March 2013

Walkoff Wednesday by the Numbers & Deeds

It’s been a lot of fun looking back at the walkoff heroics of various Timber Rattlers players through the years.  Yeah, I guess it’s been fun to look back at the opposing team’s wins in that same fashion.  That’s what Walkoff Wednesday has been about.

Now is the time to break things down by team and by walkoff event from 1995-2012. 

Additionally, I will list the walkoff homers both for the Timber Rattlers and against the Timber Rattlers.  

At the bottom of this page there will be a link to every Walkoff Wednesday post of this offseason.

Timber Rattlers Walkoff Victories 1995-2012: 118
Opponent Walkoff Victories 1995-2012: 103

Wisconsin’s 118 Walkoff Events:
Single: 49
Double: 5
Triple: 1 (Michael Marseco – 4/22/09 v. Peoria)
HR: 27 (Includes three walkoff grand slams)
Opposing Team Error: 14
Wild Pitch: 8
Sacrifice Fly: 6
Bases Loaded Walk: 4
Fielder’s Choice: 2
Unknown: 2

Michael Marseco has the only walkoff triple in Timber Rattlers history.

Michael Marseco has the only walkoff triple in Timber Rattlers history.

Eleven of Wisconsin’s 118 Walkoff Victories have happened when the team was trailing heading into the plate appearance that led to the walkoff win.

WALKOFF WINS AGAINST MWL OPPONENT (1995-2012):
Beloit: 17
Bowling Green: 0
Burlington: 10
Cedar Rapids: 7
Clinton: 8
Dayton: 3 
Fort Wayne: 5
Great Lakes: 3
Kane County: 15
Lake County: 0
Lansing: 8
Peoria: 12
Quad Cities: 9
South Bend: 10
West Michigan: 2

FORMER MWL TEAMS:
Rockford: 6
Michigan/Southwest Michigan/Battle Creek: 3

MWL OPPONENT WALKOFF WINS vs. WISCONSIN 1995-2012:
Beloit: 11
Bowling Green: 1
Burlington: 11
Cedar Rapids: 8
Clinton: 8
Dayton: 2
Fort Wayne: 5
Great Lakes: 1
Kane County: 16
Lake County: 2
Lansing: 3
Peoria: 9
Quad Cities: 8
South Bend: 2
West Michigan: 3

FORMER MWL TEAMS:
Rockford: 3
Michigan/Southwest Michigan/Battle Creek: 10

TIMBER RATTLERS WITH MORE THAN TWO CAREER WALKOFF HITS:

Mike Marchiano: 5
Nick Ramirez: 3
Ariel Durango: 3

All Time Leader in Walkoff Hits by a Timber Rattler.  All FIVE happened in 1998.

All Time Leader in Walkoff Hits by a Timber Rattler. All FIVE happened in 1998.

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFF HOMERS (1995-2012):

David Ortiz – June 8, 1996
Mike Burrows – May 11, 1997
Ramon Vazquez – August 30, 1997
Juan Silvestre – June 18, 1998
Mike Marchiano – July 13, 1998
Juan Silvestre – September 11, 1999 (Grand Slam)
Fernando Espino – September 16, 1999
Gorky Estrella – June 25, 2000 (Grand Slam)
Joe Rodriguez – April 13, 2001
John Castellano – May 15, 2001
Ariel Durango – June 12, 2001 (Grand Slam)
Sean Peless – April 16, 2002
TJ Bohn – April 27, 2003
Matt Tuiasosopo – April 13, 2005
Mike Wilson – September 9, 2005
Ron Garth – May 21, 2006
Johan Limonta – August 6, 2006
Curt Ledbetter – August 25, 2006
Andy Hargrove – May 13, 2007
Scott Robinson – May 17, 2008
Gavin Dickey – June 5, 2008
Brock Kjeldgaard – June 10, 2009
Mike Walker – April 17, 2011
Mike Brownstein – August 1, 2011
Greg Hopkins – April 25, 2012
Yadiel Rivera – June 10, 2012
Ben McMahan – July 18, 2012

Silvestre is the only Rattler to have TWO walkoff home runs.

Juan Silvestre is the only Rattler to have TWO walkoff home runs. One of those homers is one of three walkoff grand slams in Rattlers history.

