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Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

This week, we skip back in time to 1995, the first season of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

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…and The PC got a little lax in recording the boxscores at the end of that season.

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 HEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

To the list!

Luis Molina (pictured here with Lancaster in 1997) had the "walkoff" hit at least twice during the 1995 season.

Luis Molina (pictured here with Lancaster in 1997) had the “walkoff” hit at least twice during the 1995 season.

Joe Mathis scored the "walkoff" run at least twice during the 1995 Timber Rattlers season.

Joe Mathis (pictured here in 1996) scored the “walkoff” run at least twice during the 1995 Timber Rattlers season.

Timber Rattlers Walkoffs (3):

DATE: May 20
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
BATTER: Luis Molina
PITCHER: Mike Blais
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Molina’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth drives in Joe Mathis.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 2, Michigan 1
NOTES: This is the first walkoff victory in Timber Rattlers history.  Mathis had doubled in Wilson Delgado to tie the game moments earlier in the 9th.

DATE: June 5
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Marcus Mays
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ?????
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 4, Kane County 3
NOTE: One out in the bottom of the ninth when winning run scored. HEEELLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPP!!!!!

DATE: August 9
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Luis Molina
PITCHER: Cory Corrigan
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Luis Molina bloop single with 2 out scores Joe Mathis
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 3, Peoria 2 (12)
NOTES: Molina’s RBI single in the 12th gave him six straight games with an RBI. Wisconsin starting pitcher Derek Bieniasz had a perfect game through seven innings, but allowed a hit to start the eighth. Placido Palanco tied the game in the top of the ninth inning with an RBI double off John Thompson.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (8):

DATE: May 17
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Luis Castillo
PITCHER: Marino Santana
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: E4 on a potential game ending double play allowed two runs to score.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 3, Wisconsin 2
NOTES: Santana, Wisconsin’s starting pitcher, was going for a complete game and got the first out of the ninth. But, two walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases. Castillo grounded to short. The flip to second was in time, but the relay to first was wild and two runs scored for the Kane County win.

DATE: June 1 (Game 2 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Daniels
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ?????
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 6, Wisconsin 5 (9)
NOTES: Game two of the doubleheader went nine innings. Beloit tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

DATE: June 7
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Luis Castillo
PITCHER: Chris Beck
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Castillo’s bunt single with two out drove in Amauny Garcia.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 4, Wisconsin 3
NOTES: The Rattlers led 3-2 to start the bottom of the ninth, but committed two errors in the bottom of the ninth to set up the Kane County rally.

DATE: July 10
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Veterans Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Demond Smith
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 14, Cedar Rapids 13 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Demond Smith 2-out, 2-run home run
FINAL SCORE: Cedar Rapids 15, Wisconsin 14 (11)
NOTES: The Rattlers scored three in the top of the ninth to tie the game 11-11. Then, the Rattlers scored three runs in the top of the eleventh – on a three-run double by Luis Molina – for a 14-11 lead. Thompson retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the eleventh, but allowed a single. Then, Bret Hemphill hit a two-run homer. Thompson hit the next batter and Smith followed with a two-run walkoff homer.

This really happened.

Proof that this really happened.

DATE: July 28
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: C. O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 3, Wisconsin 2 (10)
NOTES: John Daniels allowed a runner to reach base to start the tenth. Thompson came on in relief and allowed the winning run to score.

DATE: July 29
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: C. O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 6, Wisconsin 5
NOTES: The Rattlers were up 5-0, but the Battle Cats scored three runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth to win. Thompson allowed an inherited runner to score. At least that’s what I think happened. The boxscore is tough to read/decipher.

It gets a little foggy in the section on pitchers.

It gets a little foggy in the section on the Rattlers pitchers.

DATE: August 25
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Daniels
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 5, Wisconsin 4 (10)
NOTE: Rattlers had tied the game with two runs in the top of the 9th

DATE: August 30
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Todd Dunwoody
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Dunwoody’s 2-out RBI single drove in Hayward Cook.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 2, Wisconsin 1 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers had a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, but a 2-out RBI single by Tony Darden drove in Walter White with the tying run that sent the game to extra innings.

I am pretty sure this was not the Walter White who scored the winning run against the Timber Rattlers on August 30, 1995

I am pretty sure this was not the Walter White who scored the winning run against the Timber Rattlers on August 30, 1995.

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Past Walkoff Wednesdays:

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 (2007 season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

The 2007 Timber Rattlers finished the season 53-85 overall. But, nine of their 53 wins were walkoffs.

A few of the Rattlers involved in their NINE walkoff wins during the 2007 season.

A few of the Rattlers involved in their NINE walkoff wins during the 2007 season.

Timber Rattlers Walkoffs (9):

DATE: April 18
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Greg Halman
PITCHER: Adam Revelette
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded single by Halman scores Ougi Diaz
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 3, Beloit 2
NOTES: The Rattlers had runners on first and second with one out in the 11th and the Snappers elected to walk Carlos Triunfel intentionally to get to Greg Halman. Whoops.

DATE: May 13 (Game two of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Andy Hargrove
PITCHER: Jeremy Papelbon
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 8th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Andy Hargrove’s two-out, two-run homer!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Peoria 3
NOTES: Papelbon struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the eighth. Then, Danny Santin squeaked out a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Juan Beltran. Hargrove belted a 1-2 pitch for a no doubt home run for the win!

DATE: June 1
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Kuo Hui Lo
PITCHER: Aaron Hartsock
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 13th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Lo’s bases loaded sacrifice fly drives in pinch runner Trevor Lawhorn
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 2, Burlington 1
NOTES: Lawhorn barely beat the throw from Burlington right fielder O.D. Gonzalez to score the winning run. Bees announcer Randy Wehofer lost it after this play and for a good fifteen minutes after the game. Randy NEVER lost it. He may have had a point because, it was a really, really close play.

DATE: July 28
OPPONENT: Great Lakes Loons
BATTER: Jair Fernandez
PITCHER: Joe Jones
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Jair Fernandez scored Ron Garth with winning run
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Great Lakes 3
NOTES: Ricky Orta had a 1-0 lead going to the top of the seventh inning in the regularly scheduled game – the conclusion of a suspended game had been played before the start of this one. But, he gave up an RBI single and a two-run homer and the Rattlers were down 3-1 heading to the bottom of their last at bat. Calvin Beamon singled. Lo tripled him home. Liddi’s sacrifice fly got Lo home with the tying run. The Loons got the next two outs, but Garth and Reed Eastley singled to keep the inning going. Jair Fernandez followed with the game winner on the first pitch to complete the comeback.

