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Walkoff Wednesday by the Numbers & Deeds

It’s been a lot of fun looking back at the walkoff heroics of various Timber Rattlers players through the years.  Yeah, I guess it’s been fun to look back at the opposing team’s wins in that same fashion.  That’s what Walkoff Wednesday has been about.

Now is the time to break things down by team and by walkoff event from 1995-2012. 

Additionally, I will list the walkoff homers both for the Timber Rattlers and against the Timber Rattlers.  

At the bottom of this page there will be a link to every Walkoff Wednesday post of this offseason.

Timber Rattlers Walkoff Victories 1995-2012: 118
Opponent Walkoff Victories 1995-2012: 103

Wisconsin’s 118 Walkoff Events:
Single: 49
Double: 5
Triple: 1 (Michael Marseco – 4/22/09 v. Peoria)
HR: 27 (Includes three walkoff grand slams)
Opposing Team Error: 14
Wild Pitch: 8
Sacrifice Fly: 6
Bases Loaded Walk: 4
Fielder’s Choice: 2
Unknown: 2

Michael Marseco has the only walkoff triple in Timber Rattlers history.

Michael Marseco has the only walkoff triple in Timber Rattlers history.

Eleven of Wisconsin’s 118 Walkoff Victories have happened when the team was trailing heading into the plate appearance that led to the walkoff win.

WALKOFF WINS AGAINST MWL OPPONENT (1995-2012):
Beloit: 17
Bowling Green: 0
Burlington: 10
Cedar Rapids: 7
Clinton: 8
Dayton: 3 
Fort Wayne: 5
Great Lakes: 3
Kane County: 15
Lake County: 0
Lansing: 8
Peoria: 12
Quad Cities: 9
South Bend: 10
West Michigan: 2

FORMER MWL TEAMS:
Rockford: 6
Michigan/Southwest Michigan/Battle Creek: 3

MWL OPPONENT WALKOFF WINS vs. WISCONSIN 1995-2012:
Beloit: 11
Bowling Green: 1
Burlington: 11
Cedar Rapids: 8
Clinton: 8
Dayton: 2
Fort Wayne: 5
Great Lakes: 1
Kane County: 16
Lake County: 2
Lansing: 3
Peoria: 9
Quad Cities: 8
South Bend: 2
West Michigan: 3

FORMER MWL TEAMS:
Rockford: 3
Michigan/Southwest Michigan/Battle Creek: 10

TIMBER RATTLERS WITH MORE THAN TWO CAREER WALKOFF HITS:

Mike Marchiano: 5
Nick Ramirez: 3
Ariel Durango: 3

All Time Leader in Walkoff Hits by a Timber Rattler.  All FIVE happened in 1998.

All Time Leader in Walkoff Hits by a Timber Rattler. All FIVE happened in 1998.

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFF HOMERS (1995-2012):

David Ortiz – June 8, 1996
Mike Burrows – May 11, 1997
Ramon Vazquez – August 30, 1997
Juan Silvestre – June 18, 1998
Mike Marchiano – July 13, 1998
Juan Silvestre – September 11, 1999 (Grand Slam)
Fernando Espino – September 16, 1999
Gorky Estrella – June 25, 2000 (Grand Slam)
Joe Rodriguez – April 13, 2001
John Castellano – May 15, 2001
Ariel Durango – June 12, 2001 (Grand Slam)
Sean Peless – April 16, 2002
TJ Bohn – April 27, 2003
Matt Tuiasosopo – April 13, 2005
Mike Wilson – September 9, 2005
Ron Garth – May 21, 2006
Johan Limonta – August 6, 2006
Curt Ledbetter – August 25, 2006
Andy Hargrove – May 13, 2007
Scott Robinson – May 17, 2008
Gavin Dickey – June 5, 2008
Brock Kjeldgaard – June 10, 2009
Mike Walker – April 17, 2011
Mike Brownstein – August 1, 2011
Greg Hopkins – April 25, 2012
Yadiel Rivera – June 10, 2012
Ben McMahan – July 18, 2012

Silvestre is the only Rattler to have TWO walkoff home runs.

Juan Silvestre is the only Rattler to have TWO walkoff home runs. One of those homers is one of three walkoff grand slams in Rattlers history.

OPPONENT WALKOFF HOMERS (1995-2012):
Demond Smith (Cedar Rapids) – July 10, 1995
Bo Porter (Rockford) – August 2, 1996
Chris Haas (Peoria) – September 3, 1996
Jamie Lopiccolo (Beloit) – August 10, 1997
Greg Clark (Peoria) May 15, 2000
Ryan Gripp (Lansing) – August 11, 2000
Hunter Wyant (Kane County) – April 13, 2002
Eric Lis (Beloit) – April 11, 2006
Eli Tintor  (Beloit) – July 19, 2007
Dusty Coleman (Kane County) – May 21, 2009
Wang Wei Lin (Beloit) – May 3, 2010
Danny Rams (Beloit) – July 9, 2010
Virgil Hill (Quad Cities) – June 17, 2012
Zach Borenstein (Cedar Rapids) – July 6, 2012

Previous Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1999 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2008 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2009 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2010 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2011 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2012 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday – 2012 Season

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

We have reached the 2012 season.  We have covered all eighteen seasons of Timber Rattlers baseball and done as many of the walkoff wins that we could find.

There will be a wrap on the wheres, hows, and how manys next week to put a bow on this feature.  Then, it will be time to add the walkoff heroes for the 2013 season.

Somewhere down the line probably in the offseason, we will get to the Foxes and Papermakers.  But, for now, look back at the 2012 season with eighteen walkoff wins.

Click on the links to see and hear the walkoff wins of the 2013 Timber Rattlers.  All photos were taken by Ann Mollica.

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (11):

Parker Berberet is about to get mobbed.

Parker Berberet is about to get mobbed.

DATE: April 7
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
BATTER: Parker Berberet
PITCHER: Stephen Tromblee
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI Single by Berberet
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Wisconsin 7, Cedar Rapids 6
NOTE: The Kernels took a 6-3 lead by scoring three runs in the top of the ninth. The Rattlers rallied with four runs in the bottom of the ninth.  Chadwin Stang doubled in the first run.  Ben McMahan singled to drive in the next two.  Then, Berberet knocked in the game winner.  This was the first win of the season for the Rattlers.

Dishon delivers

Dishon delivers

DATE: April 14
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: John Dishon
PITCHER: Kyler Burke
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: 2-out RBI double by Dishon.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 4, Peoria 3
NOTE: There were two out and none on in the bottom of the ninth.  Then, Yadiel Rivera singled.  Dishon followed with his double for the game winner.

DATE: April 25
OPPONENT: Dayton Dragons
BATTER: Greg Hopkins 
PITCHER: Jimmy Moran
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of then 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Greg Hopkins solo home run!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Wisconsin 4, Dayton 3
NOTE: Walkoff homer!

Lookout, Nick Ramirez!

Lookout, Nick Ramirez!

DATE: May 16
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Nick Ramirez
PITCHER: Jeff Urlaub
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Nick Ramirez
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Wisconsin 5, Burlington 4 (10)
NOTE: Burlington tied the game 4-4 with three runs in the top of the eighth inning.

Walla scores the winning run!

Walla scores the winning run!

DATE: May 20
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Nick Ramirez
PITCHER: Robinson Yambati
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Kane County 6, Wisconsin 5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: 2-out, 2-run single by Nick Ramirez
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 6
NOTE: The Rattlers had a runner at first with two outs.  Yambati walked the next two batters to load the bases.  Ramirez knocked in two for the win!