OPPONENT WALKOFF HOMERS (1995-2012):
Demond Smith (Cedar Rapids) – July 10, 1995
Bo Porter (Rockford) – August 2, 1996
Chris Haas (Peoria) – September 3, 1996
Jamie Lopiccolo (Beloit) – August 10, 1997
Greg Clark (Peoria) May 15, 2000
Ryan Gripp (Lansing) – August 11, 2000
Hunter Wyant (Kane County) – April 13, 2002
Eric Lis (Beloit) – April 11, 2006
Eli Tintor  (Beloit) – July 19, 2007
Dusty Coleman (Kane County) – May 21, 2009
Wang Wei Lin (Beloit) – May 3, 2010
Danny Rams (Beloit) – July 9, 2010
Virgil Hill (Quad Cities) – June 17, 2012
Zach Borenstein (Cedar Rapids) – July 6, 2012

Previous Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1999 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2008 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2009 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2010 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2011 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2012 Season)

This turned into something else….

At first, I was going to do a piece on the NCAA Tournament and the connections of Timber Rattlers players and coaches – past and present – have had with the schools involved in the tournament.

Then, I got sidetracked.

First here is the main reason I started this post.  Off the top of my head, I can recall these players with ties to teams that made the NCAA Basketball Tournament:

Jacob Barnes – Florida Gulf Coast
David Goforth – Mississippi
Ben McMahan & Tommy Toledo – Florida
Michael Garza – Georgetown
Brent Suter – Harvard
Brandon Macias – Kansas
Adrian Williams & Brent Dean – UCLA
Matt Miller & JJ Putz – Michigan
Mike Walker – Pacific
Bo Acors & Alex Gary – Virginia Commonwealth University
Brian Garman – Cincinnati 
Eric Arnett – Indiana
Brandon Green – Wichita State University
Justin Jordan – Belmont
Greg Dobbs – Oklahoma
Tom Keeling & Mike Strong – Oklahoma State
Ricky Orta – Miami
Lance Painter – Wisconsin
Matt Hagen – Liberty
TJ Bohn – Iowa State
Corey Harrington – New Mexico State

Jeremy Dutton – North Carolina State
Marshall Hubbard – North Carolina
Michael Ciccoteli & Nick Allen – Villanova

I’m sure there are some that I am missing.  Feel free to add to the list in the comments.

As I was going through the brackets and trying to match schools in the tournament with former players…in my mind!…I stopped on Creighton for a moment…Tom Oldham went to Creighton…right?

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Quick Google search to check and this is what I found:

Tom Oldham Baseball

Yes. Oldham, a Timber Rattlers pitcher in 2004, runs his own baseball school in Omaha, home of the Creighton Bluejays.  That is really cool.  Oh, and he also DID play his college baseball at Creighton. So, I wasn’t wrong!

Oldham mentions one of his games with the Timber Rattlers in the ‘About’ section of his website.

In 2004, he was 5th in strikeouts in all of Minor League Baseball, highlighted by a 15-strikeout performance against the Dayton Dragons in 8 innings.

I just so happen to have my scorebook from that game against the Dayton Dragons in 2004.  It happened on June 26 at Fox Cities Stadium.  One of his 15Ks that day was catching a guy by the name of Joey Votto looking to end the first inning.

Oldham allowed four hits, walked one, hit one, and allowed no runs in that game.  He also picked a runner off first in the second inning.

The Rattlers won that game 6-0 and were powered by homers from Bryan LaHair and Mike Nesbit.  Additionally, Adam Jones went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Lest you think that was a 1-game wonder for Oldham, it was not the only time that season he had 10 or more Ks in a game.  He also had 13 in seven shutout innings against Cedar Rapids on May 17 and 10 in 5-1/3 innings at Dayton on June 15.

Oldham struck out 132 and walked just 30 in 116.2IP with the Timber Rattlers before earning a promotion to Inland Empire in the California League later in the ’04 season.  He struck out 56 and walked 6 in 42 innings over his last seven starts of the season.

That would be…188 strikeouts and 36 walks in 158.2 innings pitched that season.

Oldham would make to to AAA in 2006, but…

Later that year, he pitched in Triple A with the Tacoma Rainiers before his professional career was cut short by an injury. Although Tom’s playing career is complete, his passion for development remains and he hopes his experiences and knowledge will help players reach their goals.

His contact information is at the website.  Drop him a line to say hello from Rattlers fans…and Go, Creighton!

Rattler Alumni in World Baseball Classic – Stats Through (3/17)

Go here to see how everyone in the WBC were doing through last Sunday.

There are no updates to Australia, Canada, Taiwan, or Venezuela since those teams were done playing after last Sunday.

That left former Timber Rattlers players on USA, Italy, the Netherlands, and Puerto Rico still playing last week.

Puerto Rico is through to the Finals after a win over Japan on Sunday.  The Netherlands will play the Dominican Republic tonight to see who will face Puerto Rico for the 2013 WBC Championship on Tuesday night.

