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Tater Tuesday: Ron Garth (2006-2008)

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.

Ron Garth was a Timber Rattlers infielder during the 2006, 2007, and 2008 seasons. He led the team in homers with ten in 2006. He hit eight homers in 2007 and tied for second on the team despite playing in just 48 games. He also hit a home run in five consecutive games that season. Garth played in 88 games during the 2008 season, but hit just four homers that season. Garth hit a total of 22 home runs in his career with the Timber Rattlers.

Here is a look at the home runs of Ron Garth as a Wisconsin Timber Rattler. I will admit that I used the phrase “Party on, Garth!” a time or two when he hit home runs.

Ron Garth's 2008 Timber Rattlers card.

Ron Garth’s 2008 Timber Rattlers card.

2006
HR #1
DATE: April 11
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Kyle Waldrop
INNING: 1st
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Tied 0-0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 1-0
NOTE: This was a home run to lead off the game.

HR #2
DATE: May 1 (Game one)
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Erik Averill
INNING: 3rd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Whitecaps lead 7-1
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Whitecaps lead 7-2
NOTE: This was game number 24 of the season for the Timber Rattlers. The nine players in Wisconsin’s starting lineup for this game had four home runs before Garth’s homer.

HR #3
DATE: May 7
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Rafael Cruz
INNING: 8th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Cedar Rapids 6, Wisconsin 3
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Cedar Rapids 6, Wisconsin 4
NOTE: A home run to start the inning. Garth had singled, doubled, and been hit by a pitch in his three plate appearances before the homer. He struck out in the ninth to miss the cycle.

HR #4
DATE: May 21
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Eliezer Garcia
INNING: 11th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Tied 3-3
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers 4, Burlington 3
NOTE: Garth came on to pinch hit for Eddy Hernandez to lead off the bottom of the eleventh. This is the last pinch-hit, walkoff home run by a Timber Rattler. This was also Garth’s final home run of the first half.

The Rattlers wore pink jerseys that day.  That's Garth heading for home.

The Rattlers wore pink jerseys that day. That’s Garth heading for home.

HR #5
DATE: July 25
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Don Julio
INNING: 8th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: South Bend 6, Wisconsin 5
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Tied 6-6
NOTE: Another leadoff homer. Garth would be up in the bottom of the tenth with the winning run on first. He was 4-for-4 in his first four plate appearances. An error moved that runner to second and Garth was intentionally walked.

HR #6
DATE: August 2
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Wade LeBlanc
INNING: 3rd
OUTS: 0 outs
SCORE BEFORE HR: Fort Wayne 5, Wisconsin 1
TYPE: 2-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Fort Wayne 5, Wisconsin 3
NOTE: Fort Wayne scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning and went on to a 14-3 win over the Rattlers.

HR #7
DATE: August 5
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Armando Gabino
INNING: 8th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Beloit 14, Wisconsin 3
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Beloit 14, Wisconsin 4
NOTE: I have nothing to add to this game.

HR #8
DATE: August 11 (Game 1)
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Anthony Ortega
INNING: 1st
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 0, Cedar Rapids 0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 1, Cedar Rapids 0
NOTE: Garth was hitting in the number three spot in the order at this time of the season.

HR #9
DATE: August 12
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Tommy Mendoza
INNING: 1st
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 0, Cedar Rapids 0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 1, Cedar Rapids 0
NOTE: Cedar Rapids scored four runs in the bottom of the first. Dallas Morris and Mark Trumbo hit back-to-back homers with two outs.

HR #10
DATE: August 17
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Mitch Atkins
INNING: 1st
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 0, Peoria 0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 1, Peoria 0
NOTE: This was his final homer of the 2006 season. He ended the year with 48 RBI. It just seemed like there was never anyone on base when he was at the plate.

2007
HR #11
DATE: August 2
OPPONENT: Dayton Dragons
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Jamie Arneson
INNING: 4th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 0, Dayton 0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 1, Dayton 0
NOTE: Garth did not start the 2007 season with the Timber Rattlers. His first game with the team this season was July 12.