I will NEVER get sick of this picture.

I will NEVER get sick of this picture.

DATE: June 10
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Yadiel Rivera
PITCHER: Clint Dempster
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: 3-run homer by Yadiel Rivera!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 5, Beloit 2 (10)
NOTE: Wisconsin had runners at first and second with no outs.  Rivera could not get the sacrifice bunt down in two opportunities.  Then, he smacked the game winning homer.

That's Drew Gagnon celebrating with Yadiel Rivera.

That’s Drew Gagnon celebrating with Yadiel Rivera.

DATE: June 11
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Yadiel Rivera
PITCHER: Corey Williams
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY:  RBI single by Rivera.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 8, Beloit 7
NOTE: Two days in a row with walkoff wins for Rivera.

DATE: June 29
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Rafael Neda
PITCHER: Luis Liria
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Rafael Neda with an RBI single with the bases loaded.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 8, Peoria 7 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers trailed 6-1 after Peoria scored six times in the top of the third.  The Rattlers tied the game with five runs in the fourth.

Mac leaps into home plate.

Mac leaps into home plate.

DATE: July 18
OPPONENT: Great Lakes Loons
BATTER: Ben McMahan
PITCHER: Matt Shelton
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Ben McMahan with a solo homer!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 5, Great Lakes 4 (10)
NOTE: Third walkoff homer of the season!

Yep. He KNOWS that's a game winner!

Yep. He KNOWS that’s a game winner!


DATE: August 11

OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Nick Ramirez
PITCHER: Stephen Shackleford
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 8-8 in the bottom of the 13th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Ramirez
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Wisconsin 9, Clinton 8 (13)
NOTE: Third walkoff hit of the season for Ramirez.  Also…The jerseys….it was Jimmy Buffett Night.

I can't decide if the look on Cameron Garfield's face or Rafael Neda's fist pump is my favorite part of this photo.

I can’t decide if the look on Cameron Garfield’s face or Rafael Neda’s fist pump is my favorite part of this photo.

DATE:  September 12
OPPONENT:  Fort Wayne TinCaps
BATTER: Nick Ramirez
PITCHER: Luis De La Cruz
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Ties 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Rafael Neda scores from third on a wild pitch!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 3, Fort Wayne 2 (10)
NOTE: This was Game One of the MWL Championship Series!

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (9):

DATE: April 22
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
STADIUM: Coveleski Regional Stadium
BATTER: Ender Inciarte
PITCHER: Seth Lintz
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI double by Inciarte.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: South Bend 2, Timber Rattlers 1 (10)
NOTE: South Bend tied the game with a run in the bottom of the ninth.

DATE: May 25
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
STADIUM: Modern Woodmen Park
BATTER: Roberto Reyes
PITCHER: Mark Williams
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Reyes bunts with runners on first and second with no outs.  Williams throws wildly to first to allow winning run to score.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Quad Cities 5, Timber Rattlers 4
NOTE:  First walkoff loss in QC during 2012

DATE: May 29
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: Peoria Chiefs Stadium
BATTER:  Oliver Zapata
PITCHER: Tyler Cravy
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 14th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Zapata singled in the game winning run.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Peoria 4, Timber Rattlers 3 (14)
NOTE: Pin-Chieh Chen barely knocked the ball out of the catcher’s glove to end the marathon and help the Chiefs avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Rattlers.

DATE: June 15
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
STADIUM: Modern Woodmen Park
BATTER: Roberto De La Cruz
PITCHER: Mark Williams
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Throwing error on Brandon Macias after a sacrifice bunt attempt by De La Cruz allowed Virgil Hill to score all the way from first base.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Quad Cities 3, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: This was the second walkoff loss at Quad Cities.

DATE: June 17
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
STADIUM: Modern Woodmen Park
BATTER: Virgil Hill
PITCHER: Chad Pierce
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: 2-run homer by Virgil Hill.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Quad Cities 4, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: This was the last game of the first half.  This was the third walkoff loss at Quad Cities.

DATE: July 6
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Perfect Game Field
BATTER: Zach Borenstein
PITCHER: Tommy Toledo
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 11, Cedar Rapids 10 in the bottom of the 9th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out, two-run homer by Borenstein
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Cedar Rapids 12, Timber Rattlers 11
NOTE: I hate this game.  The Timber Rattlers scored eight runs in the top of the eight inning to rally from a 10-3 deficit to grab an 11-10 lead.  Then..oh, I can’t even finish this thought.

DATE: July 13
OPPONENT: Lake County Captains
STADIUM: Classic Park
BATTER: Jordan Smith
PITCHER: Stephen Peterson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 15th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Sacrifice fly with the bases loaded.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Lake County 7, Rattlers 6 (15)
NOTE: The Rattlers were down 5-1 after six innings.  They tied the game with a run in the seventh, a run in the eighth, and two in the ninth.  Max Walla put the Rattlers in front with a homer in the top of the 12th, but the Captains tied the game in the bottom of the 12th on a two-out passed ball.

DATE: July 14
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne TinCaps
STADIUM: Parkview Field
BATTER: Travis Jankowski
PITCHER: Kevin Shackelford
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jankowski singles to drive in the winning run.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Fort Wayne 4, Timber Rattlers 3
NOTE: The team arrived in Fort Wayne at 5:30am after the 15 inning loss in Lake County on the previous night.  Wisconsin had a 3-2 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth, but the TinCaps scored two runs for the win.

DATE: July 28
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Ashford University Field
BATTER: Chris Taylor
PITCHER: Mark Williams
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Ties 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Taylor with a 2-out RBI single.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Clinton 3, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: Wisconsin went 14-3 in 17 games against Clinton in 2012.  This was one of the losses.  I consider it an even trade.

Previous Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (1999 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2011 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2010 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2009 Season)


Walkoff Wednesday (2008 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

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Walkoff Wednesday (1999 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

Today we peer back through the mists of time to 1999.  There are a couple of walkoff wild pitches, but there is also the rarest of birds…a walkoff grand slam where the home team is down by three runs…in the playoffs. (Yes, it was a Timber Rattlers victory.)

This may not be a complete list.  I did the best I could with what I had.  If you were at a game and remember something different happening, drop a line in the comments.  Or, we can wait until the end of this season and I’ll make a trip to the library to sort it all out from the microfilm files.

Walkoff Heroes of 1999.

Walkoff Heroes of 1999.

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (8):

DATE: April 12
OPPONENT: Rockford Reds
BATTER: Victor Martinez
PITCHER: N/A
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Grounder to the legs of second baseman Antonio Perez let Ruben Castillo score the winning run.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 4, Rockford 3 (12)
NOTE: This was the home opener for the 1999 season.

DATE: April 14
OPPONENT: Rockford Reds
BATTER: Bo Robinson
PITCHER: Jake Meyer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: SFF-3.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 5, Rockford 4
NOTE: I guess that game winning play needs some explanation.   The Rattlers had the bases loaded with one out and Bo Robinson at the plate.  First baseman James Matan made the catch in foul territory.  He flipped the ball to Meyer.  Then, Meyer started to discuss something with his catcher on the first base foul line without calling time.  Ruben Castillo tagged and took off for home.  He scored without a play and the Rattlers won.

DATE: May 22
OPPONENT:  Cedar Rapids Kernels
BATTER: Bo Robinson
PITCHER: Greg Jones
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:  Cedar Rapids 4, Timber Rattlers 3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Robinson delivered a 2-out, 2-run single.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 5, Cedar Rapids 4
NOTE: The Rattlers had two out with nobody on base.  PJ Williams singled. Victor Martinez doubled. Robinson singled to drive them both in for the stunning comeback victory.