Adam Jones connects for team USA (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Adam Jones connects for team USA (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

USA:
Adam Jones: 6g, 4-for-22 (.182), 0HR, 4RBI
Jonathan Lucroy: 3g, 2-for-5 (.400), 0HR, 1RBI
An RBI single by Jones in the game against Puerto Rico:

Italy:
Alex Liddi: 5g, 4-for-17 (.235); 0HR, 3RBI:
From early in the WBC, an Alex Liddi RBI single:

Wladimir Balentien with the Netherlands in Tokyo. (Credit: Koji Watanabe/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Wladimir Balentien with the Netherlands in Tokyo. (Credit: Koji Watanabe/Getty Images AsiaPac)

The Netherlands:
Wladimir Balentien: 6g, 6-for-19 (.316), 0HR, 4RBI
Kalian Sams: 6g, 5-for-19 (.263), 7 RUNS, 0HR, 3RBI

Here’s a Balentien RBI single in a game against Korea from earlier in the tournament:

Martin Maldonado behind the plate for Puerto Rico. (Credit:  DAVID SANTIAGO / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Martin Maldonado behind the plate for Puerto Rico. (Credit: DAVID SANTIAGO / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Puerto Rico:
Martin Maldonado: 5g, 0-for-9 (.000), 0HR, 0RBI
Hiram Burgos: 2g, 0gs, 1-0, 0.00ERA, 8.1IP, 3BB, 7K

Shared this on twitter, but here are some scoreless frames from Burgos – including a strikeout of Liddi – in Puerto Rico’s win over Italy:

1994 Foxes First Half Home Games Summary

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio has looked back at each of the 32 home games played by the Foxes in the first half of the 1994 season between the end of the 2012 Timber Rattlers season and Opening Day, 2013. I hope that you enjoyed the look back as much as I did.

Part I: Answering that about which you are likely most curious.

Sorry for the weird phrasing there.  I think it’s right.  I just didn’t want the sentence to end with a preposition.

Here are the first half home stats for the four Foxes players from 1994 with the most name recognition:

Alex Rodriguez:
arod9429 games
Positions: Shortstop – 28, DH – 1
Spot in Order: 3rd – 14, 4th – 15
Batting Average: 39-for-108 (.361)
BB: 10
HBP: 2
2B: 8
3B: 1
HR: 8
RBI: 28
RUNS: 21
SB: 6

  • Hit two homers and drove in five runs on May 2 AND May 3
  • Went hitless in just 4 of his 29 games at Goodland Field in 1994
  • Longest Home Hitting Streak was 11 games (May 6-May 31)
  • Had walkoff hits on May 3 AND May 7
  • Had a sacrifice bunt on June 7

Raul Ibanez:

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22 games
Positions: Catcher – 8, DH – 11, First Base – 1, Pinch-Hitter – 2
Spot in Order: 2nd – 1, 4th – 11, 5th – 7, 6th – 1
Batting Average: 21-for-76 (.276)
BB: 8
HBP: 1
2B: 5
HR: 3
RBI: 14
RUNS: 14
SB: 1

  • Longest Home Hitting Streak: 9 games (May 1-May 18)
  • Drove in three runs on June 15 AND June 17
  • Homered on May 4, May 8, and June 15

Ryan Franklin:

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5 games, 5 starts,
5-0, 2.03ERA
40.0IP, 29H, 10R, 9ER, 8BB, 38K

  • Pitched a complete game on June 6
  • Struck out 11 opposing batters on May 6
  • Struck out 12 opposing batters on June 16 

Matt Mantei:

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10 games, 0 starts
1-0, 6 saves, 1.04ERA
8.2IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 16K

  • Went 5-for-5 in save opportunities.

As a Did You Know….Did You Know that Rodriguez, Ibanez, Franklin, and Mantei appeared in the same game at Goodland Field only one time during the 1994 season.  (June 1).

Part II: The Numbers

The Foxes finished the first half with a home record of 20-12.
Opponents outscored Appleton 168-161 in the first half of the 1994 season at Goodland Field.
There were no shutouts at Goodland Field in the first half of the 1994 season.
The Foxes scored 10 or more runs in two games
Opponents scored 10 or more runs in seven games

Part III: The Games

Game #1: Appleton Foxes 8, Fort Wayne Wizards 6

Game #2: Fort Wayne Wizards 11, Appleton Foxes 6

Game #3: Appleton Foxes 3, Fort Wayne Wizards 2 (7)

Game #4: Fort Wayne Wizards 8, Appleton Foxes 3

Game #5: Appleton Foxes 5, Beloit Brewers 1

Game #6: Appleton Foxes 4, Rockford Royals 3

Game #7: Appleton Foxes 7, Rockford Royals 5

Game #8: Appleton Foxes 8, Springfield Sultans 7 (12)

Game #9: Springfield Sultans 5, Appleton Foxes 3 (11)