DATE: August 8

OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Ron Garth
PITCHER: Danny Vais
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Ron Garth
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Beloit 4
NOTES: Garth had hit a two-run homer in the first inning to drive in Lo. Lo tripled to lead off the ninth inning and scored on the game winning hit by Garth.

DATE: August 12

OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
BATTER: Alex Liddi
PITCHER: Casey Fien
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Error by Fien on a sacrifice bunt by Liddi lets Ron Garth score from second
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, West Michigan 4
NOTES: Garth doubled to start the inning. Fien threw wildly after the bunt by Liddi and the Rattlers celebrated.

DATE: August 21

OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Alex Liddi
PITCHER: Jayson Ruhlman
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Liddi scoresLo.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Peoria 4
NOTES: The Chiefs tied the game in the top of the ninth. Lo doubled on the second pitch of his at bat to leadoff the tenth. Liddi followed with an RBI single on the first pitch of his at bat to drive in the winning run.

DATE: September 2 (Game one of doubleheader)

OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Calvin Beamon
PITCHER: Sam Demel
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Beamon draws a bases loaded walk to force in Gavin Dickey with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Kane County 3
NOTES: Beamon scored the tying run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth. Dickey reached on a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Guy Welsh. Juan Beltran was walked intentionally and Juan Diaz walked on four straight pitches to load the bases. Beamon drew his walk on a 3-2 pitch.

DATE: September 3

OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Jamie McOwen
PITCHER: Derrick Gordon
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Scoreless tie in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Beamon scores by jarring the ball loose from catcher Gustavo Rosendo on a play at the plate.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 1, Kane County 0
NOTES: This was the final game of the season.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (6):

DATE: April 16
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Veterans Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Matt Sweeney
PITCHER: Natividad Dilone
SCORE BEFORE THE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded RBI single by Sweeney on an 0-2 pitch drives in Peter Bourjos.
FINAL SCORE: Cedar Rapids 4, Timber Rattlers 3
NOTE: Gavin Dickey had tied the game 3-3 with an RBI double in the top of the seventh.

DATE: April 19
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Greg Yersich
PITCHER: Joe Kantekevich
SCORE BEFORE THE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: A 2-out error on third baseman Leury Bonilla allowed Joe Benson to score the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 3, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: Wisconsin had a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. The Rattlers scored twice in the eighth (RBI double by Bonilla and a sacrifice fly by Jair Fernandez) to go up 2-1. But, Johnny Woodard had a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. Then, Bonilla threw wildly to first for an error to let the winning run score. This was the third walkoff in four games.

DATE: April 21
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
STADIUM: Fifth Third Bank Ballpark
BATTER: Scott Sizemore
PITCHER: Natividad Dilone
SCORE BEFORE THE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded single by Sizemore drives in Deik Scram
FINAL SCORE: West Michigan 4, Timber Rattlers 3
NOTE: The Rattlers held a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Dilone gave up a single, sacrifice bunt, and single to put runners on the corners. Gorkys Hernandez drove in the tying run with a single. Louis Ott drew a walk. Sizemore ended the game with a single on the first pitch of his at bat. This was the fourth walkoff in six games (One for and three against).

DATE: May 11
OPPONENT: Great Lakes Loons
STADIUM: Dow Diamond
BATTER: Adolfo Gonzalez
PITCHER: Rollie Gibson
SCORE BEFORE THE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Error by third baseman Alex Liddi allows Bridger Hunt to score the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Great Lakes 6, Timber Rattlers 5
NOTE: The Rattlers had a 5-4 lead going to the bottom of the ninth. Rob Harmon walked Scott Van Slyke, the leadoff batter. Rollie Gibson entered and got a sacrifice bunt. Bridger Hunt tied the game with an RBI single. Hunt stole second. Gibson struck out Matt Berezay and got Gonzalez to send a grounder to third. But, Liddi’s throw was wild and Hunt scored the winning run.

DATE: July 19
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Eli Tintor
PITCHER: Mike Wagner
SCORE BEFORE THE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Eli Tintor hit a two-run home run
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 4, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: Beloit tied the game with a run off Shawn Kelley in the seventh inning. Kelley got the first out of the ninth inning. Wagner came into the game and gave up a double to Matt Betsill and the home run to Tintor on five pitches. Game over.

DATE: August 2
OPPONENT: Dayton Dragons
STADIUM: Fifth Third Field
BATTER: Keltavious Jones
PITCHER: Steve Richard
SCORE BEFORE THE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Pinch-hit RBI double by Jones
FINAL SCORE: Dayton 2, Timber Rattlers 1
NOTE: Richard got the first out of the ninth, but walked the next two batters. Jones came on to pinch-hit. He lined a 3-2 pitch deep to right. Leury Bonilla raced back, reached out, got a glove on the ball, stumbled, and crashed head first into the outfield wall. Bonilla stayed down on the ground as the Dragons raced around the bases. Manager Jim Horner was out in right field while Dayton celebrated. Bonilla stayed down for several minutes, but eventually walked off the field on his own power. This is the scariest walkoff play I’ve ever witnessed.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:

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 (2006 season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

The 2006 season takes center stage this week.  This team may not have made the playoffs.  This team may have lost a team record 86 games.  But, they were involved in a lot of close games.

These close games included twelve walkoffs – six for and six against.  There were also four walkoff homers – three four and one against.

A very rare walkoff is included in the Rattlers list.  A walkoff home run to end a game and a no-hit bid.

Alex Gary, Eddy Hernandez, and Bryan Sabatella from the '06 Rattlers.

Alex Gary, Eddy Hernandez, and Bryan Sabatella from the ’06 Rattlers.

Timber Rattlers Walkoffs (6):

DATE: April 19
OPPONENT: Southwest Michigan Devil Rays
BATTER: Bryan Sabatella
PITCHER: Greg Dupas
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Southwest Michigan 3, Timber Rattlers 2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two runs score when third baseman Matt Devins threw wildly to first to get Sabatella on what would have been the final out of the game.
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 4, Southwest Michigan 3
NOTES: The Rattlers were down 3-0, but scored twice in the eighth and got the two-run gift in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.  Eddy Hernandez, who was hit by a pitch with one out, scored easily from third.  Pinch runner Alex Gary raced home from first base with the winning run.