DATE: June 17
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER:  Craig Kuzmic
PITCHER: Chris Bloomer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 8-8 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Kuzmic drives in Juan Silvestre
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 9, South Bend 8 (10)
NOTE: Kuzmic tied the game 8-8 with a home run in the eighth inning

DATE: July 7
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
BATTER: N/A
PITCHER: Shane Heams
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Wild pitch by Heams let Bo Robinson score from third base.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 5, West Michigan 4
NOTE: West Michigan tied the game with a run in the top of the ninth.

DATE: July 14
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Juan Silvestre
PITCHER: Pedro Minaya
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 10-10 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Wild Pitch scored the winning run from third base
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 11, Clinton 10 (10)
NOTE: According to the game story, the bases were loaded with two outs and one strike on Silvestre in the bottom of the tenth.  Minaya did a pretty emphatic fist pump after getting the second strike on Silvestre.  Then, he uncorked a wild pitch to let the winning run score.  Fist pumps. They can be your friend and they can be your enemy.

DATE: September 11
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Juan Silvestre
PITCHER:  Elvis Polanco
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Lansing 6, Timber Rattlers 3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Juan Silvestre GRAND SLAM!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF:  Timber Rattlers 7, Lansing 6
NOTE: I was at this game.  It was Game Two of the Midwest League Semifinals.  The bottom of the ninth inning went like this:   Alan Zambrano walked.  Ramon Valera singled.  Fernando Espino struck out.  Bo Robinson walked.  Silvestre with the grand slam and a pretty cool curtain call after the game.  The victory gave the Rattlers a sweep of the Lugnuts and a spot in the Midwest League Championship. It was amazing.

DATE: September 16
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Fernando Espino
PITCHER: Brannon Whatley
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Fernando Espino with a two-out solo home run!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 4, Burlington 3 (12)
NOTE: Craig Kuzmic hit a solo home run in the bottom of the tenth inning to tie Game Three of the MWL Championship Series.  The victory kept the Rattlers, who lost the first two games of the series in Burlington, alive in the Finals.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (3):

DATE: April 17
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: CO Brown Stadium
BATTER: Roberto Alleyne
PITCHER: Enmanuel Ulloa
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:  Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY:  RBI single by Alleyne
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Michigan 5, Wisconsin 4
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers had a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.  Then, the Battle Cats scored three runs for the win.

DATE: June 26
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Wellington Sanchez
PITCHER: Justin Dunning
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:  Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Sacrifice fly by Sanchez drives in Ryan Bordenick.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Beloit 6, Wisconsin 5 (12)
NOTE: Ryan Bordenick returned to the Snappers again in 2000.

DATE: July 10
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
STADIUM: Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Sean Campbell
PITCHER: Melqui Torres
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Scoreless in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Campbell
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Fort Wayne 1, Wisconsin 0
NOTE: Melqui Torres gave up a leadoff triple to Jeremy Owens in the bottom of the ninth.  Campbell followed with the RBI single for the game winning play.

Previous Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (2011 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2010 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2009 Season)


Walkoff Wednesday (2008 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2011 season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

This week is the 2011 season.  The Rattlers were doubled up on walkoffs by their opponents.  But, that’s okay.  Two of the finest bat flips in Timber Rattlers history occur on their two walkoff homers of 2011.  Click the links for the video and audio highlights.

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (4):

DATE: April 17 (Game 2 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Mike Walker
PITCHER: Eduardo Figueroa
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Peoria 1, Timber Rattlers 0 in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-run home run by Walker!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 2, Peoria 1
NOTE: The Rattlers were winning game one of the doubleheader 6-2, but the Chiefs scored one in the sixth and four in the seventh to take the lead.  Walker’s homer came with one out and pinch-runner Robbie Garvey scored ahead of Walker.  The bat flip is my favorite part!

Mike Walker emphatically jumps on home plate!

Mike Walker emphatically jumps on home plate!

 

DATE: June 24
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
BATTER: Tyler Roberts
PITCHER: Aidan Lucas
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Sacrifice Fly by Roberts
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 4, Quad Cities 3
NOTE: The Rattlers trailed Quad Cities 3-1 heading to the eighth.  TJ Mittelstaedt drove in Roberts with a single in the bottom of the eighth.  Chris Dennis tied the game in the ninth with an RBI single to score Franklin Romero.  Dennis scored on the sac fly by Roberts for the Rattler victory.

 

Country.

Country.

 

DATE: August 1
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Mike Brownstein
PITCHER: Drew Tyson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Three-run home run by Mike Brownstein!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 8, Burlington 5 (10)
NOTE:  Wisconsin trailed 5-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth.  Reggie Keen and Nick Shaw each had RBI singles with two out in the ninth to tie the game.  In the tenth, Chadwin Stang and Joey Paciorek singled with two outs.  Then…SWING and a DRIVE (fast, low bat flip, too) to left for Brownstein!

 

That homer was the second - and last - homer Brownstein hit in the minor leagues.

That homer was the second – and last – homer Brownstein hit in the minor leagues.

 

DATE: August 3
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Greg Hopkins
PITCHER: Jon Taylor
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Hopkins.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 2, Clinton 1
NOTE: Nick Shaw singled. Jason Rogers dropped a sacrifice bunt to move Shaw into scoring position.  Hopkins singled. Shaw scored. Rattlers celebrated!

We see what you did there, Hop.

We see what you did there, Hop.

 

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (8):

DATE: April 23 (Game Two)
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Jose Rivero
PITCHER: Del Howell
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Scoreless in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Triple by Rivero scores Tony Thompson from first base.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Burlington 1, Timber Rattlers 0
NOTE: Del Howell had a no-hitter through the first six innings of the nightcap.  He allowed a single to Thompson to leadoff the bottom of the seventh.  Rivero followed with a triple.

DATE: May 27
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Phil Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Orlando Calixte
PITCHER: Greg Holle
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth.
GAME WINNING PLAY:  Ryan Stovall scores from third on a wild throw to the plate by Yadiel Rivera.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Kane County 2, Timber Rattlers 1
NOTE: The Rattlers tied the game in the top of the ninth on a two-out RBI double by Mike Walker.  But, Kane County loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth against Eric Marzec.  Holle came in and got Calixte to send a grounder to short.  But, Rivera’s throw home was wild and Stovall scored the winning run.

DATE: May 30
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Phil Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER:  Jake Kuebler
PITCHER: Brian Garman
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY:  Bases loaded walk with two outs forced in the winning run.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF:  Kane County 5, Wisconsin 4 (11)
NOTE: The Rattlers broke a 1-1 game with three runs in the top of the eleventh.  Greg Holle got into trouble and Garman couldn’t get out of it.

DATE:  May 31
OPPONENT: Bowling Green Hot Rods
STADIUM: Bowling Green Ballpark
BATTER: Steven Tinoco
PITCHER: Tom Keeling
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out RBI single by Tinoco.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Bowling Green 4, Timber Rattlers 3 (10)
NOTE: Wisconsin broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the top of the eighth.  But, Bowling Green tied the game in the bottom of the eighth and won it in the tenth.

DATE: June 17
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Perfect Game Field
BATTER: Jesus Campos
PITCHER: Stosh Wawrzasek
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two out wild pitch allowed Justin Bass to score winning run from third
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Cedar Rapids 8, Timber Rattlers 7 (10)
NOTE: Cedar Rapids tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

DATE: July 10
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
STADIUM: Modern Woodmen Park
BATTER: Geoff Klein
PITCHER: Eric Marzec
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Klein with a sacrifice fly to right.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Quad Cities 6, Timber Rattlers 5 (11)
NOTE:  Quad Cities tied the game 5-5 with two runs on a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth.