HR #12
DATE: August 3
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Drew Miller
INNING: 6th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Fort Wayne 6, Wisconsin 5
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 6, Fort Wayne 6
NOTE: A leadoff homer for Garth

HR #13
DATE: August 5
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Stevie Delabar
INNING: 2nd
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 5, Fort Wayne 1
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 6, Fort Wayne 1
NOTE: Garth went 4-for-5 and was hit by pitches twice in this game, a game the Timber Rattlers won 19-10. This was also game number one of the home streak for Garth

HR #14
DATE: August 6
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Derek McDaid
INNING: 7th
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 5, Fort Wayne 3
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 6, Fort Wayne 3
NOTE: This was game number two in Garth’s home run streak.

HR #15
DATE: August 7
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Brian Kirwan
INNING: 3rd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 3, Beloit 1
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 4, Beloit 1
NOTE: This is game number three in Garth’s home run streak

HR #16
DATE: August 8
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Matthew Fox
INNING: 1st
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 0, Beloit 0
TYPE: 2-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 2, Beloit 0
NOTE: Kuo Hui Lo walked to start the bottom of the first. Also, Garth extended his home run streak to four games.

HR #17
DATE: August 9
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Cole Devries
INNING: 1st
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Beloit 2, Wisconsin 0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Beloit 2, Wisconsin 1
NOTE: This extended his home run streak to five games. This was also Garth’s seventh home run in eight games. That’s amazing.

HR #18
DATE: September 2 (Game 1)
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Travis Barnwart
INNING: 3rd
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 1, Kane County 0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 0
NOTE: Garth drove in 23 runs during his 48 games with the Timber Rattlers in 2007

2008
HR #19
DATE: June 13 (Game 1)
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Adalberto Flores
INNING: 8th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 4, Clinton 4
TYPE: 3-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 7, Clinton 4
NOTE: Garth’s first home run of the 2008 season came in game #63. Since this game was scheduled for just seven runs, this was also an extra inning homer.

HR #20
DATE: June 14 (Game Two)
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Ryan Tatusko
INNING: 5th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 4, Clinton 0
TYPE: 3-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 7, Clinton 0
NOTE: This was the night game of a Day-Night doubleheader at Clinton

HR #21
DATE: June 28
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Juan Abreu
INNING: 8th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Burlington 5, Wisconsin 1
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Burlington 5, Wisconsin 2
NOTE: Another solo home run for Garth.

HR #22
DATE: July 6
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Loek Van Mil
INNING: 9th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Beloit 11, Wisconsin 9
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Beloit 11, Wisconsin 10
NOTES: Joe Dunigan followed with a solo homer and the Rattlers tied the game 11-11. But, Beloit would win the game 12-11 in eleven innings. This was the final home run of Ron Garth’s Timber Rattlers career.

Garth made his final start as a Timber Rattler on August 8 and went 1-for-4. He missed games on August 9 and August 10 before appearing as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the ninth inning on August 11. That was his last appearance as a Timber Rattler. Garth was with the High Desert Mavericks in 2009, but appeared in just 15 games. Garth hit a pair of homers in High Desert. He was released by the Mariners at the end of the 2009 season.

Tater Totals:
Solo: 18
2-run: 2
3-run: 2

We salute you, Ron Garth!

We salute you, Ron Garth!

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Khris Davis – 2010

Tater Tuesday: Khris Davis (2010)

I’m changing up the formatting on Tater Tuesday.  Just to make it a little easier to read – and probably to write.

So, with that…. Each Tuesday this off-season we will look at home runs or – as the Great George Scott called them – taters.

This week, every home run by Khris Davis from 2010 when he set the Timber Rattlers record for taters in a single season.

This happened 22 times in 2010.

This happened 22 times in 2010.

HR #1
DATE:  April 22

OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: David Carpenter
INNING: Bottom of the 8th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers lead 10-6
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 11-6
NOTE: His first home run of the season came in game #15 of the year.

HR #2
DATE: May 3

OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER:  Kane Holbrooks
INNING: Top of the 9th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Beloit led 7-5
TYPE: Two-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Tied 7-7
NOTE: The Rattlers tied the game on the homer and took the lead later in the ninth.  But, Beloit scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and won the game 9-8 on a homer by Wang Wei-Lin in the tenth.

HR #3
DATE: May 5
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
OPPOSING PITCHER: Eric Fornataro
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 2nd
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers lead 4-1
TYPE: Two-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 6-1
NOTE: This was in the second game of a doubleheader and the Rattlers would eventually go up 8-1…But, they lost 10-9…despite David going 4-for-4 with a homer, two doubles, and a single.