Game #10: Springfield Sultans 2, Appleton Foxes 1

Game #11: Appleton Foxes 12, Springfield Sultans 1

Game #12: Appleton Foxes 2, Kane County Cougars 1 (10)

Game #13: Kane County  Cougars 18, Appleton Foxes 6

Game #14: South Bend Silver Hawks 13, Appleton Foxes 4

Game #15: Appleton Foxes 3, South Bend Silver Hawks 2

Game #16: Appleton Foxes 3, South Bend Silver Hawks 1

Game #17: Appleton Foxes 5, South Bend Silver Hawks 4

Game #18: Rockford Royals 10, Appleton Foxes 2

Game #19: Rockford Royals 8, Appleton Foxes 6 (10)

Game #20: West Michigan Whitecaps 4, Appleton Foxes 3

Game #21: Appleton Foxes 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (10)

Game #22: Appleton Foxes 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 3

Game #23: Appleton Foxes 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 1

Game #24: Appleton Foxes 6, Cedar Rapids Kernels 1

Game #25: Appleton Foxes 4, Cedar Rapids Kernels 2

Game #26: Appleton Foxes 7, Cedar Rapids Kenrels 6

Game #27: Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, Appleton Foxes 3

Game #28: Quad Cities River Bandits 11, Appleton Foxes 3

Game #29: Appleton Foxes 6, Quad Cities River Bandits 2

Game #30: Clinton LumberKings 12, Appleton Foxes 6

Game #31: Appleton Foxes 3, Clinton LumberKings 1

Game #32: Appleton Foxes 14, Clinton LumberKings 11

1994 Foxes Home Game #32 – June 17

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: June 17
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
LUMBERKINGS STARTING PITCHER: Jim Rosenbohm
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ryan Smith
CONDITIONS: HOT!!  95°
ATTENDANCE: 753

In game #31, Ryan Franklin struck out 12, Scott Smith hit a two-run homer, and Matt Mantei struck out the side in order in the ninth inning as the Foxes won 3-1.  Game #32 is the final 1994 Foxes Home Game for which we have a boxscore and scoresheets. You are in for a Goodland Field Slugfest on a hot Friday night.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – 2b
Jesus Marquez – rf
Raul Ibanez – c
Fred McNair – 1b
Alex Sutherland – dh
Scott Smith – lf
Brian Wallace – 3b
Luis Molina – ss

LUMBERKINGS LINEUP:
Brett King – ss
Eddie Hartwell – rf
Armando Ross – cf
Brian Zaletel – dh
Charles Alimena – 1b
Benji Simonton – lf
Jose Alguacil – 2b
Gary Phillips – 3b
Mike Cavanaugh – c

Brett King, who went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on June 16 against Ryan Franklin, started this game with a home run to center against Ryan Smith.

Then, the Foxes scored twice in the bottom of the first.  Mike Barger singled and stole second.  Manny Patel walked.  Raul Ibanez doubled to left-center with one out to drive in both runners for a 2-1 lead.
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Clinton tied the game in the top of the second.  Smith hit Benji Simonton to start the inning and a missed catch on a pickoff throw to first allowed Simonton to reach third base.  Gary Phillips would drive in Simonton with a sacrifice fly.

The Foxes got busy in their half of the second inning and knocked Clinton starting pitcher Jim Rosenbohm out of the game.  It happened like this:

Single by Alex Sutherland
Double by Scott Smith
RBI single by Brian Wallace (Foxes up 3-2)
RBI single by Luis Molina (Foxes up 4-2)
Popup by Barger
Grounder to second by Patel, but Clinton second baseman with an errant throw on force play (Foxes up 5-2)
RBI single by Jesus Marquez (Foxes up 6-2)
Raul Ibanez walks to load the bases.
Rosenbohm out, Michael McMullen on in relief
Fred McNair strikes out
Two-run double by Sutherland (Foxes up 8-2)
Scott Smith strikes out
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But, Ryan Smith could not hold the LumberKings down in the top of the third.  He hit King and gave up a single to Eddie Hartwell to start the inning.  Armando Rios singled to drive in King.  One out later, Charles Alimena doubled to right to drive in a pair of runs.  However, Alimena was thrown out at third as he tried to stretch his hit into a triple.  Smith got the third out, but the 8-2 lead was cut to 8-5.

Clinton crept closer in the fifth inning as Zaletel hit a solo homer.

In the sixth, reliever Jose Sanchez had an interesting Goodland Field debut.  Alguacil singled and Gary Phillips doubled to start the inning for Clinton.  Sanchez struck out the next batter.  He also struck out King, but King would reach on an errant throw by Ibanez.  HOWEVER, the runners on second and third stayed where they were at after the play.  Sanchez struck out Hartwell for the second out.  Then, he issued a bases loaded walk to Rios to force in a run.  Sanchez struck out Zaletel – his fourth K of the inning – to end the inning.  But, the score was 8-7 through 5-1/2 innings.