DATE: July 20
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
STADIUM: Cooley Law School
BATTER: Marcus Knecht
PITCHER: Greg Holle
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY:  Michael Crouse scored “just ahead” of a throw to the plate.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Lansing 6, Timber Rattlers 5
NOTE: Knecht was up with the bases loaded and no outs.  Holle got him to send a grounder to third.  Mike Brownstein threw home for the force.  Crouse was ruled safe and the Lugnuts won the game.  If the game was allowed to continue, the Timber Rattlers coaching staff, at least three players, and one radio announcer would have been kicked out of the contest. 

DATE: August 18
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: O’Brien Field
BATTER: Dustin Geiger
PITCHER: Brian Garman
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY:  RBI single by Geiger
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Peoria 5, Timber Rattlers 4
NOTE: I have nothing to say about this game.

Previous Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (2010 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2009 Season)


Walkoff Wednesday (2008 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2010 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

This week it’s the 2010 season.  And what the Rattlers missed in quantity of walkoffs this season is made up for in quality of walkoffs.  Two of the Rattlers four walkoff wins came when they entered their final at bat trailing.  

The Hunter Morris double to beat Cedar Rapids is especially satisfying since 2010 was the year Mike Trout and the Kernels owned the Timber Rattlers AND it was the first extra inning victory of the season for Wisconsin.

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (4):

Scooter Gennett (Photo Credit: Patrick S. Blood)

Scooter Gennett (Photo Credit: Patrick S. Blood)

DATE: April 9 (Game One of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Scooter Gennett
PITCHER: Ian Kroll
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Infield single by Scooter scores Joey Paciorek from second.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 3, Kane County 2
NOTE: This was the 2010 home opener for the Timber Rattlers. The game winning single by Gennett was his first hit as a Timber Rattler.

Khris Davis (Photo Credit: Ann Mollica)

Khris Davis (Photo Credit: Ann Mollica)

DATE: July 19
OPPONENT: Great Lakes Loons
BATTER: Khris Davis
PITCHER: Steve Ames
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Khris Davis drives in Kentrail Davis
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 4, Great Lakes 3
NOTE: Great Lakes scored a run in the top of the ninth to go up 3-1. The Rattlers had two on with two out in the bottom of the ninth when Kentrail Davis doubled to drive in Michael Marseco and Erik Miller with the tying runs. Khris Davis smacked a single on a 2-2 pitch to send Kentrail Davis in with the winning run.

Hunter Morris (Photo Credit: Patrick S. Blood)

Hunter Morris (Photo Credit: Patrick S. Blood)

DATE: August 14
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
BATTER: Hunter Morris
PITCHER: David Carpenter
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Cedar Rapids 5, Timber Rattlers 4 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out, two-run double by Hunter Morris
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 6, Cedar Rapids 5 (11)
NOTE: The Kernels went up 5-4 on a wild pitch by Adrian Rosario. Carpenter got the first two outs of the bottom of the eleventh. Kentrail Davis singled. Khris Davis walked. Morris drilled an 0-2 pitch to the gap in right-center and both Davises scored to give the Timber Rattlers their first extra inning victory of the season.

DATE: August 29
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Khris Davis
PITCHER: Max Peterson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 10-10 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Khris Davis RBI single.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Wisconsin 11, Kane County 10 (11)
NOTE: Wisconsin was up 9-4 heading into the eighth inning. Kane County scored three runs in the eighth. The Rattlers scored a run in the eighth. Then, the Cougars scored three more runs in the ninth to tie the game. Kentrail Davis singled with one out in the eleventh. Hunter Morris walked. Khris Davis delivered!

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (9):

DATE: April 29
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: O’Brien Field
BATTER: Jonathan Mota
PITCHER: Andre Lamontagne
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Mota
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Peoria 8, Timber Rattlers 7
NOTE: Matt Cerda singled and was sacrificed to second base. Lamontagne walked Justin Bour and struck out DJ Fitzgerald for the second out. But, Mota singled to drive in Cerda from second for the winning run.

DATE: May 3
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Wang Wei Lin
PITCHER: Hiram Burgos
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 8-8 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: One out solo home run by Wang Wei Lin
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Beloit 9, Wisconsin 8 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers scored three times in the top of the ninth inning to go up 8-7. Khris Davis tied the game with a two-run homer and an error allowed the go ahead run to score. But, Anderson Hidalgo tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out RBI single to score Danny Rams from second base. Then….Wang Wei Lin…in the tenth…I can’t even finish this sentence.

DATE: May 28
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Perfect Game Field
BATTER: Luis Jimenez
PITCHER: Andre Lamontagne
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Luis Jimenez
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Cedar Rapids 3, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: The Rattlers had a 2-1 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth. Jon Karcich walked and our old friend Mike Trout had a bunt single. An error on the play by Lamontagne let Karcich take third base. Of COURSE, Trout would steal second base. Lamontagne struck out the next batter. An intentional pass to Jean Segura loaded the bases. Casey Haerther tied the game with a sacrifice fly. Then, Jimenez singled to send Trout home with the winning run.

DATE: June 4
OPPONENT: Lake County Captains
STADIUM: Classic Park
BATTER: Casey Frawley
PITCHER: Andy Sauter
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Frawley’s RBI two-out single drives in the winning run.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Lake County 6, Timber Rattlers 5 (11)
NOTE: Sauter got the first two outs of the 11th. Then, Bo Greenwell doubled. A wild pitch moved Greenwell to third. Frawley singled, Greenwell scored, and that’s how the Captains won the first ever meeting between these teams.

DATE: June 17
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Alliant Energy Field
BATTER: Kalian Sams
PITCHER: Caleb Thielbar
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Kalian Sams.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Clinton 3, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: Kalian Sams played with the Timber Rattlers in 2007.

DATE: July 1
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Rene Oriental
PITCHER: Alex Jones
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Rene Oriental
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Burlington 7, Timber Rattlers 6
NOTE: The Rattlers had a 6-0 lead heading to the seventh inning. Burlington scored a run in the seventh off Jake Odorizzi. The Bees scored five runs in the eighth inning off Santo Manzanillo and Alex Jones to tie the game. In the ninth, Carlo Testa walked, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored the winning run on a one out single by Oriental.

DATE: July 3
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Drew Robertson
PITCHER: Andy Sauter
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 14th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Robertson
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Burlington 7, Timber Rattlers 6 (14)
NOTE: Hunter Morris drew a bases loaded walk in the top of the twelfth inning for a 6-5 Rattlers lead. Sauter walked in the tying run in the bottom of the twelfth. In the fourteenth, Sauter walked Luis Del Rosario to start the frame. A sacrifice bunt moved Del Rosario into scoring position. Robertson followed with a single to right to get the winning run home.

DATE: July 9
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Danny Rams
PITCHER: Jon Pokorny
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Rams hits a leadoff homer.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Beloit 4, Timber Rattlers 3
NOTE: Hunter Morris tied the game with a two-run home run in the top of the seventh. Rams hit his game winning home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth.

DATE: July 29
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: O’Brien Field
BATTER: Matt Szczur
PITCHER: Jon Pokorny
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded single by Matt Szczur.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Peoria 3, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: Austin Stockfisch tied the game 2-2 with a home run in the fifth inning. Matt Costello loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on a single, sacrifice bunt, walk, and single. Pokorny came on and got ahead of Szczur 0-2. But, a single by Szczur drove in the winning run.