HR #4
DATE: May 24
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
OPPOSING PITCHER: Michael Lehman
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 5th
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers led 3-2

TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 4-2
NOTE: Cameron Garfield and D’Vontrey Richardson also hit solo home runs in this game

HR #5
DATE: May 29
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
OPPOSING PITCHER: Tyler Kehrer
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING: Top of the 6th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers trail 4-2
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers trail 4-3
NOTE: A home run to lead off the inning

HR #6
DATE:  June 2
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne TinCaps
OPPOSING PITCHER: Jerry Sullivan
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING: Top of the 1st inning
OUTS: 2 outs
SCORE BEFORE HR: 0-0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 1-0
NOTE: This ball traveled approximately 7,000 feet.

Parkview Field

Parkview Field

The homer by Davis on June 2 cleared that trellis beyond the black canvas.

The homer by Davis on June 2 cleared that trellis beyond the black canvas.

HR #7
DATE: June 9
OPPONENT:  Bowling Green Hot Rods
OPPOSING PITCHER: Alex Colome
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 2nd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: 0-0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 1-0
NOTE: This was in game two of the doubleheader

HR #8
DATE: June 10
OPPONENT: Bowling Green Hot Rods
OPPOSING PITCHER: Deivis Mavarez
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 8th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Tied 6-6
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 7-6
NOTE: A leadoff home run to give the Rattlers a lead off a guy who has a delivery that looks like this.

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Unfortunately, Bowling Green scored a run with two outs in the top of the ninth and a run in the top of the tenth to beat Wisconsin 8-7.

This was his eighth home run of the season.  This was also his final home run of the first half.  Just under two weeks later, Davis would win the Midwest League Home Run Derby at Fort Wayne.

DavisHRDerby

I think that gave him some confidence heading into the second half….

HR #9
DATE: June 25
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
OPPOSING PITCHER: Tyler Sample
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 2nd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Scoreless
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 1-0
NOTE: This was his first at bat of the second half.

HR #10
DATE: June 26
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
OPPOSING PITCHER: Scott Kelley
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 7th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers lead 10-0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 11-0
NOTE: The Rattlers held on for an 11-7 win.

HR #11
DATE: June 28
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
OPPOSING PITCHER: Michael Blazek
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 7th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Tied 5-5
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 6-5
NOTE: That would be a home run off future Brewers teammate Michael Blazek.  However, the Bandits tied the game in the eighth and won the game 7-6 in 14 innings.

HR #12
DATE: July 3
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
OPPOSING PITCHER: Rodolfo Encarnacion
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING: 8th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Bees lead 5-4
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Tied 5-5
NOTE: The Rattlers hit four home runs in this game, but lost 7-6 in 14 innings at Burlington.

HR #13
DATE: July 8
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
OPPOSING PITCHER: Michael Tonkin
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING: Top of the 3rd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers lead 4-0
TYPE: 2-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 6-0
NOTE: Davis went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and five RBI in this game, a 13-5 win.

HR #14
DATE: July 11
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
OPPOSING PITCHER: Sam Runion
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 6th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers lead 2-0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 3-0
NOTE: Another home run to lead off an inning

HR #15
DATE: July 11
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
OPPOSING PITCHER: Scott Kelley
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 8th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers lead 3-1
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 4-1
NOTE: Burlington had scored a run in the top of the eighth to get close.  Davis answered with a homer for his first multi-tater game of the season.

HR #16
DATE: July 12
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
OPPOSING PITCHER: Keaton Hayenga
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 5th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Bees lead 9-5
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Bees lead 9-6
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers came back for a 15-12 win in this game.  Davis went 4-for-4 with a homer, a double, a pair of singles, a walk, two RBI, and FIVE RUNS SCORED.

HR #17
DATE: August 9
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
OPPOSING PITCHER: Nick Czyz
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING: Top of the 2nd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Tied 0-0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 1-0
NOTE:   Home run #16 happened in game #86 of the season.  Homer #17 came in game #111.

HR #18
DATE: August 10
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
OPPOSING PITCHER: Erasmo Ramirez
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING: Top of the 2nd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Tied 0-0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 1-0
NOTE: This leadoff homer marks the fourth time Davis his home runs in consecutive games.

HR #19
DATE: August 12
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
OPPOSING PITCHER:  Dan Calhoun
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING:  Top of the 7th
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Timber Rattlers lead 6-3
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Timber Rattlers lead 7-3.
NOTE: Big insurance run here for Davis in the top of the eighth.  The River Bandits scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to pull to within 7-6.  Wisconsin held on for the 7-6 lead.