The Appleton bats woke up again in the bottom of the sixth.  Barger doubled to start the inning and Patel followed with an RBI single.  Foxes back up 9-7.
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Sanchez escaped a spot of trouble in the top of the seventh and after the stretch Appleton made the score 10-7 as Fred McNair singled, stole second, and scored on a single by Scott Smith.

But, Sanchez could not get out of a jam in the top of the eighth.  The inning started with consecutive singles by King and Hartwell.  Rios was next and he doubled both runners home to make the score 10-9.  Sanchez gave up one more single before giving way to Robert Krueger.
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Krueger entered with runners on the corners and no outs to face Alimena.  He retired Alimena on a fly ball to left that wasn’t deep enough to score the tying run.  Then, Carlos Lezcano made a call that’s interesting.  He went to Matt Mantei, his closer.

He threw a wild pitch with Simonton at the plate and Rios scored the run to tie the game 10-10.

Then, he walked Simonton.  Then, Mantei threw another wild pitch.  

He would strike out Alguacil, but walk Gary Phillips to load the bases.  Mantei escaped the inning with the game still tied by striking out Cavanaugh.
mantei94Appleton responded to the LumberKings tying the game by putting together a spurt of four more runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Barger walked to start the inning, but was forced at second on a bunt back to the mound by Patel.  Marquez picked up Patel and an RBI with a double to left to put the Foxes up 11-10.  Ibanez singled to right to score Marquez for a 12-10 lead.  An exclamation point in the form of a two-run homer to left was provided by Fred McNair.

Alex Sutherland followed with a triple, but he was thrown out at the plate after a grounder to third by Scott Smith.

Robin Cope came on to get the final three outs of the game.  He retired King and Hartwell on grounders.  Then, he walked Rios.  A passed ball on Ibanez put Rios at second.  Zaletel singled in Rios for a 14-11 score.  Alimena was next and he singled to bring the tying run to the plate.

Cope ended the madness with a K of Simonton.  Foxes win 14-11.
94copeFOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Jesus Marquez: 3-for-5, 2 RUNS, 2RBI, 2 doubles.

NOTES:
Raul Ibanez: 2-for-4, 2B, BB, RUN, 3RBI
Matt Mantei: .2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, WIN

The Foxes ended the first half home schedule with a 20-12 record.

Appleton had an overall record of 39-30 in the first half.  They finished in second place in the North Division, five games behind first place Rockford.

I’ll wrap this series of posts up with one big post either Sunday or Monday.  I’ll include the results of each game with a link to each individual post and take a look at the home statistics for players like Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Franklin, and Matt Mantei.
arod94CLICK FOR PDFs:
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1994 Foxes Home Game #31 – June 16

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: June 16
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
LUMBERKINGS STARTING PITCHER: Jason Myers
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ryan Franklin
CONDITIONS: N/A
ATTENDANCE: 806
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In game #30, the Foxes let one get away late in a 12-6 loss to Clinton.  They try to rebound in game #31 and Ryan Franklin is just the guy to help them do it.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Luis Molina – 2b
Jesus Marquez – rf
Scott Smith – lf
Raul Ibanez – dh
Alex Sutherland – c
Giomar Guevara – ss
Manny Patel – 3b
James Clifford – 1b

LUMBERKINGS LINEUP:
Brett King – ss
Eddie Hartwell – rf
Armando Rios – cf
Brian Zaletel – dh
Charles Alimena – 1b
Benji Simonton – lf
Jose Alguacil – 2b
Gary Phillips – 3b
Mike Cavanagh – c

Franklin started the game with back-to-back-strikeouts.  A hit batsman and a single put two on with two out.  But, Franklin escapes.  In the second, he got a strikeout for the first out and retired the next batter on a grounder to second.  A two-out single put a runner on base.  Then, a dropped foul pop gave Cavanagh another chance.  Franklin struck out Cavanagh for his fourth K of the game.

The top of the third inning featured another strikeout, followed by a single and a double play.  In the fourth, Franklin struck out the side in order to give him eight strikeouts in four innings.

But, the Foxes offense had trouble breaking through against Jason Myers.  Luis Molina doubled in the first, but was stranded.  Giomar Guevara singled in the second, but was picked off first.  No one reached in the third and Myers retired the first two batters in the bottom of the fourth.  The, Scott Smith doubled.  Raul Ibanez delivered the two-out single that drove in Smith for a 1-0 Foxes lead.

Franklin got his ninth strikeout of the game to start a 1-2-3 fifth inning.  He got his tenth K of the game to start a scoreless sixth.