Previous Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (2009 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2008 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2009 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

This week is a look at 2009, the first season with the Milwaukee Brewers as the parent club of the Timber Rattlers.

There were some really exciting walkoff victories for the Timber Rattlers that year.  Unfortunately, there were some horrific walkoff losses, including three in Kane County.  One of those walkoff losses in Kane County is something that I still am trying to get over – lo, these many years later.

BROCK!, Marseco, & Sanchez.

BROCK!, Marseco, & Sanchez.

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (5):

DATE: April 22
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Michael Marseco
PITCHER: Kevin Kreier
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Peoria 2, Timber Rattlers 1 in bottom of 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Michael Marseco tripled to drive in two runs
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 3, Peoria 2
NOTE: Peoria scored a run in the top of the ninth to go up 2-1. Shawn Zarraga and Sean McCraw walked to start the bottom of the ninth. Juan Sanchez pinch ran for Zarraga. Erik Miller had a sacrifice bunt. Then, Marseco tripled to knock in both runners for the comeback win.

DATE: June 10
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: BROCK! Kjeldgaard
PITCHER: Justin Murray
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: BROCK! hits a three-run homer with two outs!
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 4 (10)
NOTE: BROCK! SMASH! Murray entered the game with two on and one out in the bottom of the tenth. He got a strike out for the second out, but BROCK! crushed a 1-2 pitch for the game winning homer.

DATE: June 26
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Jose Duran
PITCHER: Chris Huesby
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Corey Kemp scored ahead of a throw to the plate by second baseman Ryan Flaherty.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 3, Peoria 2
NOTE: The Rattlers were no-hit by Chris Archer and Alberto Cabrera through the first 6-1/3 innings. Wisconsin tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Kemp, Brett Lawrie, and Chris Dennis singled to load the bases with no outs in the ninth against Cabrera. Here’s how the winning run scored according to the game story that night: [Duran, t]he Rattlers third baseman was facing a drawn-in infield and sent a hard grounder to the left of second baseman Ryan Flaherty. Flaherty dove, knocked down the ball, and scrambled to control it. Kemp just beat the throw home to score the winning run.

DATE: June 27
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Juan Sanchez
PITCHER: Manolin De Leon
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 14th
GAME WINNING PLAY: An error by second baseman Junior Lake let Jose Duran score the winning run from third base.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 2, Peoria 1 (14)
NOTE: Duran had reached on an error to start the inning and he moved to second on a wild pitch. The error by Lake came with two outs in the bottom of the fourteenth to let the winning run score.

DATE: July 24
OPPONENT: Dayton Dragons
BATTER: Juan Sanchez
PITCHER: Mark James
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Sanchez bunts for a single and a wild throw by James allowed Derrick McPhearson to score.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Dayton 4 (11)
NOTE: Dayton tied the game 4-4 with a two out RBI single by Byron Wiley off Brandon Ritchie in the top of the ninth inning. McPhearson reached to start the eleventh on an infield single. Sanchez followed with a bunt single and James winged a throw down the right field line. McPhearson scored all the way from first base on the play.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (6):

DATE: April 26
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
STADIUM: Modern Woodmen Park
BATTER: Niko Vasquez
PITCHER: Kris Dabrowiecki
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 8-8 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Vasquez caps a two run ninth for Quad Cities
FINAL SCORE: Quad Cities 9, Timber Rattlers 8
NOTE: Brett Lawrie hit a three-run homer in the top of the eighth to give the Rattlers an 8-6 lead. Dabrowiecki allowed a run in the bottom of the eighth to let the River Bandits get to within a run. Domnit Bolivar homered to lead off the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. A single, strikeout, and walk set the stage for the game winning single by Vasquez.

DATE: May 21
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Dusty Coleman
PITCHER: Rigoberto Almonte
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 6, Kane County 5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-run home run by Coleman.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 7, Timber Rattlers 6
NOTE: Wisconsin scored three runs in the top of the ninth on a two-out, two-run double by Edgar Trejo and an RBI single by BROCK Kjeldgaard. But, Matt Ray drew a one out walk in the bottom of the ninth and scored on the Dusty Coleman walkoff homer. I hate Elfstrom Stadium.

DATE: August 8
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: O’Brien Field
BATTER: Ryan Flaherty
PITCHER: Nick Tyson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: A wild pitch by Tyson with the bases loaded let pinch-runner Mario Mercedes score from third.
FINAL SCORE: Peoria 6, Timber Rattlers 5
NOTE: The bases were loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Then, Tyson uncorked his wild pitch. Mercedes, who was pinch-running for Michael Brenly, scored on the play for the Chiefs win.

DATE: August 26
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Jason Taylor
PITCHER: Nick Tyson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Throwing error by third baseman Jose Duran.
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 2, Timber Rattlers 1
NOTE: Tyson retired the first two batters of the bottom of the ninth. Then, David Wood doubled. Duran handled the grounder cleanly, but Kyle Dhanani couldn’t make the scoop at first base. Wood scooted home with the winning run. Oddly, Dhanani started the game at third base and BROCK! Kjeldgaard started the game at first. But, for the bottom of the sixth, Kjeldgaard went to right to replace Mike Vass, Dhanani went to first and Duran entered the game to play third.

DATE: August 28
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Franklin Hernandez
PITCHER: Brandon Ritchie
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: A dropped infield fly with the bases loaded.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 4, Timber Rattlers 3 (10)
NOTE: The Cougars had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the tenth. Ritchie got Hernandez to send a high pop fly to shallow right. Both umpires called for the Infield Fly for the second out. But, Pete Fatse dropped the ball and Nino Leyja scored from third base. Have I mentioned that I hate this place.

DATE: August 30
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Connor Crumbliss
PITCHER: Rigoberto Almonte
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Almonte hit Crumbliss on a 1-2 pitch with the bases loaded.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 6, Timber Rattlers 5 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers scored a run in the top of the ninth to take a 5-1 lead. Kane County scored four times in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. In the bottom of the tenth, Jeremy Barfield doubled and was sacrificed to third base. Liam Ohlmann intentionally walked the next two batters. Then, Almonte came in to face Crumbliss. He hit Crumbliss on a 1-2 pitch to force in the winning run. I really, really, really hate this place.

I don’t normally jump in here, but…SERIOUSLY?!?! The last four walkoff losses of the 2009 season were on a bases loaded wild pitch, a throwing error, a dropped infield fly (?!!), and a bases loaded hit batsman (!!!) on a 1-2 pitch?!?!!  wow. Just wow.

Previous Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (2008)

Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2008 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

I don’t have all of the walkoff details for the 1999 season.  That year will have to be on hold for right now.  So let us skip back to a year of more recent vintage, 2008.

The ’08 Rattlers had a bad year. But, there were some exciting finishes.  Sadly, there were a lot more exciting finishes for the opponents in the final season as an affiliate of the Mariners.  There were a lot of excellent Timber Rattlers pitching performances wasted in this season, too.  The odd thing that you will notice about the four Timber Rattlers walkoff wins during that season is that all came in an extra inning.

Walkoff Heroes of 2008.

Walkoff Heroes of 2008.

 

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (5):
DATE: May 17
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Scott Robinson
PITCHER: Justin Friend
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Scott Robinson hits a two-run home run!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Kane County 2
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers trailed 2-0 until Robinson scored on a two-out wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth.  Alex Liddi tied the game with a two-out RBI single to drive in Edilio Colina in the bottom of the ninth.  Then, Scott Robinson hit a home run on the first pitch he got in the ninth for the game winner.

