Tater Tuesday – Jon Nelson (2003)

Welcome to Tater Tuesday on the blog. Each week I’ll take a look at home runs or – as the Great George Scott called them – taters. Usually, this will be home runs by a Timber Rattlers player.

Jon Nelson finished second on the team in home runs during the 2003 season.  But, some of the home runs that he hit were the furthest and hardest hit homers in Timber Rattlers history.

Jon Nelson

Jon Nelson

Nelson ended the season with 16 regular season homers, a 38 doubles, 91 RBI, and 71 runs scored.  He also struck out 168 times, but those home runs went a long way….because Jon Nelson was straight up the strongest guy I have ever seen play for the Rattlers.

HR #1
Date: April 12
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Nate Hoelscher
Inning: 15th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Burlington 3
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Burlington 3
Note: This was the first of three home runs the Rattlers hit in the 15th inning of this game at Burlington for a 9-3 win.

HR #2
Date: April 15 – Game two of doubleheader
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Dennis Serafate
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Beloit 3, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Beloit 3, Wisconsin 2

HR #3
Date: May 3
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Camilo Vazquez
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Dayton 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin  2, Dayton 0

HR #4
Date: May 14
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Justin Jones
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Lansing 0
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin  4, Lansing 0

HR #5
Date: June 13
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Chris Mowday
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 8, Kane County 1
Note: This was Nelson’s final home run of the first half.

HR #6
Date: June 23
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Tyler Adamczyk
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Peoria 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Peoria 1

HR #7
Date: June 24
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Aaron Russelburg
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Peoria 2, Wisconsin 1
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Peoria 2

HR #8
Date: June 27
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Luis Marcano
Inning: 8th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 5, Clinton 3
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Clinton 3

HR #9
Date: July 1
Opponent: Quad City River Bandits
Home or Away:
 Away

Opposing Pitcher: Nick Blackburn
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Quad City 2
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Quad City 2

HR #10
Date: July 2
Opponent: Quad City River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: TJ Prunty
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Quad City 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Quad City 1

HR #11
Date: July 2
Opponent: Quad City River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Peter Tautor
Inning: 8th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, Quad City 1
Type: 3-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Quad City 1
Note: This was the only multi-homer game of the season for Nelson.

HR #12
Date: July 14
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Andy Lanazos
Inning: 9th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Peoria 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Peoria 3

HR #13
Date: July 30
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: James Holcomb
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 3, Wisconsin 0
Type: Grand Slam!
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids 3

HR #14
Date: August 4 – Game One of doubleheader
Opponent: Quad City River Bandits
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Josh Gray
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Quad City 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Quad City 0

HR #15
Date: August 17
Opponent: Battle Creek Yankees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Gary Bell
Inning: 6th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Battle Creek 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Battle Creek 1

HR #16
Date: August 18
Opponent: Battle Creek Yankees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: TJ Beam
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Battle Creek 1
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Battle Creek 1

PLAYOFFS:
HR #1
Date: September 4
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Tim Bausher
Inning: 9th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Beloit 11, Wisconsin 3
Type: 3-run
Score After Homer: Beloit 11, Wisconsin 6

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Khris Davis – 2010

Ron Garth – 2006-2008

2012 Postseason Homers

David Ortiz – 1996

Mike Wilson – 2005

One Homer Rattlers – 2009-2013

One Homer Rattlers – 2000-2008

Juan Silvestre – 1999

Justin Leone – 2000

Shawn McCorkle – 2000

John Castellano – 2001

Sean Peless – 2002

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