DATE: May 21
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER:  Ron Garth
PITCHER:  Eliezer Garcia
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Ron Garth’s pinch-hit leadoff home run!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Burlington 3
NOTES: Ron Garth is awesome!  The Rattlers were wearing their Pink Jerseys on this Sunday because the date they were to wear them (May 14) was rained out. 

DATE: July 17
OPPONENT: Swing of the Quad Cities
BATTER: Eddy Hernandez
PITCHER:  Jason Cairns
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: A two-out RBI single by Eddy Hernandez scored pinch runner Alex Gary with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 2, Quad Cities 1
NOTES: The names Alex Gary and Eddy Hernandez are sure popping up a lot in 2006.

DATE: July 25
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: Alex Gary
PITCHER: Kyler Newby
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Pinch runner Juan Guzman scored from third on a wild pitch
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 7, South Bend 6
NOTES:  The Rattlers mounted their game winning rally without putting a ball in play during the entire tenth inning.  Johan Limonta walked to start the inning.  Guzman went all the way to third on an errant pickoff throw by Newby.  Then: Intentional walk to Ron Garth; Strikeout of Travis Scott; Intentional walk to Jeff Flaig; Wild pitch on a 1-0 pitch to Gary gets Guzman home.

DATE: August 6
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Johan Limonta
PITCHER: David Shinskie
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 10-10 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Johan Limonta hits a game winning solo homer!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 11, Beloit 10
NOTES: Beloit had tied the game 10-10 with a two-out, two-run home run by Tarrence Patterson in the top of the eighth.

DATE: August 25
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Curtis Ledbetter
PITCHER: Jake Rasner
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Scoreless tie in the bottom of the 8th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Curt Ledbetter with a solo home run!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 1, Clinton 0
NOTES: This game was scheduled for seven innings because the game on August 24 had been suspended and needed to be completed on August 25.  But, that’s not the important part of this game.  The important part of this game was that Jake Rasner had a no-hitter going through seven innings.  He had faced one over the minimum.  A runner had reached on an error in the third, but was erased on a double play.  Johan Limonta had reached on a walk in the fifth for the other Wisconsin base runner.  But, the LumberKings offense could not score on five hits through the first seven innings or with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth.  Ledbetter ended the game – and the no-hit bid – with a home run on the first pitch of the eighth.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (6):

DATE: April 11
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM:  Pohlman Field
BATTER: Eric Lis
PITCHER: Ruben Flores
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:  Timber Rattlers led 10-9 in the bottom of the 12th
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 11, Timber Rattlers 10
GAME WINNING PLAY:  Two-run home run by Eric Lis.
NOTES:  This game was…frustrating.  JB Tucker broke an 8-8 tie with solo homer in the top of the ninth off Eddie Morlan.  Edgar Guaramato came on in the bottom of the ninth and it went like this: Hit Batsman, Wild Pitch, Walk, Error on Guaramato on a sac bunt that allowed the tying run to score, and intentional walk to load the bases.  How the game didn’t end in the ninth is a miracle.  Tuckner led off the twelfth with his second homer of the game and the Rattlers were up 10-9.  But, Ruben Flores allowed a single to Paul Kelly and the home run to Lis.

DATE: May 29
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Miguel Vega
PITCHER: Ruben Flores
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 3, Timber Rattlers 2
GAME WINNING PLAY: Flores threw wildly to first on a dribbler up the third base line.  Chris McConnell scored from second as the ball rolled down the right field line.
NOTES:  The Burlington Bees have a copyright on this Walkoff play.  Every time a team wins on an E-1 Throwing © the Bees get $10.  It’s the law.

DATE: July 2
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
STADIUM: Fifth Third Ballpark
BATTER: Cory Middleton
PITCHER: Lance Beus
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th
FINAL SCORE: West Michigan 5, Timber Rattlers 4
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded RBI single by Middleton with two outs scored Cameron Maybin with the winning run.
NOTES:  The Timber Rattlers tied the game 4-4 on a three-run home run by Alex Gary in the top of the ninth inning. 

DATE: July 3
OPPONENT: Southwest Michigan Devil Rays
STADIUM: C.O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: Cesar Suarez
PITCHER: Austin Bibens-Dirkx
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 4, Southwest Michigan 3
FINAL SCORE: Southwest Michigan 5, Timber Rattlers 4
GAME WINNING PLAY: A two-out, two-run double by Cesar Suarez.
NOTES: The Rattlers were behind 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning when Eddy Hernandez hit a two-run home run to put the Rattlers in front. This was the second day in a row the Rattlers lost on a walkoff.  This loss dropped the Rattlers to 2-12 in the second half of the 2006 season.  It was also their fifth straight loss in what turned out to be a nine game losing streak.

DATE: July 23
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Josh Johnson
PITCHER: Lance Beus
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 2, Timber Rattlers 1
GAME WINNING PLAY:  E-1 Throwing ©
NOTES: I was serious about that whole copyright thing.  This time, the first two batters reached in the bottom of the tenth.  Josh Johnson bunted up the third baseline.  Bues fielded and fired wildly to first allowing Valentino Arce to score the winning run.

DATE: August 30
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: O’Brien Field
BATTER: Yusuf Carter
PITCHER: Ruben Flores
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 10th
FINAL SCORE: Peoria 8, Timber Rattlers 7
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded RBI single by Carter scored Jesus Valdez with the winning run.
NOTES: The Rattlers led 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth.  Brian Kappel hit Valerio Heredia to start the inning.  Heredia stole second, went to third on a sac bunt, and scored the tying run on a single by Kyle Reynolds.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:

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 (2005 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

Time to cover the 2005 season…aka The last season the Rattlers made the playoffs before 2012.

This season was covered – at least for the Rattlers - in this post back in June.  But, I wanted to get into a bit more depth than was handled at the time.  So, here we go.

There were lots of Rattlers walkoff wins – including a series ending walkoff, during 2005.  But, opposing teams made a lot of mistakes with the game on the line, too.  Opposing teams were also held to only two walkoff wins over the Rattlers.  Unfortunately, one of those walkoffs was the most ridiculous one against the Rattlers….ever!

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (9):

Matt Tuiasosopo had the first walkoff homer of the season for the 2005 Timber Rattlers.

