Walkoff Wednesday (2008 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

I don’t have all of the walkoff details for the 1999 season.  That year will have to be on hold for right now.  So let us skip back to a year of more recent vintage, 2008.

The ’08 Rattlers had a bad year. But, there were some exciting finishes.  Sadly, there were a lot more exciting finishes for the opponents in the final season as an affiliate of the Mariners.  There were a lot of excellent Timber Rattlers pitching performances wasted in this season, too.  The odd thing that you will notice about the four Timber Rattlers walkoff wins during that season is that all came in an extra inning.

Walkoff Heroes of 2008.

Walkoff Heroes of 2008.

 

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (5):
DATE: May 17
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Scott Robinson
PITCHER: Justin Friend
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Scott Robinson hits a two-run home run!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Kane County 2
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers trailed 2-0 until Robinson scored on a two-out wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth.  Alex Liddi tied the game with a two-out RBI single to drive in Edilio Colina in the bottom of the ninth.  Then, Scott Robinson hit a home run on the first pitch he got in the ninth for the game winner.

This may be the only photo of Scott Robinson in a Timber Rattlers uniform that we have. He's in there somewhere.

This may be the only photo of Scott Robinson in a Timber Rattlers uniform that we have. He’s in there somewhere.

DATE: June 5
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
BATTER: Gavin Dickey
PITCHER: Wayne Daman
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:  Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Gavin Dickey hits a leadoff home run!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Quad Cities 3 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers had runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the ninth.  Daman got out of the inning with a strikeout and a groundout.  Dickey drilled a 2-0 pitch over the wall in left for the game winning homer in the bottom of the tenth.

DATE: June 6
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
BATTER: Blake Ochoa
PITCHER: Matt Spade
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Blake Ochoa singles with the bases loaded and no outs to drive in Gavin Dickey.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 6, Quad Cities 5 (10)
NOTE: Quad Cities took a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning on a three-run homer by Domnit Bolivar.  The Rattlers had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and Pete Parisi struck out Maximo Mendez, but the ball skipped to the backstop and Dickey scored the tying run!  Spade faced four batters in the bottom of the eleventh: Dickey singled, Denny Almonte doubled, Calvin Beamon was intentionally walked, and Ochoa, who entered the game after Scott Robinson pinch-hit for Israel Nunez in the bottom of the ninth, singled in the winning run.

DATE: June 22
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Alex Liddi
PITCHER: Chris Chavez
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Alex Liddi RBI single with two outs drove in Edilio Colina from second.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Burlington 3 (11)
NOTE: Juan Ramirez (now known as JC Ramirez in the Phillies organization) had a 3-2 lead with two outs and none on in the top of the ninth inning.  Pinch-hitter Clint Robinson hit a 3-2 pitch out of the ballpark to tie the game.  In the tenth, Colina was a first with one out and Joe Dunigan at the plate.  Dunigan reached on catcher’s interference to keep the inning alive.  Liddi singled to left and Colina scored for the victory.

DATE: August 9
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Juan Diaz
PITCHER: Brent Lysander
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Juan Diaz singles to drive in Edilio Colina from second.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 2, Kane County 1 (11)
NOTE: Michael Pineda pitched six scoreless innings.  Phillippe Aumont relieved in the seventh and gave up a run on a two-out RBI single in the top of the eighth.  Colina doubled to start the bottom of the eleventh against Lysander – the sixth Kane County pitcher of the game.  Diaz singled on the first pitch of his at bat to drive in Colina.

This was the Timber Rattlers final walkoff victory of the Mariners Era.

This was the Timber Rattlers final walkoff victory of the Mariners Era.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (7):

DATE: June 14 (Day game of a Day-Night Doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Alliant Energy Field
BATTER: Jonathan Green
PITCHER: Ryan Moorer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Green singled with two outs to drive in pinch-runner Matt Lawson from second.
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 2, Timber Rattlers 1 (10)
NOTE: Neftali Feliz was the starting pitcher for Clinton and he struck out eleven in 5-1/3 innings.  Ian Gac singled with two outs in the bottom of the tenth.  Lawson pinch-ran and stole second.  Moorer walked Mitch Moreland, but Green singled to score the winning run and clinch a playoff spot for the LumberKings.