The Foxes added to their lead in the sixth with a pair of runs.  Jesus Marquez doubled with one out.  Smith blasted a homer to left!  Foxes 3, LumberKings 0.

Brian Zaletel wrecked Franklin’s shutout with a home run to start the seventh inning.  A two-out double by Jose Aluguacil brought the tying run to the plate later in the frame.  But, Franklin got strikeout #11 to end the inning.

Franklin’s evening wrapped up with a 1-2-3 eighth inning, which included his 12th strikeout.  He got leadoff batter Brett King swinging for the second out of the eighth.  It was the fourth time in four trips to the plate in that game King struck out swinging against Franklin.

After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Appleton went to the bullpen for the top of the ninth.

MANTEI SAVES
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Matt Mantei took the mound with a 3-1 lead and struck out the side in order to nail down another home victory for the Foxes.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Scott Smith: 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RUNS, 2RBI

NOTES:
Ryan Franklin: 8IP, 6H, R, 0BB, 12K, WIN
Matt Mantei: IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4, RBI
ibanez94This game took just under two hours (1:58) to play.

The Foxes are 19-12 at Goodland Field after this victory.

There was no boxscore in the folder.  So, the only documents we can share about this game are the scoresheets.

Also, there are two games left on the home schedule.  But, there is only one set of documents left in folder.  Either the sheets for that game didn’t make it into the folder or the Foxes-LumberKings got rained out on June 18.   That means the final 1994 Foxes Home Game post will be Game #32.  It will be a Goodland Field Slugfest.  Be prepared.

CLICK FOR PDFs:
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Renovation Update: Episode 16

Pictures first.  Video second.

And since this is where I’ll be spending the majority of my time, I will start with Home Radio:

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The futon is going to go against the far wall.

As I mentioned on twitter: Yes, smart alecks, the windows will open.

As I mentioned on twitter: Yes, smart alecks, the windows will open.

A good photographer is never seen in his pictures.

A good photographer is never seen in his pictures.

Here is what my brothers in sound from around the MWL have in store for them:

Your own door!

Your own door!

The press box has been expanded, too:

Plenty of room!

This looks like the set for one of those old: I’m a Mac. I’m a PC commercials.

Inside a suite on the club level:

I may try to call a game from up here one day this summer.

I may try to call a game from up here one day this summer.

Workers!

A view of the first base stands.

A view of the first base stands from the club seats on the upper level.

Yes. This photo was taken on a different day.  At least the Sun was out when I took this one.

See. The Sun does come out in Wisconsin!

See. The Sun does come out in Wisconsin!

We tried some different camera movements in this video!  Enjoy!

Walkoff Wednesday – 2012 Season

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

We have reached the 2012 season.  We have covered all eighteen seasons of Timber Rattlers baseball and done as many of the walkoff wins that we could find.

There will be a wrap on the wheres, hows, and how manys next week to put a bow on this feature.  Then, it will be time to add the walkoff heroes for the 2013 season.

Somewhere down the line probably in the offseason, we will get to the Foxes and Papermakers.  But, for now, look back at the 2012 season with eighteen walkoff wins.

Click on the links to see and hear the walkoff wins of the 2013 Timber Rattlers.  All photos were taken by Ann Mollica.

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (11):

Parker Berberet is about to get mobbed.

Parker Berberet is about to get mobbed.

DATE: April 7
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
BATTER: Parker Berberet
PITCHER: Stephen Tromblee
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI Single by Berberet
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Wisconsin 7, Cedar Rapids 6
NOTE: The Kernels took a 6-3 lead by scoring three runs in the top of the ninth. The Rattlers rallied with four runs in the bottom of the ninth.  Chadwin Stang doubled in the first run.  Ben McMahan singled to drive in the next two.  Then, Berberet knocked in the game winner.  This was the first win of the season for the Rattlers.

Dishon delivers

Dishon delivers

DATE: April 14
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: John Dishon
PITCHER: Kyler Burke
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: 2-out RBI double by Dishon.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 4, Peoria 3
NOTE: There were two out and none on in the bottom of the ninth.  Then, Yadiel Rivera singled.  Dishon followed with his double for the game winner.

DATE: April 25
OPPONENT: Dayton Dragons
BATTER: Greg Hopkins 
PITCHER: Jimmy Moran
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of then 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Greg Hopkins solo home run!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Wisconsin 4, Dayton 3
NOTE: Walkoff homer!

Lookout, Nick Ramirez!

Lookout, Nick Ramirez!

DATE: May 16
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Nick Ramirez
PITCHER: Jeff Urlaub
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Nick Ramirez
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Wisconsin 5, Burlington 4 (10)
NOTE: Burlington tied the game 4-4 with three runs in the top of the eighth inning.