Mike Wilson was involved in a LOT of walkoff plays for the 2005 Timber Rattlers. One was a playoff series winning homer against Beloit.

DATE: April 13
OPPONENT: Swing of the Quad Cities
BATTER: Matt Tuiasosopo
PITCHER: Michael Gross
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 11th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Leadoff home run by Tuiasosopo!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Swing 3
NOTES: The Rattlers trailed 2-0 after a pair of errors by Tuiasosopo in the top of the sixth eventually led two a pair of Quad Cities runs.  Wisconsin got on the scoreboard with a run in the seventh.  Tuiasosopo tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.  He drilled a 2-2 pitch for his first homer as a Rattler and the game winning home run.

DATE: April 22
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER:  Rob Johnson
PITCHER: Nate Moore
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Oswaldo Navarro scores from third on a wild pitch with two outs.
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 5, Burlington 4
NOTES: Brandon Green tripled and David Hall drove in pinch runner Carlos Arroyo to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth.  Navarro was hit by a pitch to start the eleventh and Josh Womack followed with a single.  A fielder’s choice and a strikeout left Navarro at third and Yung Chi Chen at first with two outs.  Moore’s second pitch to Johnson went to the backstop and Navarro scored the winning run.

DATE: April 24
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Yung Chi Chen
PITCHER: Steven Duguay
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Yung Chi Chen draws a bases loaded walk to force in Oswaldo Navarro with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Beloit 4
NOTES: Jack Arroyo tied the game in the seventh with a two-out, two-run single.  The ninth started with Brian Schweiger drawing a walk and Navarro taking his place as a pinch runner.  Brent Johnson dropped a sacrifice bunt.  Arroyo was walked intentionally.  Josh Womack singled to load the bases.  Chen drew a four pitch walk to force in the game winner.

DATE: July 4
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Mike Wilson
PITCHER: Kyle Asleton
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 13th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Wilson draws a bases loaded walk to force in Chris Colton with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 7, Beloit 6
NOTES: Wilson had tied the game 6-6 with a 2-out RBI double in the seventh inning.  Aaron Jensen was the starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  He allowed five runs on FOURTEEN HITS in 6-2/3 innings.  He actually left the game with a 5-4 lead.  But Ivan Blanco allowed an inherited runner score and one of his own to cross the plate in the seventh. Asleton gave up a double to Colton to start the thirteenth.  Josh Womack fouled out on a bunt attempt.  Then, Asleton walked Yung Chi Chen intentionally, Marshall Hubbard on four pitches, and Mike Wilson on a 3-2 pitch for the game winner.

DATE: July 22
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Brent Johnson
PITCHER: Mark Roberts
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 10th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Brent Johnson RBI single.
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 7, Clinton 6
NOTES: The Rattlers led 6-4 with one out and the bases loaded in the top of the ninth.  Eric O’Flaherty came on to get a strikeout for out number two.  But, Tuiasosopo committed an error to allow the tying runs to score.  In the tenth, Chris Colton walked to start the inning.  A sacrifice bunt by Oswaldo Navarro moved Colton into scoring position.  Then, Brent Johnson singled to center to drive in Colton with the winning run.

DATE: July 27 (Game 1 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Chris Colton
PITCHER: Tomas Cabaniel
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 7th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Throwing error on catcher Raul Padron allowed Jack Arroyo to score.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Kane County 4
NOTES: Yung Chi Chen tied the game with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.  Brent Johnson started the bottom of the seventh with a double, but he was out at third when Jack Arroyo tried to bunt him over.  Arroyo stole second with Colton at the plate.  Arroyo stole third on a 1-2 pitch and scored when Padron’s throw sailed into left field.

DATE: August 2
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: Mike Wilson
PITCHER: Esmerling Vasquez
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Wilson RBI single.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 8, South Bend 7
NOTES: Vasquez entered the game with runners at first and second with one out in the ninth.  He threw a wild pitch to move Brent Johnson to third and Yung Chi Chen to second.  Wilson fouled off three two-strike pitches before dropping a single to center on a 3-2 pitch to drive in the winning run.

DATE: August 9
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
BATTER: Josh Womack
PITCHER: Miguel Gonzalez
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Error by Alexis Casilla allows Mike Wilson to score winning run from second base.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 6, Cedar Rapids 5
NOTES: The Kernels tied the game 5-5 with three runs in the top of the eighth inning.  Mike Wilson did not get the start in this game.  He came on as a pinch-hitter for DH Jeff Clement in the bottom of the eighth.  Wilson singled to start the eleventh, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Oswaldo Navarro, and scored when Casilla booted Womack’s grounder.

DATE: September 9
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Mike Wilson
PITCHER: JP Martinez
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Wilson hits a two-run walkoff homer!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Beloit 2
NOTES: This was Game Three of the first round playoff series between the Timber Rattlers and Snappers.  The Rattlers had a 2-0 lead early, but Johnny Woodard hit a two-run homer off Robert Rohrbaugh in the top of the fifth to tie the game.  The score stayed tied until the tenth.  Oswaldo Navarro singled to start the bottom of the tenth.  Jeff Clement struck out.  Then, Wilson cleared the scoreboard in left-center for a series winning home run!

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (2):

DATE: May 3
OPPONENT: Southwest Michigan Devil Rays
STADIUM: C.O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: John Asanovich
PITCHER: Eric O’Flaherty
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th.
FINAL SCORE: Southwest Michigan 4, Timber Rattlers 3
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Asanovich
NOTES: The Rattlers had a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.  Mumba Rivera (7.0) and Roman Martinez (1.0) had allowed a run on four hits in the first eight innings.  Then, O’Flaherty walked the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth.  After a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third, O’Flaherty gave up three straight RBI singles to Tommy Nichols, Craig Markel, and Asanovich.

DATE: June 1
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Veterans Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Michael Collins
PITCHER: Craig James
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th.
FINAL SCORE: Cedar Rapids 4, Timber Rattlers 3
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Michael Collins
NOTES: This was the most ridiculous walkoff ever.  The Kernels got consecutive singles to start the bottom f the tenth inning.  James struck out the next two batters.  Collins sent an easy grounder to Asdrubal Cabrera at shortstop.  The ball hit a pebble – or something – about ten feet in front of Cabrera.  The ball bounded over Cabrera’s head into left-center and Alexis Casilla scored the most undeserved game-winning run ever.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

Time to cover the 2004 season.