HR #20
DATE: August 29
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
OPPOSING PITCHER: Chris Mederos
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 2nd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Timber Rattlers trail 1-0
TYPE: 2-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 2-1
NOTE: The game was tied 10-10 in the bottom of the eleventh inning.  Davis smacked a single to drive in Kentrail Davis with the game winning run.

HR #21
DATE: August 31
OPPONENT:  Kane County Cougars
OPPOSING PITCHER: Kenny Smalley
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 5th
OUTS: 0 outs
SCORE BEFORE HR: Timber Rattlers lead 6-4
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Timber Rattlers lead 7-4
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers went on to a 16-4 win.  This home run tied Matt Hagen and Juan Silvestre for the single season franchise record in homers.

DATE: September 5
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
OPPOSING PITCHER:  Aaron Larsen
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING: Top of the 3rd inning
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers trail 2-1
TYPE: Two-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 3-2
NOTE: And this home run, on the second to last day of the 2010 season was the record breaker.

Homer #22

High Fives!

High Fives!

WRAP-UP:

Here’s the slashline with walks and strikeouts for Davis in the first half of the season, the half he hit eight homers:
.292/.389/.483; Walks: 32; Strikeouts: 62

Here’s the slashline with walks and strikeouts for Davis in the second half of the season, the half he hit 14 homers:
.267/.406/.516; Walks 45; Strikeouts: 58

Make of that what you will.

Khris Davis - 22 Homer Runs in 2010.

Khris Davis – 22 Home Runs in 2010.

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Tater Tuesday: Matt Hagen – 2003

Welcome to Tater Tuesday on Rattler Radio. Each Tuesday this off-season we will look at home runs or – as the Great George Scott called them – taters.

Matt Hagen hit 21 home runs in 2003 to tie the franchise record for taters in a single season.

Matt Hagen hit 21 home runs in 2003 to tie the franchise record for taters in a single season.

Matt Hagen was the first Timber Rattlers player to really make a run at breaking Juan Silvestre’s single season home run record.  Silvestre set the record with 21 homers in 1999.  Hagen, a 12th round pick out of Liberty in the 2002 draft, had hit seven homers in 63 games at Everett in his professional debut.  There was some thought that he could hit some home run in 2003.  He hit 18 homers in his final season of college and that was good enough to lead the Big South Conference.

Let’s take a look at Hagen’s record-tying season of taters.

#1 April 9 (Game two) vs. Clinton:  Bottom of the fourth inning.  A solo home run with two outs brought the Rattlers to within 3-2.  Hagen had doubled in the second inning to give the Rattlers a 1-0 lead, but the LumberKings scored three times off TA Fulmer in the top of the fourth to take a lead.  This was Opening Day for the 2003 Timber Rattlers.   It was originally supposed to be game #7 of the season.  Yep. The first six games of the season were postponed or cancelled due to snow and cold.

#2 April 14 at Burlington:  Top of the eighth inning off Kahi Kaanoi.  A three-run home run with one out broke a 1-1 tie.  Hagen had also driven in the first Wisconsin run of the game with an RBI grounder in the fourth inning.  He would drive in all four runs of the 4-2 win over the Bees.

#3 May 5 at Lansing: Top of the second inning off Jae Kuk Ryu.  A three-run home run with one out tied the game 3-3.  But, the Rattlers would lose 10-6.

#4 May 9 vs. Battle Creek: Bottom of the second inning off Jose Garcia.  A solo homer with one out made it 4-0 Wisconsin.  This home run was the second of the inning for the Timber Rattlers.  Rene Rivera had homered earlier in the frame.  The Rattlers went on to an 11-2 win over the Yankees.

#5 May 10 vs. Battle Creek:   Bottom of the seventh inning off Thad Makray.  A three-run home run with two out put Wisconsin up 6-1.  There were two outs and none on in the seventh with the Rattlers holding a 3-1 lead.  Rivera was hit by a pitch.  Makray committed a balk and Carlos Arroyo singled for runners on the corners.  Hagen went deep and the Rattlers picked up a 6-2 win behind a complete game by Fulmer…and a Hagen’s second homer in as many games.

