Tater Tuesday – Mike Walker (2011)

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:  Mike Walker (#33), Timber Rattler.  Walker led the Timber Rattlers in home runs in 2011 with 15.

Walker's Walkoff HR against the Chiefs.

Walker’s Walkoff HR against the Chiefs.

I will never NOT use that picture when writing about Mike Walker.  He had some pretty big homers that season.  Let’s take a look.

HR #1
Date: April 12
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: AJ Schugel
Inning: 8th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 5, Wisconsin 4
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Cedar Rapids 5

HR #2
Date: April 17 (Game one of doubleheader)
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Jeff Anitqua
Inning: 5th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Peoria 2
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Peoria 2

HR #3
Date: April 17 (Game two of doubleheader)
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Eduardo Figueroa
Inning: 7th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Peoria 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Peoria 1
Note: Walkoff home run!

HR #4
Date: April 27 (Game one of doubleheader)
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Zach Russell
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Quad Cities 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 0

HR #5
Date: May 2
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Zach Russell
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Quad Cities 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 0

HR #6
Date: May 9
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Trevor Rosenthal
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 1, Wisconsin 1
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Quad Cities 1

HR #7
Date: May 21 (Game two of doubleheader)
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Mike Hart
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Burlington 8, Wisconsin 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Burlington 8, Wisconsin 4

HR #8
Date: May 23
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Tyler Vail
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Burlington 3, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Burlington 3

HR #9
Date: May 24
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Yohan Gonzalez
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 7, Peoria 0
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 10, Peoria 0

HR #10
Date: June 2
Opponent: Bowling Green Hot Rods
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Victor Mateo
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Bowling Green 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Bowling Green 0

HR #11
Date: June 14
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Larry Suarez
Inning: 8th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 8, Peoria 5
Type: Grand Slam!
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 12, Peoria 5

HR #12
Date: June 27
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Alvaro Sosa
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Peoria 15, Wisconsin 4
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Peoria 15, Wisconsin 7

HR #13
Date: July 1
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: PJ Jang
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Cedar Rapids 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids 1

HR #14
Date: July 6
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Chas Byrne
Inning: 9th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Kane County 10, Wisconsin 4
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Kane County 10, Wisconsin 7

HR #15
Date: July 20
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Sean Nolin
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Lansing 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Lansing 0

NOTES:
Walker hit only two solo home runs out of his fifteen.

Also, Walker was hit by a pitch on July 30.  He played on July 31 and August 1, but went on the disabled list on August 2.  He stuck with the team and did get back into the lineup in the last game of the season, September 5 at Beloit.

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)

Brock Kjeldgaard (2009)

Chris Dennis (2009-2011)

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