The Rattlers had a rough year on the field in 2004.  That included walkoff victories.  The ’04 Rattlers had many close calls, but…

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (3):

Clockwise from Top Left: Chris Colton, Justin Ruchti, & Oswaldo Navarro.

The Rattlers had one in May against Cedar Rapids and didn’t record another until consecutive walkoffs on July 26 & 27 against the Beloit Snappers.  But, those aren’t the full details.  Those are……..NOW!

DATE: May 18
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
BATTER: Oswaldo Navarro
PITCHER: Bob Zimmerman
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Error by third baseman Matt Brown allowed winning run to score from second
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 3, Cedar Rapids 2
NOTES: Eric Blakeley started the inning with a double.  Navarro did not get the first two bunt attempts down.  Manager Steve Roadcap made Navarro bunt again on an 0-2 count.  Brown fired the ball wildly to first base and into right field.  Blakeley scored easily and the Rattlers won to go to 17-22 on the season.
 
DATE: July 26
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Chris Colton
PITCHER: Tim Dillard
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Chris Colton RBI single
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 3, Beloit 2
NOTES: The Timber Rattlers had a 2-2 lead in the top of the ninth inning.  Jason Mackintosh was going for a complete game victory.  He had 95 pitches through eight inning.  Vinny Rottino hit a solo home run on an 0-1 pitch to start the ninth and tie the game 2-2.  Mike Hrynio entered the game and retired the next three batters.  Eric Blakeley singled to start the ninth, went to second on a grounder, and scored on the single by Colton. 
 
DATE: July 27
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Justin Ruchti
PITCHER: Greg Kloosterman
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Justin Ruchti singled to drive in the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Beloit 4
NOTES: Don Money, the manager of the Snappers, was sooooooooooo angry after this game.  He and his coaching staff felt they were getting – pardon the language – screwed by the official scorer.  There was a game earlier in the series in which a call was debated in the press box for almost an hour after the game.  Wladimir Balentien doubled with one out in the ninth.  Then, Ruchti’s sharply hit grounder for the game winning hit skipped past third baseman Adam Heether to let Balentien score the winning run.  There were a few choice profanities from the Beloit coaching staff when they were told the play was a single for Ruchti.
 
OPPONENT WALKOFFS (5):
 
DATE: May 30
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: O’Brien Field
BATTER: Tyler Parker
PITCHER: Juan Ovalles
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Tyler Parker with an RBI single.
FINAL SCORE: Peoria 3, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTES:  Lefty Casey Abrams entered the game to face lefty Daric Barton to leadoff the bottom of the ninth.  He walked Barton and was replaced by Juan Ovalles.  Sacrifice bunt, intentional walk, and Parker followed with his single to drive in pinch runner Anthony Monegan.
 
DATE: June 19
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Alliant Energy Field
BATTER: Abigail Sandoval
PITCHER: Brian Stitt
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the 9th
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 4, Timber Rattlers 3
GAME WINNING PLAY: Abigail Sandoval drove in winning run with a single.
NOTES: Mike Hrynio walked Emerson Frostad with one out in the bottom of the ninth and was replaced by Brian Stitt.  A walk to Larry Grayson was followed by the game winning hit by Sandoval.
 
DATE:  July 6
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Phil Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Brian Ingram
PITCHER: Brad Rose
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the 9th
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 8, Timber Rattlers 7
GAME WINNING PLAY: Brian Ingram with a two-out RBI single
NOTES: The Rattlers had tied the game 7-7 when Josh Womack scored from first base after a throwing error by pitcher JR Pickens after a sacrifice bunt attempt by Nick Orlandos.
 
DATE: July 7
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Phil Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Trevor Brown
PITCHER: Brian Stitt
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 2, Kane County 1 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Brown hit a two-run double with one out in the bottom of the tenth.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 3, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTES: The Rattlers took a 2-1 lead with a solo home run by Michael Cox in the top of the tenth.  Stitt gave up two singles (one to Brian Snyder and one to Vasili Spanos) to start the bottom of the tenth.  The Rattlers got a 5-6 force at third (Eric Blakeley to Adam Jones) on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Dustin Majewski.  But, Brown doubled to drive in two for the Cougars comeback.
 
DATE: August 1
OPPONENT: Battle Creek Yankees
STADIUM: CO Brown Stadium
BATTER: Erold Andrus
PITCHER: Chad Fillinger
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the tenth
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single with the bases loaded by Andrus
NOTES:  The Rattlers had tied the game with two runs in the top of the ninth inning on RBI by Bryan LaHair and Chris Colton.  Chad Fillinger gave up a single and a walk to start the bottom of the tenth.  The Rattlers pulled off another 5-6 putout on a sacrifice bunt attempt to get the lead runner.  But, Fillinger walked the next batter to load the bases.  Andrus singled on a 1-0 pitch to drive in Enrique Cruz from third with the winning run.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoffs 2005-2012

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

This week we head back to 2003.

The 2003 season featured an Opening Day walkoff, consecutive home games with extra-inning walkoffs against two different opponents, and – four walkoffs without hits.

The 2003 Timber Rattlers went 69-66 in the regular season before losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Beloit Snappers.  They had future major leaguers Rene Rivera and TJ Bohn, but watch for the names Gary Harris and Corey Harrington to pop up often in the game winning plays.

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (9):

DATE: April 9 – Game one of doubleheader
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Gary Harris
PITCHER: Franco Peezly
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:Tied  1-1 in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Gary Harris drives in Carlos Arroyo with RBI single in bottom of the seventh.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 2, Clinton 1
NOTES:  This was the first game of the 2003 season.  The Timber Rattlers were supposed to open on April 3 against the Beloit Snappers.  The first four games of the season were snowed out.  Then, the games scheduled against Clinton on April 7 and 8 were postponed because of weather issues.  The season finally started with a doubleheader on April 9.  Game one started at 1:05pm.  It ended after the Rattlers rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the seventh.  Michael Garciaparra scored the tying run on a throwing error after a bunt by Arroyo.  Harris knocked in Arroyo moments later for the win.

DATE: April 22
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
BATTER: Gary Harris
PITCHER: Austin Bilke
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Scoreless tie in the bottom of the 13th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Eric Aybar commits an error to allow Corey Harrington to score.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 1, Cedar Rapids 0 in 13 innings
NOTES: The bases were loaded with one out.  The Kernels infield was in to force Harrington at the plate.  Harris hit the ball right at Aybar.  But, the Kernels shortstop fired the ball to the backstop and Harrington scored for the 1-0 victory.
 