#6 May 12 (Game two) vs. Battle Creek:  Bottom of the fourth inning off Jose Valdez.  A solo homer with one out got the Rattlers to within 4-2.  One thing that you will notice about Hagen’s season is his tendency to hit home runs in bunches.  The game on May 11 was rained out and he didn’t homer in game one on May 12.  This tater was his third in four games against the Yankees.

#7 May 26 at Fort Wayne:  Top of the seventh inning off David Pauley.  A leadoff home run cut into Fort Wayne’s lead and made the score 7-3.  The Rattlers would come all the way back to tie the game on a Gary Harris grand slam later in the seventh.  But, the Wizards – yes, they were still the Wizards – got a run in the seventh and two runs in the eighth to beat the Rattlers 10-7.

#8 May 30 vs. West Michigan: Bottom of the third inning off Ross Koenig.  A grand slam with no outs gave Wisconsin a 9-0 lead.  Koenig came into the game in a tough spot.  The bases were loaded and there were no outs.  A run was already in after starting pitcher Matt Pender had walked Blake Bone with the bases loaded to force in a run and be pulled from the game.  Hagen crushed a 1-1 pitch from Koenig for the bases loaded homer and the Rattlers were on the way to a 12-2 win.  Side note: Bobby Livingston was the starting pitcher in this game and his record went to 9-1.

#9 June 6 vs. Fort Wayne: Bottom of the sixth inning off Brian Whitaker.  A leadoff home run tied the game 1-1.  This game didn’t start until 7:44 due to rain.  It was a scoreless game until Fort Wayne had scored an unearned run in the rain in the top of the sixth.  Whitaker had allowed one hit, but had faced the minimum through the first five innings.  The rain was pouring down harder as Hagen stepped in and lined the first pitch of the sixth inning out of the park to tie the game.  The tarp went on the field after Whitaker retired the next three batters on four pitches.  The game was called after about thirty minutes of steady rain.  Since this was the last meeting of the half between the Rattlers and the Wizards, this game ended in a tie; the only tie in Timber Rattlers history.

#10 June 7 at South Bend: Top of the fourth off Ryan Coffin.  A two-run home run with two outs tied the game 3-3.  The weird thing about this at bat was Bone, who had walked to keep the inning alive, was on first with two outs and moved to second and third on two wild pitches with Hagen at the plate.  Coffin grooved a 3-2 pitch to Hagen and the homer tied the game on the way to a 12-4 Rattlers win.

#11 June 15 at Kane County: Top of the fifth off Bill Murphy.  A two-run home run with one out.  Wisconsin trailed 3-0 before this home run.  Both the Timber Rattlers and the Cougars had already clinched a playoff spot in the first half.  They entered the final day of the first half tied.  The winner would be the first half champion of the Western Division and drop the other team into the Wild Card spot.  The Rattlers would tie the game later in the fifth on an RBI double by Michael Garciaparra.  But, an error led to a three-run bottom of the fifth for the Cougars.  Kane County would win the game 7-3.  There’s something else about this home run that I will touch on at the end of the column.  See if you can figure out that thing is before I tell you.

#12 June 19 vs. Burlington:  Bottom of the seventh off Colt Griffin.  A two-run home run with no outs tied the game 2-2.  Colt Griffin’s story is an interesting one.  This Baseball America story from 2001 is the start. The end…well, just use Google.  In this game, the Rattlers would lose 3-2 in ten innings in the second half opener.  Donnie Murphy drew a lead-off walk in the tenth and scored the go-ahead run.

#13 June 20 vs. Burlington: Bottom of the fourth inning off Kieran Mattison.  A solo homer with two outs.  This made the score 6-1.  The Bees had scored six runs in the top of the first inning.  Wisconsin lost 9-2.

#14 July 6 vs. Clinton: Bottom of the sixth off Omar Beltre.  A two-run home run with two outs.  The Rattlers trailed 6-1 before this homer.  Wisconsin would lose 7-5.

#15 July 8 vs. Dayton: Bottom of the seventh off Joel Barretto.  A solo home run with two outs.  This got the Rattlers to within 6-4.  Unfortunately, that would be the final score as the Rattlers lost to the Dragons at home despite outhitting Dayton 12-7

#16 July 9 vs. Dayton: Bottom of the first inning off Justin Gillman.  A two-run home run with two outs put the Rattlers up 2-0 on the way to a 9-0 win over the Dragons at home.    This makes three home runs in four games for Hagen.