This may be the only photo of Scott Robinson in a Timber Rattlers uniform that we have. He's in there somewhere.

This may be the only photo of Scott Robinson in a Timber Rattlers uniform that we have. He’s in there somewhere.

DATE: June 5
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
BATTER: Gavin Dickey
PITCHER: Wayne Daman
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:  Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Gavin Dickey hits a leadoff home run!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Quad Cities 3 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers had runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the ninth.  Daman got out of the inning with a strikeout and a groundout.  Dickey drilled a 2-0 pitch over the wall in left for the game winning homer in the bottom of the tenth.

DATE: June 6
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
BATTER: Blake Ochoa
PITCHER: Matt Spade
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Blake Ochoa singles with the bases loaded and no outs to drive in Gavin Dickey.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 6, Quad Cities 5 (10)
NOTE: Quad Cities took a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning on a three-run homer by Domnit Bolivar.  The Rattlers had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and Pete Parisi struck out Maximo Mendez, but the ball skipped to the backstop and Dickey scored the tying run!  Spade faced four batters in the bottom of the eleventh: Dickey singled, Denny Almonte doubled, Calvin Beamon was intentionally walked, and Ochoa, who entered the game after Scott Robinson pinch-hit for Israel Nunez in the bottom of the ninth, singled in the winning run.

DATE: June 22
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Alex Liddi
PITCHER: Chris Chavez
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Alex Liddi RBI single with two outs drove in Edilio Colina from second.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Burlington 3 (11)
NOTE: Juan Ramirez (now known as JC Ramirez in the Phillies organization) had a 3-2 lead with two outs and none on in the top of the ninth inning.  Pinch-hitter Clint Robinson hit a 3-2 pitch out of the ballpark to tie the game.  In the tenth, Colina was a first with one out and Joe Dunigan at the plate.  Dunigan reached on catcher’s interference to keep the inning alive.  Liddi singled to left and Colina scored for the victory.

DATE: August 9
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Juan Diaz
PITCHER: Brent Lysander
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Juan Diaz singles to drive in Edilio Colina from second.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 2, Kane County 1 (11)
NOTE: Michael Pineda pitched six scoreless innings.  Phillippe Aumont relieved in the seventh and gave up a run on a two-out RBI single in the top of the eighth.  Colina doubled to start the bottom of the eleventh against Lysander – the sixth Kane County pitcher of the game.  Diaz singled on the first pitch of his at bat to drive in Colina.

This was the Timber Rattlers final walkoff victory of the Mariners Era.

This was the Timber Rattlers final walkoff victory of the Mariners Era.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (7):

DATE: June 14 (Day game of a Day-Night Doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Alliant Energy Field
BATTER: Jonathan Green
PITCHER: Ryan Moorer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Green singled with two outs to drive in pinch-runner Matt Lawson from second.
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 2, Timber Rattlers 1 (10)
NOTE: Neftali Feliz was the starting pitcher for Clinton and he struck out eleven in 5-1/3 innings.  Ian Gac singled with two outs in the bottom of the tenth.  Lawson pinch-ran and stole second.  Moorer walked Mitch Moreland, but Green singled to score the winning run and clinch a playoff spot for the LumberKings.

DATE: June 29
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Johnny Giavotella
PITCHER: Justin Souza
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Giavotella singled with two outs to drive in Jamar Walton.
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 4, Timber Rattlers 3
NOTE: Walton started the tenth inning rally with a double, but was still at second base with two outs.  Souza intentionally walked Adrian Ortiz and was ahead of Giavotella 0-2 before giving up the game-winning hit.

DATE: June 30
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: David Lough
PITCHER: Joe Kantakevich
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded single with two outs by Lough drove in Adrian Ortiz
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 2, Timber Rattlers 1 (11)
NOTE: The Bees had the bases loaded with no outs in the ninth inning, but Keith Meyer got a 5-2-3 double play and Jose Escalona came on to get the final out and send the game to extra innings.  Escalona started the eleventh inning by allowing a walk and a bunt single.  He would get a strikeout, but through a wild pitch with Mike Moustakas at the plate.  Escalona intentionally walked Moustakas and Kantakevich took over.  He got a force out at the plate on a grounder to third, but Lough ended the game with his RBI single.

DATE: July 13
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
STADIUM: Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Lance Zawadzki
PITCHER: Jose Escalona
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Lance Zawadzki singled with two outs to drive in Anthony Contreras
FINAL SCORE: Fort Wayne 2, Timber Rattlers 1
NOTE: Wisconsin had a 1-0 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth inning behind six shutout innings by Brett Lorin and two scoreless innings by Jeff Dunbar.  Then, Rob Harmon came into the game.  Harmon allowed a single – with an error on Maximo Mendez in center allowing the tying run to get to second base.  A walk, a sacrifice bunt, and another walk loaded the bases.  Another walk – this one to Danny Payne – drove in the tying run. Escalona got a popup for the second out, but Zawadzki singled on a 1-1 pitch for the game-winner.

DATE: August 5
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Alliant Energy Field
BATTER: Mitch Moreland
PITCHER: Jose Escalona
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Mitch Moreland drove in Davis Stoneburner
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 5, Timber Rattlers 4
NOTE: Daniel Carroll tied the game 4-4 with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning.  But, Escalona gave up a double to Stoneburner to start the bottom of the ninth.  A single by Engel Beltre put runners on the corners.  Escalona got an out with a strikeout.  Then, Moreland singled in the winning run.

DATE: August 16
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Phil Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Jake Smith
PITCHER: Keith Meyer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 5, Kane County 4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jake Smith doubles with one out to drive in two run.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 6, Timber Rattlers 5
NOTE:  Michael Pineda pitched five scoreless innings for the Rattlers.  Joe Dunigan and Denny Almonte hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning and Wisconsin would score a run in the top of the ninth inning to take a 5-1 lead.  Jeff Dunbar came on to start the bottom of the ninth.  He faced five batters and did not retire any of those batters: Walk, single, RBI single, RBI single, RBI single.  All of a sudden the Rattlers lead was down to 5-4.  Meyer came on to get the first out.  Then, Smith doubled to drive in the tying and winning runs.  Do I mention that the Rattlers were 18-36 at this point of the second half after the loss?  I hate this game.

DATE: August 31
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
STADIUM: John O’Donnell Stadium
BATTER: Niko Vasquez
PITCHER: Jose Escalona
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 10-10 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Pinch-runner Tommy Pham beat a throw from second baseman Alex Meneses to the plate.
FINAL SCORE: Quad Cities 10, Wisconsin 11
NOTE: The Rattlers had a 9-5 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh inning.  Quad Cities scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 10-9 lead.  Wisconsin rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth as Alex Liddi scored on a groundout by Blake Ochoa.  But, in the bottom of the ninth…Rob Harmon allowed a leadoff double to Francisco Rivera.  Pham pinch ran as Jose Escalona entered the game for Harmon.  Domnit Bolivar singled to put runners on the corners and took second on defensive indifference.  Vasquez sent a slow grounder to Meneses at second base and Pham beat the throw to the plate.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

We continue our timeskip out of order this week with a look at the 1998 season.

The Timber Rattlers of 1998 had an incredible starting rotation (Ryan Anderson, Gil Meche, and Joel Pineiro were 3/5 of it for most of the season). There were a lot of close games that went down to the wire and there were a total of SIXTEEN walkoffs that year.

Watch for the name Mike Marchiano to appear…a lot. I mean… A LOT!

Also, one of the most dominant Timber Rattlers pitching performances ever ended in an opponent walkoff victory during the 1998 playoffs.