DATE: April 24
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: Dustin Delucchi
PITCHER: Sam Taulli
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 13th inning
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out RBI single by Delucchi drive in Harrington.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 3, South Bend 2
NOTES: There was an off day for the Rattlers on April 23, so this would be the consecutive walkoff games in this season.  Harrington doubled and went to third on a sac bunt to start the inning.  Harris had a chance to win the game, but struck out for the second out of the inning.  Then, Delucchi singled on a 1-0 pitch for the win.
 
DATE: April 27
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: TJ Bohn
PITCHER: Enrique Gonzalez
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 12-12 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: TJ Bohn leadoff homer in the tenth!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 13, South Bend 12
NOTES: South Bend scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 12-7 lead.  The Rattlers tied the game in the bottom of the eighth with five runs.  Bohn hit a three-run h0mer in the eighth to make the score 12-11.  Bohn had one of the all-time great single game performances by a Rattler in this contest.  He went 4-for-5 with a single, double, two homers, three runs, five RBI, and a stolen base.  Add in that one of the homers was the walkoff homer and that is a really, really good day.

 
DATE: May 16
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Michael Garciaparra
PITCHER:  Jason Wylie
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the tenth
GAME WINNING PLAY: Matt Hagen scores on a wild pitch
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Lansing 3
NOTES: Rattlers were down 3-2 heading to the bottom of the tenth.  Hagen drove in the tying run – Jon Nelson – with a one-out double, took third on a grounder, and scored on a two-out wild pitch.
 
DATE: June 4
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
BATTER: Gary Harris
PITCHER: Nobuaki Yoshida
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the 14th inning
GAME WINNING PLAY: Fort Wayne first baseman Paul McAnulty committed an error on a grounder off the bat of Gary Harris to let Corey Harrington score the game winning run with no outs in the 14th.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 2, Fort Wayne 1
NOTES: Harrington started the 14th inning with a single.  Then, McAnulty committed an error on a sacrifice bunt by Dustin Delucchi on the play prior to the walkoff.
 
DATE: August 5
OPPONENT: Quad City River Bandits
BATTER: Rene Rivera
PITCHER: TJ Prunty
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: TJ Bohn scores from third on a wild pitch
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 2, Quad City 1
NOTES: This game doesn’t get to extra innings without Gary Harris.  He drove in the tying run with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth off Justin Olson. 
 
DATE: August 7
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Gary Harris
PITCHER: Bo Hall
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Ties 2-2 in the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out RBI single by Harris drives in Arroyo
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 3, Beloit 2
NOTES: TA Fulmer was the starting pitcher for the Rattlers in this game.  He had a 2-0 lead through seven innings.  But, Beloit tied the game with two runs in the eighth (SAC FLY by Chas Terni and 2-out RBI single by Calix Crabbe).  Fulmer got out of the eighth and pitched a scoreless ninth to set up the possibility of a walkoff win.  This was the fifth and final complete game of the season for Fulmer.
 
DATE: August 24
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Brent Metheny
PITCHER: Nate Hoelscher
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out RBI single by Brent Metheny scores TJ Bohn.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 6, Burlington 5
NOTES: The Rattlers were down 5-1 heading to the bottom of the ninth.  They scored five runs in their last at bat to claim their final walkoff win of 2003.  This game is also notable for the Timber Rattlers debut of Felix Hernandez.  The future Cy Young Award winner would have taken the loss in this game if the Rattlers had not rallied in the 9th.
 

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (4):

DATE: April 15 – Game one of doubleheader
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Steve Moss
PITCHER: Oscar Delgado
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Steve Moss drove in pinch-runner John Vanden Berg with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 4, Timber Rattlers 3
NOTES: The Rattlers took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh when Arroyo scored on an error.  They held that lead until there were two outs in the bottom of the seventh.  That was when Callix Crabbe pushed the game to extra innings with an RBI double off Rich Dorman.
 
DATE: May 3
OPPONENT: Dayton Dragons
STADIUM: Fifth Third Field
BATTER: Dominique Lewis
PITCHER: Bryan Heaston
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Dominique Lewis hits an RBI single with one out to drive in Junior Ruiz.
FINAL SCORE: Dayton 4, Timber Rattlers 3
NOTES: The Rattlers had tied the game in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Gary Harris to score Tim Merritt and make the score 3-3.  The game tying hit by Harris was off Todd Coffey.
 
DATE: August 18
OPPONENT: Battle Creek Yankees
STADIUM: C. O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: Gabe Lopez
PITCHER: Dave Viane
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Lopez singles with one out to drive in Joaquin Arias for the win.
FINAL SCORE: Battle Creek 4, Timber Rattlers 3
NOTES: The Rattlers had a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th inning.  Greg Wear, who had pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, gave up a leadoff single in the ninth.  Oscar Delgado entered and gave up a single, but got a force at third on a sacrifice bunt attempt to a pair of lefties.  Then, Dave Viane entered the game.  He gave up an RBI single to Arias, threw a wild pitch, and issued an intentional walk to load the bases.  A walk to pinch-hitter Sandy Madera forced in the tying run.  Lopez singled in the winning run moments later.
 
DATE: August 30
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Phil Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Brant Colamarino
PITCHER: Brandon Moorhead
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded RBI single by Colamarino to score Nick Rogers with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 6, Timber Rattlers 5
NOTES: The Rattlers had a 5-4 lead going to the bottom of the ninth.  Moorhead struck out the first batter in the bottom of the ninth.  But, a single and two walks loaded the bases.  John McCurdy drew the third consecutive walk – this one a 4-pitch free pass – from Moorhead to force in the tying run.  Then, Colamarino delivered his game winning hit.