#17 July 23 vs. Peoria: Bottom of the eighth inning off Rich Scalamandre.  A solo homer with one out tied the game 3-3.  This homer may have tied the game, but just like the game against Burlington on June 19, the opponents won the game in extra innings.  Peoria score a run in the tenth for a 4-3 win.

#18 July 24 vs. Peoria: Bottom of the ninth inning off Andy Cavazos.  A leadoff homer tied the game 5-5.  But, history repeated itself again.  The Chiefs scored a run in the top of the tenth and held on for a 6-5 win.

#19 August 2 vs. Quad Cities: Bottom of the sixth inning off Tristan Crawford.  A solo homer with one out pushed Wisconsin’s lead to 11-5.

#20 August 4 (Game one) vs. Quad Cities:  Bottom of the second inning off Josh Gray.  A solo homer with one out put the Rattlers up 1-0.  The Rattlers would win the game 4-2.  The game on August 3 was rained out.  This makes another case of homers in consecutive games for Hagen.

#21 August 9 vs. Beloit:  Bottom of the fifth inning off Jon Huizinga.  A solo homer with one out made the score 7-1 in favor of the Timber Rattlers, who went on to win the game 11-3.  This homer tied Silvestre’s record and it came in game number 115 of the season.  Hagen did not homer again.  The season ended on September 1 with game number 139.  His average dropped from .232 to .220 over the final three weeks of the season.  Hagen drove in five runs over the final 24 games of the season.

Hagen’s Tater Breakdown:
Solo:
12

2-Run: 5
3-Run: 3
Grand Slam: 1

NOTES:
If you noticed that Hagen’s home run on June 15 at Kane County was his final road home run of the season, pat yourself on the back.  Hagen hit 16 home runs at home and five on the road with no road homers in the second half.

I remember Hagen hit a ball at home – for some reason the date August 22 against Burlington sticks in my head – that hit high off the wall in left.  Maybe two feet higher and he would have set the home run record at that time.

As mentioned above, the season ended on September 1.  Hagen was not in the lineup at Kane County that day.  I was a bit surprised by that, but – if I am remembering right – there was a reason for it.  I am recalling Hagen fouling a ball off his knee that knocked him out of a game and caused him to miss a few games down the stretch.

Hagen would make it as high as Inland Empire in 2004 and 2005 before the Mariners let him go and he wrapped up the 2005 season with New Jersey in the Canadian-American Association.  The San Diego Padres signed Hagen for 2006 and he played for both Lake Elsinore and Mobile in the Padres organization.

From there it was on to the independent ranks:  Rockford in the Frontier League in 2007, Somerset (playing for former Fox Cities Foxes pitcher Sparky Lyle) from 2008 through 2011, and Sugar Land in 2012.

Hagen has acted as a Student Assistant Coach at Liberty and is currently on the coaching staff at Four Points Baseball in Austin, Texas.

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004
George Scott – 1975

Tater Tuesday – George Scott, 1975

Welcome to a new feature on the blog.  I’m calling it Tater Tuesday.  Tater for George Scott’s nickname for home runs and Tuesday for…well, you know.

The genesis of this idea is from this post: The Midwest League Home Runs of Wladimir Balentien.  I posted it just before Balentien broke the single season home run record in Japan.  It seemed like a fun post at the time.  Then, I got to thinking about how to turn this into a regular feature.  After about five seconds it just popped into my head.

In the future, I’ll be taking a look at the home runs of Timber Rattlers players: When they hit them, off whom they hit them, where they hit them, and in what situations they hit them.

To kick off the inaugural feature – and as a tribute to the man who gave us Tater – here is every home run the late George Scott during his 1975 season with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Boomer! Photo Credit: Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Boomer! Photo Credit: Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

#1 April 19 @ Cleveland: Top of the ninth inning off Jim Perry. This solo home run with one out put the Brewers up 2-0, a game they would win 3-0 behind a 2-hit shutout by Bill Champion.

#2 April 30 v. Detroit: Bottom of the eighth inning off Dave Lemanczyk. A two-run homer with one out gave the Brewers their final runs in a 6-2 victory.

#3 May 6 @ Detroit: Top of the first inning off Joe Coleman. A two-run home run with one out put Milwaukee up 2-0, but the Brewers would lose 4-2.

#4 May 8 @ Detroit: Top of the fourth inning off Vern Ruhle. A solo home run with two outs made it 1-0 Milwaukee, but the Tigers rallied for a 6-4 win.