DATE: June 29
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Johnny Giavotella
PITCHER: Justin Souza
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Giavotella singled with two outs to drive in Jamar Walton.
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 4, Timber Rattlers 3
NOTE: Walton started the tenth inning rally with a double, but was still at second base with two outs.  Souza intentionally walked Adrian Ortiz and was ahead of Giavotella 0-2 before giving up the game-winning hit.

DATE: June 30
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: David Lough
PITCHER: Joe Kantakevich
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded single with two outs by Lough drove in Adrian Ortiz
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 2, Timber Rattlers 1 (11)
NOTE: The Bees had the bases loaded with no outs in the ninth inning, but Keith Meyer got a 5-2-3 double play and Jose Escalona came on to get the final out and send the game to extra innings.  Escalona started the eleventh inning by allowing a walk and a bunt single.  He would get a strikeout, but through a wild pitch with Mike Moustakas at the plate.  Escalona intentionally walked Moustakas and Kantakevich took over.  He got a force out at the plate on a grounder to third, but Lough ended the game with his RBI single.

DATE: July 13
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
STADIUM: Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Lance Zawadzki
PITCHER: Jose Escalona
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Lance Zawadzki singled with two outs to drive in Anthony Contreras
FINAL SCORE: Fort Wayne 2, Timber Rattlers 1
NOTE: Wisconsin had a 1-0 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth inning behind six shutout innings by Brett Lorin and two scoreless innings by Jeff Dunbar.  Then, Rob Harmon came into the game.  Harmon allowed a single – with an error on Maximo Mendez in center allowing the tying run to get to second base.  A walk, a sacrifice bunt, and another walk loaded the bases.  Another walk – this one to Danny Payne – drove in the tying run. Escalona got a popup for the second out, but Zawadzki singled on a 1-1 pitch for the game-winner.

DATE: August 5
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Alliant Energy Field
BATTER: Mitch Moreland
PITCHER: Jose Escalona
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Mitch Moreland drove in Davis Stoneburner
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 5, Timber Rattlers 4
NOTE: Daniel Carroll tied the game 4-4 with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning.  But, Escalona gave up a double to Stoneburner to start the bottom of the ninth.  A single by Engel Beltre put runners on the corners.  Escalona got an out with a strikeout.  Then, Moreland singled in the winning run.

DATE: August 16
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Phil Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Jake Smith
PITCHER: Keith Meyer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 5, Kane County 4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jake Smith doubles with one out to drive in two run.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 6, Timber Rattlers 5
NOTE:  Michael Pineda pitched five scoreless innings for the Rattlers.  Joe Dunigan and Denny Almonte hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning and Wisconsin would score a run in the top of the ninth inning to take a 5-1 lead.  Jeff Dunbar came on to start the bottom of the ninth.  He faced five batters and did not retire any of those batters: Walk, single, RBI single, RBI single, RBI single.  All of a sudden the Rattlers lead was down to 5-4.  Meyer came on to get the first out.  Then, Smith doubled to drive in the tying and winning runs.  Do I mention that the Rattlers were 18-36 at this point of the second half after the loss?  I hate this game.

DATE: August 31
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
STADIUM: John O’Donnell Stadium
BATTER: Niko Vasquez
PITCHER: Jose Escalona
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 10-10 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Pinch-runner Tommy Pham beat a throw from second baseman Alex Meneses to the plate.
FINAL SCORE: Quad Cities 10, Wisconsin 11
NOTE: The Rattlers had a 9-5 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh inning.  Quad Cities scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 10-9 lead.  Wisconsin rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth as Alex Liddi scored on a groundout by Blake Ochoa.  But, in the bottom of the ninth…Rob Harmon allowed a leadoff double to Francisco Rivera.  Pham pinch ran as Jose Escalona entered the game for Harmon.  Domnit Bolivar singled to put runners on the corners and took second on defensive indifference.  Vasquez sent a slow grounder to Meneses at second base and Pham beat the throw to the plate.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

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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