Past Walkoff Entries:

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoffs 2005-2012

1994 Foxes Home Games (#3 – April 16 v. Fort Wayne)

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: April 16
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Tim Harikkala
OPPOSING STARTING PITCHER: Russell Lehoisky
TRIVIA:  Home Game #3 of the 1994 Foxes season was a 7-inning game.  It followed the conclusion of the game that was suspended on April 15.
ATTENDANCE: 499

 

FOXES LINEUP:
Marcus Studivant – LF
Manny Patel – 2B
Alex Rodriguez – DH
David Lawson – RF
Jason Cook – 3B
Alex Sutherland – C
James Clifford – 1B
Giomar Guevara – SS
Mike Barger – CF

FORT WAYNE LINE UP:
Jason Baker – LF
Danny Venezia – 2B
Ryan Radmonovich – 3B
Tim Costic – 1B
Chad Rupp – DH
Tom Knauss – RF
James Mott – SS
Ben Jones – CF
Scott Stricklin – C

This game started at 7:05pm, a little over thirty minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game from April 15.  Official scorer Jim Youngwerth notes Windy/Brisk in the weather box, but does not indicate a temperature.  Brisk will have to do.

The Wizards scored a pair of runs in the second inning.  The first scored an error by second baseman Manny Patel during a rundown.  The second run scored on an error by first baseman James Clifford.

Foxes starting pitcher Tim Harikkala went into shutdown mode after that.  He allowed two hits, one walk, and no runs the rest of the way in the seven inning game.

Appleton’s offense got going in the fourth.  Russell Lehoisky, who escaped a bases loaded, one out jam in the bottom of the second with a double play, walked Jason Cook and Alex Sutherland with one out in the fourth.  Clifford made up for his error with an RBI single.  A walk to Giomar Guevara loaded the bases and brought Mike Barger, the #9 hitter in the order, to the plate.

SUICIDE SQUEEZE!

Barger got it down and Sutherland with the tying run.

The game stayed tied to the last of the seventh.  Alex Rodriguez singled to start the inning.  David Lawson followed with a single to put runners on first and second with Cook due up next.

A-Rod went to steal third…and got caught for the first out.

Cook picked up Rodriguez with a single to score Lawson from second with the winning run!

Jason Cook, the first Walkoff Hero for the Appleton Foxes of 1994!

FOXES OF THE GAME:
Jason Cook 2-for-2, 2 walks, run scores, GW RBI
Tim Harikkala 7IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K, Winning Pitcher

NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-3, BB, K, SB, CS
Raul Ibanez: DNP

Jason Cook was a 55th round pick of the Mariners in the 1993 draft.  He played 51 games for the Foxes in 1994 and repeated the Midwest League as a Timber Rattler in 1995.  Cook made it as high as AA Memphis in 1997.

Tim Harikkala made the big leagues with the Mariners in 1995 & 1996, Boston in 1999, Colorado in 2004, and Oakland in 2005 & 2007.  His last appearance in an affiliated league was when he pitched three games for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League in December of 2010.

Harikkala has kept his hand in the local game.  This link goes to the old blog and the link there goes to a dead story on The Post-Crescent website, but you get the idea.

“Pitching here is a little different from pro ball,” said Harikkala, a married man like Gassner with two children. “You’re not as locked in, not as focused and you don’t worry as much when he give up a hit. It’s a lot of fun, but my competitiveness still comes out a little too much. I’m used to baseball being a seven-day-a-week thing. I didn’t know if I could just come out and pitch on Sundays.

“But you get to the point where you’d rather be with the family. You’re gone so much when you’re playing professionally. I used to bring my family along when the kids were younger or out of school, but it was tough when they were in school. You don’t want to be packing them up and moving them around every three months.”

Click for the PDFs:

April16FortWayneSheet

April16FoxesSheet

April161994Boxscore

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

Let’s head back to the 2002 season.  The Rattlers had future major leaguers like Shin-soo Choo and Greg Dobbs, but it missed the playoffs for the first time since the 1995 season.

This edition of the Timber Rattlers finished with a 53-86 record, including a 23-47 record in the second half.

NOTE: I was busy with the Green Bay Gamblers hockey team (end of regular season and playoff run) for the first month of the season, so I missed some games. However, Mike Antonellis, the Kane County Cougars announcer in 2002, has filled in the blank on the game at Kane County on April 13.  If you want to thank Mike – the radio announcer for the Portland Sea Dogs – for his contribution to this project, please visit his blog Inside the Clubhouse with Mike Antonellis.

2002:
Timber Rattlers Walkoffs (3):

Sean Peless hit the only walkoff home run for the Rattlers in 2002.

DATE: April 16
OPPONENT: Quad City River Bandits
BATTER: Sean Peless
PITCHER: Matt Vorwald
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Sean Peless hits a two-run home run with no outs in the bottom of the ninth!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Quad City 3
NOTES: The home run was the second of the game for Peless.  This was the 13th game of the season and it was his fourth homer of the season.

DATE: July 19
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Eddie Menchaca
PITCHER: Carl Michaels
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in bottom of the 12th inning
GAME WINNING PLAY: Eddie Menchaca two-out RBI single scores Luis Cordova.
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 5, Beloit 4
NOTES: This win moved the Rattlers second half record to 6-20.  Menchaca has been the manager of the Clinton LumberKings for the last two seasons.

DATE: July 27
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Luis Cordova
PITCHER: Lincoln Holdzkom
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth
GAME WINNING PLAY: Kane County first baseman Jason Stokes dropped a throw to first to allow pinchrunner Miguel Villilo to score from second base.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 3, Cougars 2
NOTES: The game was tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth.  The Cougars took the lead on an RBI grounder off pitcher Jeff Perez that let a run home from third.  The Rattlers tied the game in the ninth on a two-out RBI double by Chris Collins.  Stokes, who crushed the Rattlers during the season, dropped the throw to first and the Rattlers won the game.

Opponent Walkoffs (4):

DATE: April 13
OPPONENT: Kane County
STADIUM: Phil Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Hunter Wyant
PITCHER: Lanny Patten
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 5, Kane County 4 in the bottom of the ninth
GAME WINNING PLAY: Hunter Wyant hit a two-run home run with no outs
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 6, Timber Rattlers 5
NOTES: The Rattlers took a 5-4 lead with four runs in the top of the eighth inning.  This was after Dontrelle Willis held the Rattlers to an unearned run on three hits over seven innings.  BUT, Kane County scored twice in the bottom of the ninth off Lanny Patten for the win.  Scott Hicks doubled to start the inning and went to third on an error.  Then, Wyant hit his homer.