#5 May 28 vs. Chicago (AL): Top of the sixth inning off Stan Bahnsen. A two-run home run pulled the Brewers to within 9-2…on the way to a 9-3 loss.

#6 May 31 vs. Kansas City: Bottom of the third inning off Dennis Leonard. A two-run home run with two outs. Darrell Porter had homered to lead off the inning. Scott’s homer put Milwaukee in front 4-2, but the Royals went on to a 7-5 victory.

#7 June 2 @ Oakland: Top of the sixth inning off Vida Blue. A two-run home run with two outs tied the game 3-3. The Brewers got a run in the eighth on an RBI single by Robin Yount. Milwaukee would win 6-3.

#8 June 3 @ Oakland: Top of the first inning off Jim Perry. A two-out solo homer gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Brewers would win the game 5-4 after falling behind 4-1.   Reggie Jackson also homered in this game for the Athletics.

He did not homer on this swing.

He did not homer on this swing.

#9 June 12 vs. Oakland: Bottom of the seventh off Jim Todd. A two-run home run with no outs gave the Brewers a 7-3 lead. Scott was the first Brewers Todd faced. He had taken over on the mound after Vida Blue gave up a leadoff single to Johnny Briggs to start the seventh at County Stadium. Brewers would hold on for a 9-7 win.

#10 June 13 vs. California: Bottom of the fourth off Dave Sells. A two-run home run with two outs scores Robin Yount and caps a four run frame to give the Brewers a 9-2 lead on the way to a 10-2 win.

#11 June 24 vs. Detroit (Game 2): Bottom of the sixth off Lerrin LaGrow. A one out solo home run tied the game 1-1. The Brewers won 4-2.

#12 June 25 vs. Detroit: Bottom of the fifth off Ike Brookens. A solo shot to start the fifth to give the Brewers a 5-3 lead.

#13 June 25 vs. Detroit: Bottom of the seventh off Ike Brookens. A solo shot to start the seventh to five the Brewers a 7-5 lead. Brewers won 7-6 in Boomer’s first multi homer game of the season and his sixth tater against the Tigers.

#14 July 2 vs. Boston (Game 1): Bottom of the ninth off Rick Wise. A two-run homer with two outs pulled the Brewers to within 6-2. Bobby Darwin followed with a homer to make it 6-3. But, Wise finished off the complete game win for the Red Sox.

#15 July 6 @ Detroit (Game 2): Top of the first off Lerrin LaGrow. A two-out solo home run – his seventh home run off the Tigers in 1975 – put the Brewers up 1-0. The Tigers won 11-2 behind three homers off Pete Broberg in the second inning. Future Brewers outfielder Ben Oglivie would hit a two-run home run in that inning.

#16 July 8 @ Kansas City: Top of the seventh off Dennis Leonard. This leadoff home run was the only run of the game for the Brewers. At the time, it made the score 8-1. The Royals won 9-1.

#17 July 19 @ Chicago (AL): Top of the fourth inning off Jesse Jefferson. This was another home run to lead off an inning for Scott. The homer got the Brewers on the scoreboard. But four unearned runs by the White Sox in the bottom of the second inning had Milwaukee in a 4-0 hole before Scott’s homer. Bonus Foxes tie-in: Goose Gossage pitched the final 3-1/3 innings without allowing a hit to pick up the save.

#18 July 20 @ Chicago (AL) (Game two): Top of the ninth inning off Bill Gogolewski. Here’s another home run to lead off an inning. The White Sox had a 10-4 lead before this homer.

#19 July 22 vs. Kansas City (Game two): Bottom of the first inning off Al Fitzmorris. A two-run homer with one out put the Brewers up 2-0. Don Money, who would homer later in the game, had reached on an error just before this tater.

#20 July 24 vs. Baltimore: Bottom of the fifth inning off Wayne Garland. A one-out solo home run gave the Brewers a 4-2 lead. Milwaukee hit four other homers in this game – two for Don Money, one for Hank Aaron, and one for Gorman Thomas – but lost 10-7 to the Orioles.

#21 July 27 vs. Baltimore (Game two): Bottom of the eighth inning off Dyar Miller. A two-run home run with no outs drove in Charlie Moore and gave the Brewers a 6-0 lead. The Orioles scored SIX runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game. Baltimore would score five runs in the top of the tenth and beat the Crew 11-6. Really.

