Tater Tuesday – Brock Kjeldgaard (2009)

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.

The 2009 season was the first season Wisconsin was an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.  That was also the first season a Brewers farmhand took a run at the franchise record for home runs in a single season.

Photo by Wm. Glasheen 2009

BROCK SMASH!

Brock Kjeldgaard, the Canadian first baseman on the 2009 Rattlers, led the team in homers with 20 and fell just shy of tying the old record of 21.  But, on distance alone and on the number of times I thought, “BROCK SMASH!!” after most of those homers by Kjeldgaard it was a fun season.

HR #1
Date: April 11
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Chuckie Fick
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 1
Note: This was the third game of the season for the Timber Rattlers.  It was also the first home run by a Timber Rattler in the Brewers Affiliation Era.

HR #2
Date: April 24
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home…Kind of
Opposing Pitcher: Aaron Shafer
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Peoria 3
Note: This game was held at Miller Park

HR #3
Date: April 30
Opponent: Great Lakes Loons
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Blake Brannon
Inning: 8th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Great Lakes 9, Wisconsin 5
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Great Lakes 9, Wisconsin 6

HR #4
Date: May 6
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Justin Garcia
Inning: 7th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Burlington 5, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Burlington 5, Wisconsin 1

HR #5
Date: May 7
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Zach Peterson
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Burlington 4, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Burlington 4, Wisconsin 1

HR #6
Date: May 20
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Anthony Capra
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Kane County 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Kane County 0

HR #7
Date: May 20
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Anthony Capra
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Kane County 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 1
Note:  The second homer of Kjelgaard’s first multi-homer game with the Rattlers was a leadoff homer.

HR #8
Date: May 26
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Lance Janke
Inning: 6th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 5, Dayton 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Dayton 0

HR #9
Date: June 10
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Justin Murray
Inning: 9th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, Kane County 4
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 4
Note: Walkoff three-run home run!

HR #10
Date: June 16
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Justin Garcia
Inning: 7th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 6, Burlington 5
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 8, Burlington 5

HR #11
Date: June 28
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Aaron Shafer
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 2

HR #12
Date: July 2
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Bobby LaFromboise
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Clinton 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Clinton 2

HR #13
Date: July 5
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Riquy Pena
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 8, Burlington 6
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 10, Burlington 6

HR #14
Date: July 13
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Ryan Cook
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, South Bend 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, South Bend 1

HR #15
Date: July 17
Opponent: Great Lakes Loons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Geison Aquasviva
Inning: 6th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Great Lakes 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Great Lakes 1

HR #16
Date: July 19
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Hunter Moody
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Lansing 7, Wisconsin 5
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Lansing 7, Wisconsin 6

HR #17
Date: August 7
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jeff Antigua
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Peoria 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Peoria 1

HR #18
Date: August 15
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Daniel Osterbrock
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Beloit 2, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Beloit 2, Wisconsin 1

HR #19
Date: August 20
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Will Smith
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Cedar Rapids 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Cedar Rapids 0

HR #20
Date: September 4
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Will Smith
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 1

NOTES:
In case you have forgotten, Kjeldgaard came into the Brewers organization as a pitcher.

Kjeldgaard hit 24 home runs for Huntsville in 2013.  He has hit 111 homers in his minor league career.

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

Adam Jones – 2004

Hank Aaron – 1975-1976

Marshall Hubbard (2005)

Joe Dunigan (2008)

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