Tater Tuesday – Adam Jones (2004)

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.

This week, we will do the double to tie this feature in with Top Five Tuesday on the main website.  Plus, we will talk about a player who will be featured in the Timber Rattlers 2014 Bobblehead Series.

That player is Adam Jones.  He’s an All-Star centerfielder with the Baltimore Orioles now.  But, ten years ago, he was just over two months away from his Midwest League debut as the shortstop of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Here's Adam Jones at bat as a Timber Rattler in 2004.

Here’s Adam Jones at bat as a Timber Rattler in 2004.

Jones hit .267 over 130 games during the 2004 with the Rattlers.  He led the team in hits (136) and RBI (72).  Jones finished the year with 11 home runs, which was good for third on the team – behind Wladimir Balentien (15) and Chris Colton (12).

HR #1
Date: May 11
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Michael McGirr
Inning: 7th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 10, Kane County9
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 11, Kane County 9

HR #2
Date: May 13
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: JR Pickens
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Kane County 9, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Kane County 9, Wisconsin 4

HR #3
Date: May 25
Opponent: Swing of the Quad Cities
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Errol Simontisch
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 2, Wisconsin 1
Type: Grand Slam!
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Quad Cities 2

HR #4
Date: June 7 (Day game of Day/Night doubleheader)
Opponent: Swing of the Quad Cities
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Errol Simontisch
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Peoria 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Peoria 0

HR #5
Date: June 17
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brock Till
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Dayton 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Dayton 0

HR #6
Date: July 21
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher:  John Gragg
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Burlington 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, , Burlington 0

HR #7
Date: July 25
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Ken Durost
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Beloit 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Beloit 1

HR #8
Date: July 31
Opponent: Battle Creek Yankees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Tyler Clippard
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Battle Creek 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Battle Creek 0

HR #9
Date: July 31
Opponent: Battle Creek Yankees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Tyler Clippard
Inning: 5th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Battle Creek 2
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Peoria Wisconsin 5, Battle Creek 2

HR #10
Date: August 6
Opponent: Kane County
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Mike McGirr
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Kane County 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 0

HR #11
Date: September 5
Opponent: Fort Wayne TinCaps
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Vern Sterry
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Fort Wayne 5, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Fort Wayne 5, Wisconsin 1

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

Jon Nelson – 2003

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