Walla scores the winning run!

Walla scores the winning run!

DATE: May 20
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Nick Ramirez
PITCHER: Robinson Yambati
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Kane County 6, Wisconsin 5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: 2-out, 2-run single by Nick Ramirez
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 6
NOTE: The Rattlers had a runner at first with two outs.  Yambati walked the next two batters to load the bases.  Ramirez knocked in two for the win!

I will NEVER get sick of this picture.

I will NEVER get sick of this picture.

DATE: June 10
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Yadiel Rivera
PITCHER: Clint Dempster
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: 3-run homer by Yadiel Rivera!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 5, Beloit 2 (10)
NOTE: Wisconsin had runners at first and second with no outs.  Rivera could not get the sacrifice bunt down in two opportunities.  Then, he smacked the game winning homer.

That's Drew Gagnon celebrating with Yadiel Rivera.

That’s Drew Gagnon celebrating with Yadiel Rivera.

DATE: June 11
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Yadiel Rivera
PITCHER: Corey Williams
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY:  RBI single by Rivera.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 8, Beloit 7
NOTE: Two days in a row with walkoff wins for Rivera.

DATE: June 29
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Rafael Neda
PITCHER: Luis Liria
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Rafael Neda with an RBI single with the bases loaded.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 8, Peoria 7 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers trailed 6-1 after Peoria scored six times in the top of the third.  The Rattlers tied the game with five runs in the fourth.

Mac leaps into home plate.

Mac leaps into home plate.

DATE: July 18
OPPONENT: Great Lakes Loons
BATTER: Ben McMahan
PITCHER: Matt Shelton
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Ben McMahan with a solo homer!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 5, Great Lakes 4 (10)
NOTE: Third walkoff homer of the season!

Yep. He KNOWS that's a game winner!

Yep. He KNOWS that’s a game winner!


DATE: August 11

OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Nick Ramirez
PITCHER: Stephen Shackleford
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 8-8 in the bottom of the 13th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Ramirez
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Wisconsin 9, Clinton 8 (13)
NOTE: Third walkoff hit of the season for Ramirez.  Also…The jerseys….it was Jimmy Buffett Night.

I can't decide if the look on Cameron Garfield's face or Rafael Neda's fist pump is my favorite part of this photo.

I can’t decide if the look on Cameron Garfield’s face or Rafael Neda’s fist pump is my favorite part of this photo.

DATE:  September 12
OPPONENT:  Fort Wayne TinCaps
BATTER: Nick Ramirez
PITCHER: Luis De La Cruz
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Ties 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Rafael Neda scores from third on a wild pitch!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 3, Fort Wayne 2 (10)
NOTE: This was Game One of the MWL Championship Series!

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (9):

DATE: April 22
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
STADIUM: Coveleski Regional Stadium
BATTER: Ender Inciarte
PITCHER: Seth Lintz
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI double by Inciarte.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: South Bend 2, Timber Rattlers 1 (10)
NOTE: South Bend tied the game with a run in the bottom of the ninth.

DATE: May 25
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
STADIUM: Modern Woodmen Park
BATTER: Roberto Reyes
PITCHER: Mark Williams
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Reyes bunts with runners on first and second with no outs.  Williams throws wildly to first to allow winning run to score.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Quad Cities 5, Timber Rattlers 4
NOTE:  First walkoff loss in QC during 2012

DATE: May 29
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: Peoria Chiefs Stadium
BATTER:  Oliver Zapata
PITCHER: Tyler Cravy
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 14th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Zapata singled in the game winning run.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Peoria 4, Timber Rattlers 3 (14)
NOTE: Pin-Chieh Chen barely knocked the ball out of the catcher’s glove to end the marathon and help the Chiefs avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Rattlers.

DATE: June 15
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
STADIUM: Modern Woodmen Park
BATTER: Roberto De La Cruz
PITCHER: Mark Williams
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Throwing error on Brandon Macias after a sacrifice bunt attempt by De La Cruz allowed Virgil Hill to score all the way from first base.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Quad Cities 3, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: This was the second walkoff loss at Quad Cities.

DATE: June 17
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
STADIUM: Modern Woodmen Park
BATTER: Virgil Hill
PITCHER: Chad Pierce
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: 2-run homer by Virgil Hill.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Quad Cities 4, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: This was the last game of the first half.  This was the third walkoff loss at Quad Cities.

DATE: July 6
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Perfect Game Field
BATTER: Zach Borenstein
PITCHER: Tommy Toledo
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 11, Cedar Rapids 10 in the bottom of the 9th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out, two-run homer by Borenstein
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Cedar Rapids 12, Timber Rattlers 11
NOTE: I hate this game.  The Timber Rattlers scored eight runs in the top of the eight inning to rally from a 10-3 deficit to grab an 11-10 lead.  Then..oh, I can’t even finish this thought.