Keep in mind that this may not be a complete list. The person (Ed.: AHEM) who went through the microfilm of The Post-Crescent boxscores at Appleton Public Library forgot to get ALL of the details.

If need be, I’ll go back and get these at some point. If you were at these games – or happen to be former Rattlers radio announcer Tim McCord, drop a line in the comments to help. HEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (9):

That's a lot of walkoffs!

That’s a lot of walkoffs!


DATE: April 9

OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
BATTER: Carlos Maldonado
PITCHER: Mark Magers
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Carlos Maldonado’s infield single drove in Gerald Eady.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 3, Rockford 2 (11)
NOTE: This was Opening Night for the 1998 season. Gerald Eady started the eleventh with a bunt single, the first Wisconsin hit since the fourth inning.

DATE: May 7
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Mike Marchiano
PITCHER: Scott Henderson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Marchiano with a 2-out, bases loaded single to drive in Juan Silvestre
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 1 (10)
NOTE: Matt Erickson, the current Wisconsin manager, drove in the only Kane County run with an RBI double in the fifth inning.

DATE: June 2
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Mike Marchiano
PITCHER: Jason Childers
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Marchiano with an RBI single.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 5, Beloit 4 (10)
NOTE: That’s two walkoff hits for Mike Marchiano.

DATE: June 4
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Greg Connors
PITCHER: Ben Byrd
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Greg Connors knocks in the winning run with a 1-out double.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 4, Beloit 3
NOTE: Two walkoffs in three days for the Rattlers against their in-state rivals.

DATE: June 18
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Juan Silvestre
PITCHER: Aaron Carter
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Juan Silvestre hits a homer!
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 4, Lansing 3
NOTE: Silvestre’s home run led off the bottom of the ninth.

DATE: June 19
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Mike Marchiano
PITCHER: Steve Maas
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Marchiano with an RBI single to drive in pinch runner Jermaine Clark.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 6, Lansing 5
NOTE: Second straight day with a walkoff win over the Lugnuts. This time, the Rattlers scored two in the bottom of the ninth for the win. That’s three walkoff hits for Mike Marchiano.

DATE: July 9
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: Jermaine Clark
PITCHER: Chris Bloomer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: South Bend 3, Wisconsin 2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jermaine Clark’s 2-out, 2-run single drives in Donnie Schmidt and Claudio Liverziani.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 4, South Bend 3
NOTE: Clark’s game winner extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Schmidt, a pitcher, was in the game as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the ninth.

DATE: July 13
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Mike Marchiano
PITCHER: David Shepard
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 9-9 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Marchiano home run!
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 10, Burlington 9 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers were down 9-1 after the top of the sixth. Wisconsin hit four home runs in the game. This was the fourth walkoff hit of the 1998 season for Mike Marchiano.

DATE: September 1
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Mike Marchiano
PITCHER: Lance Franks
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Marchiano with an RBI single
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 7, Peoria 6 (12)
NOTE: This was the fifth walkoff hit of the 1998 season for Mike Marchiano.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (7):

DATE: May 1
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Veteran Memorial Stadium
BATTER: ???? Jeb Dougherty (Thanks, Andy from the Kernels!)
PITCHER: Justin Kaye
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded walk
FINAL SCORE: Cedar Rapids 3, Wisconsin 2 (10)
NOTE: Justin Kay entered the game with two runners on bases. He faced two batters and walked both.

DATE: May 9
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
STADIUM: Old Kent Park
BATTER: Antuan Bunkley
PITCHER: Leslie Brea
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 5, West Michigan 4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Antuan Bunkley’s two-run single.
FINAL SCORE: West Michigan 6, Wisconsin 5
NOTE: Wisconsin had a 5-3 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth, but West Michigan scored three runs on four hits off Brea in the bottom of the ninth.

DATE: May 25
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
STADIUM: Stanley Coveleski Regional Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Justin Kaye
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: South Bend 3, Wisconsin 2 (10)
NOTE: Kaye walked five, allowed one hit, and threw two wild pitches in 2-1/3 innings of relief.

DATE: July 15
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Leslie Brea
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded walk
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 7, Wisconsin 6
NOTE: The Rattlers were up 6-5 heading to the bottom of the ninth. The Bees scored twice in the bottom of the ninth for the win.

DATE: August 11
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: C. O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: ???
PITCHER: Zac Stark
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: ????
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 10, Wisconsin 9 (11)
NOTE: The Rattlers were up 7-0 until the bottom of the eighth. Wisconsin scored two in the top of the eleventh to go up 9-7. But, Michigan scored three in the bottom of the eleventh for the win.

DATE: August 29
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
STADIUM: Oldsmobile Park
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Craig Willis
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Lansing 4, Wisconsin 3
NOTE: HHHEEEEELLLLLLLPPPPPPP!

DATE: September 8
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
STADIUM: Marinelli Field
BATTER: Tony Schrager
PITCHER: Leslie Brea
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Nelson Abreu beat the throw home on Schrager’s chopper to third.
FINAL SCORE: Rockford 3, Wisconsin 2 (10)
NOTE: This was Game One of a first round playoff series between the Rattlers and the Cubbies. Ryan Anderson was the starting pitcher. Anderson was perfect through 6-1/3 innings and struck out 18 in 8-2/3 innings. But, Anderson allowed a two-out, two-run home run to Mike Amrhein in the bottom of the ninth and Rockford tied the game 2-2. This game was the subject of this Flashback Friday.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

We continue our timeskip out of order this week with a look at the 1997 season.

The Timber Rattlers of 1997 followed up the ’96 squad with another playoff appearance, but this team was did not have an abundance of walkoff victories, until the last ten days of the regular season.

Also, we have a rare occurrence. Catcher Scott Steinmann had a walkoff hit against Rockford on May 30, scored a walkoff run against Rockford on August 31, and allowed a walkoff hit at Rockford on July 16.

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Keep in mind that this may not be a complete list. The person (Ed.: AHEM) who went through the microfilm of The Post-Crescent boxscores at Appleton Public Library forgot to get ALL of the details.

If need be, I’ll go back and get these at some point. If you were at these games – or happen to be former Rattlers radio announcer Tim McCord, drop a line in the comments to help. HEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (6):

DATE: May 11
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Mike Burrows
PITCHER: Kevin Zaleski
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Kane County 6, Wisconsin 5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Burrows with a 2-out, 2-run home run!
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 6
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers trailed 6-1 in this game.

DATE: May 30 (Game 1 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
BATTER: Scott Steinmann
PITCHER: Trevor Schaeffer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in bottom of the 8th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Steinmann
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 5, Rockford 4 (8)
NOTE: The first game of the doubleheader went one extra inning. The Cubbies scored twice in the top of the eighth to take a 4-2 lead. Then, the Rattlers scored three in the bottom of the eighth to win.

DATE: August 20
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: Carlos Maldonado
PITCHER: Pete Harvell
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Carlos Maldonado’s RBI single drove in Jose Castro with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 6, South Bend 5
NOTE: Pete Harvell was a member of the Duluth-Superior Dukes in 1996 and 1998. I was a radio announcer for that Northern League franchise in both of those seasons.

DATE: August 27
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Adonis Harrison
PITCHER: Brandon Baird
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Adonis Harrison’s RBI single with the bases loaded drove in Jose Castro.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 3, Lansing 2
NOTE: It is noted in the game story that John Wollner, the President of Appleton Professional Baseball, announced before the game that he would step down at the end of the season.

DATE: August 30
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
BATTER: Ramon Vazquez
PITCHER: Trevor Schaeffer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Ramon Vazquez hits a leadoff homer!
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 6, Rockford 5
NOTE: Fernando Espino hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game.

