)
NOTES: John Daniels allowed a runner to reach base to start the tenth. Thompson came on in relief and allowed the winning run to score.

DATE: July 29
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: C. O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 6, Wisconsin 5
NOTES: The Rattlers were up 5-0, but the Battle Cats scored three runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth to win. Thompson allowed an inherited runner to score. At least that’s what I think happened. The boxscore is tough to read/decipher.

It gets a little foggy in the section on pitchers.

It gets a little foggy in the section on the Rattlers pitchers.

DATE: August 25
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Daniels
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 5, Wisconsin 4 (10)
NOTE: Rattlers had tied the game with two runs in the top of the 9th

DATE: August 30
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Todd Dunwoody
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Dunwoody’s 2-out RBI single drove in Hayward Cook.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 2, Wisconsin 1 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers had a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, but a 2-out RBI single by Tony Darden drove in Walter White with the tying run that sent the game to extra innings.

I am pretty sure this was not the Walter White who scored the winning run against the Timber Rattlers on August 30, 1995

I am pretty sure this was not the Walter White who scored the winning run against the Timber Rattlers on August 30, 1995.

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Past Walkoff Wednesdays:

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

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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