Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

We continue our timeskip backwards with a look at the 1996 season.

The Timber Rattlers made the Midwest League Championship Series in 1996 and had an appropriate amount of walkoff victories to match. If you know anything about this Rattlers team, it should not be a surprise to see whose name pops up with the first walkoff homer in Timber Rattlers history.

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.

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 help. HEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

Which of these Rattlers had the most walkoff hits in 1996?

Which of these Rattlers had the most walkoff hits in 1996?  Read on, dear reader!

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (8):

DATE: April 14
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Jose Amado
PITCHER: Keith Glauber
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jose Amado with a Sacrifice Fly drives in the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 2, Peoria 1 (10)
NOTE: Amado tied the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth.

DATE: April 23
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Joe Mathis
PITCHER: Tony Pavlovich
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded RBI single by Mathis drove in pinch runner Faruq Darcuiel.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 6, Beloit 5 (10)
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers trailed 1-0, 3-1, and 5-3 in this game before rallying to win the game.

DATE: April 26
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Jose Amado
PITCHER: Scott Key
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jose Amado with an RBI single.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 4, Lansing 3
NOTE: Lansing tied the game 3-3 with a run in the top of the 9th

DATE: May 21
OPPONENT: Quad City River Bandits
BATTER: Jose Amado
PITCHER: Mike Walter
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jose Amado with a game winning sacrifice fly.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 5, Quad City 4
NOTE: Rattlers were down 4-3 going to the bottom of the ninth, but scored twice to win the game.

DATE: MAY 24
OPPONENT: Quad City River Bandits
BATTER: Luis Tinoco
PITCHER: Eric Smith
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 10-10 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Tinoco with an RBI single to drive in David Ortiz
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 11, Quad City 10 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers were down 10-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. They scored four in the eighth and six in the ninth to tie the game before Tinoco’s game winner

DATE: June 8
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars (Game 2 of doubleheader)
BATTER: David Oritz
PITCHER: Tony Castro
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 8th
GAME WINNING PLAY: David Ortiz walkoff homer!
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 3, Kane County 2
NOTES: David Ortiz ended this extra-inning game with the first walkoff homer in Timber Rattlers history.

DATE: July 7
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: David Ortiz
PITCHER: Sean Duncan
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Oritz with a bases loaded RBI single in the bottom of the ninth drove in Adonis Harrison.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 5, South Bend 4
NOTES: Ortiz went 5-for-5 with a homer and the game winning RBI single. Rattlers trailed 4-2 after South Bend scored four runs in the top of the eighth. Wisconsin scored one in the bottom of the eighth and two in the bottom of the ninth to rally for the win.

DATE: August 5
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Mike Hickey
PITCHER: Bob Pailthorpe
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Hickey with a bases loaded RBI single.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 5, Kane County 4
NOTES: Game story notes that Hickey’s game winning single was a bad hop single under the glove of first baseman Nate Rolison’s glove. It was also the second game at home for Hickey.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (4):

DATE: July 3
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Andy Collett
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: ????
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 4, Wisconsin 3 (14)
NOTE: HHHEEEELLLLLLLLLPPPPPP!!!

DATE: July 20
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Riverview Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Brent Iddon
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 4, Wisconsin 3 (10)
NOTE: HHHHHHEEEEEEELLLLLLLLPPPP!!

DATE: August 2
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
STADIUM Marinelli Field
BATTER: Bo Porter
PITCHER: Brent Iddon
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 5, Rockford 3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bo Porter hits a game-ending 3-run home run
FINAL SCORE: Rockford 6, Wisconsin 5
NOTE: Rattlers scored three runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead.

DATE: September 3
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: Vonachen Stadium
BATTER: Chris Haas
PITCHER: Brent Iddon
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Haas hits a 2-out pinch hit home run
FINAL SCORE: Peoria 2, Wisconsin 1
NOTE: This was Game One of the first round of the 1996 playoffs. The Rattlers tied the game 1-1 on an RBI double by Oritz in the top of the ninth.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

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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