#22 August 5 vs. New York (AL): Bottom of the fifth inning off Catfish Hunter. Scott’s two-out, two-run home run gave the Brewers a 3-1 lead. However, Chris Chambliss homered in the seventh and Bobby Bonds singled in a run to tie the game. Then, Bonds would hit a solo homer off Tom Murphy in the top of the ninth and the Yankees won 4-3.

#23 August 6 vs. Boston: Bottom of the fourth inning off Jim Burton. The solo homer with one out by Boomer made the score 1-0. The Brewers took a 2-0 lead into the eighth. But, Boston scored a run in the eighth and four in the ninth to beat Milwaukee 5-2.

#24 August 10 vs. Texas: Bottom of the sixth inning off Jim Umbarger. There were two outs and none on base when Scott hit this home run to put the Brewers up 7-4, the final score of the game. August 10, 1975 was a pretty good night for Boomer. He went 4-for-4 with three RBI.

#25 August 11 @ Minnesota: Top of the third inning off Bill Butler. This leadoff home run by Scott was followed by a Hank Aaron home run. The back-to-back blasts put the Brewers up 6-3. Scott also tripled in the game, but the Brewers lost 8-7 at Minnesota.

#26 August 15 @ Oakland: Top of the third inning off Vida Blue. George Scott doubled Milwaukee’s lead from 2-0 to 4-0 with a one out, two-run homer.

#27 August 15 @ Oakland: Top of the seventh inning off Jim Todd. Another two-run homer for a multi-homer game for Scott. This one with no outs after Bill Sharp reached on an error by Todd. The Brewers took an 8-3 lead there and went on to win 8-4 when Jim Colborn retired Phil Garner to end the game for a complete game.

#28 September 7 vs. Boston (Game two): Bottom of the fifth inning off Dick Pole. Milwaukee was down 2-1 with one out. Scott hit a three-run dinger and the Brewers were up 4-2.

#29 September 13 @ Boston (Game one): Top of the fourth inning off Rick Wise. Oh, look, another homer to lead off an inning for Scott. This leadoff home run tied the game 2-2 and jump-started a big six run inning for the Brewers. Milwaukee won 9-6.

#30 September 15 @ Boston: Top of the eighth inning off Dick Pole. A leadoff homer for Scott got the Brewers to within 9-5 and got him to home run #30 on the season. Reggie Jackson, who is leading the AL in homers, has been stuck on 31 home runs since September 6.

#31 September 20 @ Baltimore: Top of the eighth inning off Jim Palmer. A leadoff home run got the Brewers to within 4-2. Milwaukee tied the game 4-4 with two runs in the top of the ninth – with Scott driving in Darrell Porter with two out. But, the Orioles won with a two-out RBI double by Paul Blair in the bottom of the ninth. Reggie had hit his 32nd home run on September 16.

#32 September 22 @ Cleveland: Top of the sixth inning off Jim Bibby. Scott hits a leadoff home run in to tie the game 2-2.

#33 September 22 @ Cleveland: Top of the ninth inning off Tom Buskey. This was a two-out solo home run to give the Brewers a 6-5 lead. Unfortunately, Oscar Gamble drove in two runs with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and Cleveland won 7-6. Scott took over the AL lead in home runs from Jackson who was still at 32.

#34 September 24 @ Cleveland: Top of the second inning off Fritz Peterson. A three-run home run with one out made it 5-0 and knocked Peterson out of the game. The Brewers won the game 10-3. However, Reggie Jackson hit a pair of home runs in his game against the White Sox to even the home run race at 34-34.

#35 September 26 vs. Detroit: Bottom of the third inning off Ray Bare. This two-out solo home run made it 1-0 Milwaukee.

#36 September 26 vs. Detroit: Bottom of the seventh inning off Ray Bare. This was a two-out, two-run home run put the Brewers in front 3-0. That would be the final score as Pete Broberg tosses a six-hit shutout of the Tigers.  That’s also homer number NINE off the Tigers in the 1975 season for George Scott.

He would hit five against Boston, his once and future team, and five against Oakland.

Home run #36 would be the final home run of the season for George Scott. He went into the final day of the season holding a 36-34 edge over Mr. October for the home run title. Then, Reggie hit a home run in his first at bat on September 28 and again in the seventh, which happened to be his final at bat of the regular season, to tie Boomer for the home run title of 1975.

AL Home Run Leaders of 1975.

AL Home Run Leaders of 1975.

Tater Breakdown:
Solo: 20
2-Run: 14
3-Run: 2

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