DATE: July 13
OPPONENT: Lake County Captains
STADIUM: Classic Park
BATTER: Jordan Smith
PITCHER: Stephen Peterson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 15th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Sacrifice fly with the bases loaded.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Lake County 7, Rattlers 6 (15)
NOTE: The Rattlers were down 5-1 after six innings.  They tied the game with a run in the seventh, a run in the eighth, and two in the ninth.  Max Walla put the Rattlers in front with a homer in the top of the 12th, but the Captains tied the game in the bottom of the 12th on a two-out passed ball.

DATE: July 14
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne TinCaps
STADIUM: Parkview Field
BATTER: Travis Jankowski
PITCHER: Kevin Shackelford
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jankowski singles to drive in the winning run.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Fort Wayne 4, Timber Rattlers 3
NOTE: The team arrived in Fort Wayne at 5:30am after the 15 inning loss in Lake County on the previous night.  Wisconsin had a 3-2 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth, but the TinCaps scored two runs for the win.

DATE: July 28
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Ashford University Field
BATTER: Chris Taylor
PITCHER: Mark Williams
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Ties 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Taylor with a 2-out RBI single.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Clinton 3, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: Wisconsin went 14-3 in 17 games against Clinton in 2012.  This was one of the losses.  I consider it an even trade.

Previous Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (1999 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2011 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2010 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2009 Season)


Walkoff Wednesday (2008 Season)

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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This is a test of the Video Embedding Service

I was told that I could embed MLB video last year.  I am getting around to testing it out today.  If it works, expect this to be a frequent topic during the season.

Okay, the Khris Davis RBI single from Monday’s game against the Dodgers could not be embedded yet. So, here is an MLB video from March 7 with quotes from Davis (’10) and Ron Roenicke on his productive camp:

This video from MLB is about the opportunities for Scooter Gennett (’10) and Hunter Morris (’10) in Big League Camp during Spring Training.

How about a few highlights from the WBC?

Kalian Sams (’07) with a walkoff sacrifice fly for the Dutch to beat the Cubans.

 

 

Adam Jones (’04) with his 2-run double off Jim Henderson (’09) to put the US in front of Canada:

Michael Saunders (’06) with a 2-run homer for Canada:

Michael Saunders winning the Pool D MVP

Rattler Alumni in World Baseball Classic – Stats Edition

Yes. That was former Timber Rattlers outfielder Kalian Sams with the game winning sacrifice fly for the Netherlands today.  The Dutch beat Cuba 7-6 in Tokyo to advance to the next round of the World Baseball Classic.

Here is a look at how the ex-Rattlers have done during the WBC.

Adam Jones 2004USA:
Adam Jones: 2-for-9, 3RBI
Jonathan Lucroy: 2-for-5, RBI

Australia:
Chris Snelling: 1-for-2
Mike Walker: 5-for-11
Ryan Rowland-Smith: 2g, 1.2IP, 2H, R, BB, K

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Mike Walker after a single for Australia. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Canada:
Taylor Green: 4-for-14
Michael Saunders: 8-for-11, 4 RUNS, HR, 7RBI*
Phillippe Aumont: 2g, 1.2IP, 5H, 3R, BB, K
Jim Henderson: 2g, 0-1, IP, 5H, 5R, BB, K

Taiwan:
Yung Chi-Chen: 4-for-19, RBI

Yung Chi Chen tags out a Cuban base runner for Taiwan. (Photo Credit: Koji Sasahara / AP)

Yung Chi Chen tags out a Cuban base runner for Taiwan. (Photo Credit: Koji Sasahara / AP)

Italy:
Alex Liddi: 4-for-10, 2RBI

Alex Liddi celebrates for Italy. Photo Credit: AP/Charlie Riedel

Alex Liddi celebrates for Italy. Photo Credit: AP/Charlie Riedel

Netherlands:
Wladimir Balentien: 5-for-18, 4RBI
Kalian Sams: 3-for-13, RBI

Kalian Sams for the Dutch. (Source: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Kalian Sams for the Dutch. (Source: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Puerto Rico:
Martin Maldonado: 0-for-5
Hiram Burgos: 1g, 4.2IP, 0R, BB, 3K

Hiram Burgos after his scoreless outing for Puerto Rico in the WBC.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hiram Burgos after his scoreless outing for Puerto Rico in the WBC. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Venezuela:
Asdrubal Cabrera: 1-for-8
Cesar Jimenez: 2g, 1.1IP, 3H, 2R, 0BB, K

*-Michael Saunders was named the MVP of Pool D.

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