Tater Tuesday – Nick Ramirez (2012)

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.

Nick Ramierz 2012
Nick Ramirez hit three home runs in just over a month with the Timber Rattlers in 2011.  He looked like a sure thing for Wisconsin’s opening night lineup as the first baseman in 2012.  But, he had a late start to his 2012 season due to a broken hamate bone late in spring training of that year.  He healed and when he got the Midwest League in mid-May, it was time to start hitting home runs.

HR #1
Date: May 15
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brooks Pounders
Inning: 5th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Kane County 9, Wisconsin 4
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Kane County 9, Wisconsin 5

HR #2
Date: May 28
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Austin Reed
Inning: 9th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Peoria 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Peoria 1

HR #3
Date: June 4
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Tim Shubuya
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Beloit 5, Wisconsin 1
Type: GRAND SLAM!
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Beloit 5

HR #4
Date: June 12
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brett Shankin
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Clinton 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Clinton 0

HR #5
Date: June 29
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Yao Lin Wang
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Peoria 7, Wisconsin 6
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Peoria 7

HR #6
Date: July 3
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Robert Stock
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 6, Wisconsin 2
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Quad Cities 6, Wisconsin 5

HR #7
Date: July 4
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: RJ Alvarez
Inning: 8th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 8, Cedar Rapids 7
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 10, Cedar Rapids 7

HR #8
Date: July 6
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Logan Odom
Inning: 6th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 2, Wisconsin 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Cedar Rapids 2

HR #9
Date: July 15
Opponent: Fort Wayne TinCaps
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Dennis O’Grady
Inning: 7th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 6, Fort Wayne 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Fort Wayne 3

HR #10
Date: July 18
Opponent: Great Lakes Loons
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Raydel Sanchez
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Great Lakes 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Great Lakes 0

HR #11
Date: July 22
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Phil Brua
Inning: 7th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Lansing 7, Wisconsin 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Lansing 7, Wisconsin 3

HR #12
Date: July 29
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jeremy Dobbs
Inning: 7th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 5, Clinton 4
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 8, Clinton 4

HR #13
Date: July 30
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Seon Gi Kim
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Clinton 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Clinton 0

HR #14
Date: August 5
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Mason Melotakis
Inning: 9th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Beloit 8, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Beloit 8, Wisconsin 2

HR #15
Date: August 15
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Zach Jones
Inning: 9th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Beloit 13, Wisconsin 9
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Beloit 13, Wisconsin 10

HR #16
Date: August 31
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Jason Wheeler
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Beloit 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Wisconsin 0

POST SEASON TATERS:

HR #1
Date: September 7
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Drew Granier
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Burlington 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Burlington 0
Note: Followed a Ben McMahan home run for back-to-back homers

HR #2
Date: September 9
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Seon Gi Kim
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Clinton 2, Wisconsin 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Clinton 2

HR #3
Date: September 13
Opponent: Fort Wayne TinCaps
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Colin Rea
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Fort Wayne 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Fort Wayne 1

HR #4
Date: September 15
Opponent: Fort Wayne TinCaps
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Frank Garces
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Fort Wayne 3, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Fort Wayne 3, Wisconsin 2

NOTE:
In the regular season, Ramirez hit 13 of his home runs on the road and just three at home.  In the playoffs, he hit three homers at home.

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)

Mike Walker (2011)

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