DATE: August 31
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
BATTER: Fernando Espino
PITCHER: Trevor Schaeffer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Fernando Espino grounded to short and Scott Steinmann scored from third when the throw home was a little up the first base line.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 7, Rockford 6
NOTES: That was the third time Schaeffer was on the mound for Rockford when the Rattlers won on a walkoff. The story notes that Mike Marchiano was hit in the head with a pitch in the first inning. Steinmann entered the game – the last of the regular season – for Marchiano and proceeded to play every position (except pitcher). The Rattlers led 5-2 heading to the top of the ninth inning, but Rockford scored four runs in their last at bat to take a 6-5 lead.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (8):

DATE: May 4
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Riverview Stadium
BATTER: Brian McClure
PITCHER: Javier Gutierrez
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 14th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Brian McClure’s RBI single scores Rodney Lindsay.
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 5, Wisconsin 4 (14)
NOTE: The Rattlers scored a run in the top of the 13th for a 4-3 lead. But, Clinton tied the game with a run in the bottom of the 13th and won the game on McClure’s single.

DATE: May 5
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Riverview Stadium
BATTER: Adam Cross
PITCHER: Albert Derenches
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Adam Cross drives in the winning run with a bases loaded single.
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 6, Wisconsin 5
NOTE: Rattlers were up 5-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth. Brian McClure tied the game with a 2-run single and scored the winning run on the single by Cross.

DATE: June 5
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Larry Glozier
PITCHER: Albert Derenches
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Larry Glozier’s RBI single.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 4, Wisconsin 3 (10)
NOTE: Kane County tied the game in the ninth on a two-out, two-run single by Jeff Venghaus.

DATE: June 25
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: C. O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: Gary LoCurto
PITCHER: Brian Fitzgerald
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Gary LoCurto‘s RBI single scored Rontiez Johnson.
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 6, Wisconsin 5 (11)
NOTE: Michigan scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game 4-4. The Rattlers scored a run in the top of the eleventh for a 5-4 lead, but Michigan scored two runs in the bottom of the eleventh for the 6-5 win.

DATE: July 7
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
STADIUM: Marinelli Field
BATTER: Julio Zuleta
PITCHER: Jeromy Palki
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out RBI single by Zuelta
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 7, Wisconsin 6 (10)
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers were up 2-0 in this game. But, the Cubs scored twice in the bottom of the eighth. Then, Zuleta drove in the winning run in the ninth.

DATE: July 16
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Kevin Baderdeen
PITCHER: Scott Steinmann
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out RBI single by Baderdeen
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 7, Wisconsin 6 (10)
NOTE: Steinmann had to come into this game…for some reason. He got the first two outs in the bottom of the tenth. But, he issued a walk and a wild pitch to set up Baderdeen’s game winning single.

DATE: August 8
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Jamie Lopiccolo
PITCHER: Allan Westfall
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Lopiccolo hit a 2-out RBI single to drive in Josh Klimek.
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 4, Wisconsin 3 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers scored twice in the top of the ninth to tie the game 3-3.

DATE: August 10
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Jamie Lopiccolo
PITCHER: Russ Koehler
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Lopiccolo homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the 11th.
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 4, Wisconsin 3 (11)
NOTE: That’s two walkoff hits in three days for Lopiccolo.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

 

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

We continue our timeskip backwards with a look at the 1996 season.

The Timber Rattlers made the Midwest League Championship Series in 1996 and had an appropriate amount of walkoff victories to match. If you know anything about this Rattlers team, it should not be a surprise to see whose name pops up with the first walkoff homer in Timber Rattlers history.

Keep in mind that this may not be a complete list. The person (Ed.: AHEM) who went through the microfilm of The Post-Crescent boxscores at Appleton Public Library forgot to get ALL of the details.

If need be, I’ll go back and get these at some point. If you were at these games – or happen to be former Rattlers radio announcer Tim McCord, drop a line in the comments to help. HEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

Which of these Rattlers had the most walkoff hits in 1996?

Which of these Rattlers had the most walkoff hits in 1996?  Read on, dear reader!

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (8):

DATE: April 14
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Jose Amado
PITCHER: Keith Glauber
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jose Amado with a Sacrifice Fly drives in the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 2, Peoria 1 (10)
NOTE: Amado tied the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth.

DATE: April 23
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Joe Mathis
PITCHER: Tony Pavlovich
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded RBI single by Mathis drove in pinch runner Faruq Darcuiel.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 6, Beloit 5 (10)
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers trailed 1-0, 3-1, and 5-3 in this game before rallying to win the game.

DATE: April 26
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Jose Amado
PITCHER: Scott Key
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jose Amado with an RBI single.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 4, Lansing 3
NOTE: Lansing tied the game 3-3 with a run in the top of the 9th

DATE: May 21
OPPONENT: Quad City River Bandits
BATTER: Jose Amado
PITCHER: Mike Walter
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jose Amado with a game winning sacrifice fly.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 5, Quad City 4
NOTE: Rattlers were down 4-3 going to the bottom of the ninth, but scored twice to win the game.

DATE: MAY 24
OPPONENT: Quad City River Bandits
BATTER: Luis Tinoco
PITCHER: Eric Smith
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 10-10 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Tinoco with an RBI single to drive in David Ortiz
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 11, Quad City 10 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers were down 10-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. They scored four in the eighth and six in the ninth to tie the game before Tinoco’s game winner

DATE: June 8
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars (Game 2 of doubleheader)
BATTER: David Oritz
PITCHER: Tony Castro
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 8th
GAME WINNING PLAY: David Ortiz walkoff homer!
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 3, Kane County 2
NOTES: David Ortiz ended this extra-inning game with the first walkoff homer in Timber Rattlers history.

DATE: July 7
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: David Ortiz
PITCHER: Sean Duncan
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Oritz with a bases loaded RBI single in the bottom of the ninth drove in Adonis Harrison.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 5, South Bend 4
NOTES: Ortiz went 5-for-5 with a homer and the game winning RBI single. Rattlers trailed 4-2 after South Bend scored four runs in the top of the eighth. Wisconsin scored one in the bottom of the eighth and two in the bottom of the ninth to rally for the win.

DATE: August 5
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Mike Hickey
PITCHER: Bob Pailthorpe
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Hickey with a bases loaded RBI single.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 5, Kane County 4
NOTES: Game story notes that Hickey’s game winning single was a bad hop single under the glove of first baseman Nate Rolison’s glove. It was also the second game at home for Hickey.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (4):

DATE: July 3
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Andy Collett
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: ????
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 4, Wisconsin 3 (14)
NOTE: HHHEEEELLLLLLLLLPPPPPP!!!

DATE: July 20
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Riverview Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Brent Iddon
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 4, Wisconsin 3 (10)
NOTE: HHHHHHEEEEEEELLLLLLLLPPPP!!

DATE: August 2
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
STADIUM Marinelli Field
BATTER: Bo Porter
PITCHER: Brent Iddon
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 5, Rockford 3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bo Porter hits a game-ending 3-run home run
FINAL SCORE: Rockford 6, Wisconsin 5
NOTE: Rattlers scored three runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead.

DATE: September 3
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: Vonachen Stadium
BATTER: Chris Haas
PITCHER: Brent Iddon
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Haas hits a 2-out pinch hit home run
FINAL SCORE: Peoria 2, Wisconsin 1
NOTE: This was Game One of the first round of the 1996 playoffs. The Rattlers tied the game 1-1 on an RBI double by Oritz in the top of the ninth.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

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