DATE: April 30 (Game One of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Quad City River Bandits
STADIUM: John O’Donnell Stadium
BATTER: Michael Sandoval
PITCHER: Michael Kesten
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 12th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Sandoval’s RBI double with one out scores Digno Torres
FINAL SCORE: River Bandits 3, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTES: This was game one of a doubleheader.  The Rattlers tied the game 2-2 on consecutive two-out RBI singles by Miguel Villilo and Shin-Soo Choo.  Kesten pitched five scoreless innings of relief and went back out for a sixth.  He got the first out.  Then, back-to-back doubles by Torres and Sandoval ended this one.

DATE: June 5
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
STADIUM: Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Keto Anderson
PITCHER: Lanny Patten
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI Fielder’s Choice
FINAL SCORE: Fort Wayne 7, Timber Rattlers 6
NOTES: The Wizards had runners at first and third with one out.  Anderson hit a grounder to second.  The Rattlers got the force at second, but could not turn the double play on Anderson to end the inning and force the 13th inning.  That allowed Nick Trzeniak to score the winning run.

DATE: August 26
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Veterans Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Nick Gourneault
PITCHER: Mike Kesten
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the eleventh.
GAME WINNING PLAY: Gourneault hit a two-out, RBI double to drive in Mike Napoli from first base with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Cedar Rapids 2, Timber Rattlers 1
NOTES: Kesten got the first two outs of the eleventh, but walked Napoli on a 3-2 pitch.  Then, Gourneault laced a double and the Rattlers lost for the 81st time of the 2002 season.  They fell to 21-42 in the second half.

Past Walkoff Entries:

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoffs 2005-2012

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 season)

It’s a Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio. Let’s head back to the 2001 season. The Timber Rattlers won 84 games during the regular season. That still stands as a club record. The ’01 Rattlers won seven games in walkoff fashion. However, most notable were the reactions of Timber Rattlers pitchers who were on the mound for three of the four times the team lost on a walkoff during that season.

2001:
Timber Rattlers Walkoffs (7)

 

These Rattlers figured into some of Wisconsin’s seven walkoff wins in 2001.

DATE: April 13 (Game 2 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Joe Rodriguez
PITCHER: Victor Cordero
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: J-Rod, two-run home run with no outs
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Beloit 3:
NOTES: The Rattlers tied the game 3-3 on a two-out RBI single by Pedro Liriano in the bottom of the sixth.  Joe Rodriguez was the cleanup batter in this game.  The notable Brewers farmhand for the Snappers in this game would be Dave Krynzel.

DATE May 4 (Game 1 of doubleheader):
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Bill Martinez
PITCHER: Antonio Garris
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Scoreless tie in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: An errant pickoff throw to first by catcher Drew McMillan with the bases loaded allowed Pedro Liriano to score the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 1, Clinton 0
NOTE: That last play needs explanation, yes?  Here’s the spot.  Wisconsin starting pitcher Rett Johnson has gone seven shutout innings and allowed four hits.  Clinton starting pitcher Luke Lockwood allowed three hits and no runs over the first six innings.  In the seventh, a leadoff walk is followed by a strikeout and Liriano forcing the leadoff batter at second base on a grounder.  Mark Carrol reaches on an error and Joe Dusan walks to load the bases.  This puts Lockwood over 100 pitches.  Antonio Garris enters the game to face Guillermo “Bill” Martinez.

The count is 1-1 and Garris gets strike two on Martinez.  McMillan sees Dusan wandering away from first base on the pitch and tries to pick the Rattler runner off to send the game to extra innings.  The ball sails down the right field line. Liriano scores. Rattlers win.

This game should tip you off that the Rattlers went 12-0 against Clinton in 2001.

DATE: May 15
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
BATTER: John Castellano
PITCHER: John Stone
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 17th inning!
GAME WINNING PLAY: Castellano hits a two-out solo home run!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 3, Fort Wayne 2 in 17 innings.
NOTE: The score had been tied 2-2 since JJ Furmaniak hit a home run in the top of the seventh inning.  Stone, a catcher, had pitched a 1-2-3 16th and had retired the first two batters in the 17th.  Then, Castellano blasted a  1-0 pitch over the wall in left to end the game at 11:17pm after four hours and forty minutes.

DATE: May 17
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
BATTER: Pedro Liriano
PITCHER: Bryan Gaal
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Pinch-runner Jamal Strong scores from third on wild pitch*.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Wizards 3
NOTE: Strong entered the game as a pinch runner for Dusan, who had singled off Roger Luque with two outs.  Then, Blake Bone was hit by a pitch.  Gaal entered the game for Luque.  My scorebook gets a little foggy from that point.  The day-by-day on Strong has him stealing a base.  Gaal does not give up a hit, but throws a wild pitch.  I’ll need to look this one up on the micorfilm, but it is possible that Strong stole third and scored on a wild pitch by Gaal.  I’ll come back to this one later.

DATE: June 12 (Game 2 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Ariel Durango
PITCHER: Ferenc Jongjean
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Lansing 4, Timber Rattlers 1 in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Ariel Durango hits a two-out GRAND SLAM!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Lansing 4
NOTE: The Rattlers were down 4-0 heading to their last at bat of the game.  Todd Wellmeyer had pitched six shutout innings and allowed two hits while striking out eleven.  Lawrence Alvarez entered the game and got the first two outs.  Wil Quintana walked on four straight pitched.  Jake Daubert singled on an 0-2 pitch.  Mark Carroll drove in Quintana with a single.  Dusan walked on a 3-2 pitch.  All of a sudden the bases are loaded.  Jongjean, the Lugnuts closer, comes in to face Durango, who had hit six homers in 117 games for Wisconsin in 2000 and had just been demoted from San Bernadino.  Durango hit the first pitch from Jongjean just over the wall in left-center for a game winning grand slam.  Of course he did!

DATE: June 13
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Mark Carroll
PITCHER: Eric Albright
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Carroll singles to drive in Wil Quintana.:
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 8, Lansing 7
NOTE: The Rattlers trailed 4-5 heading to the bottom of the ninth.  Quintana tripled to drive in the tying runs.  Daubert was walked intentionally.  Then, Carroll delivered the game winning single.

DATE: July 30
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: Jamie Bubela
PITCHER: Aric LeClair
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jamie Bubela singles with two outs and the bases loaded to drive in Derrick Gutierrez with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, South Bend 3
NOTE: Gutierrez, the 8th hitter in the order, doubled with one out.  Cody Sundbeck struck out the next batter.  He walked Liriano intentionally, but walked Durango to load the bases.  LeClair entered the game and Bubela singled on an 0-1 pitch to get the win for Wisconsin.

Opponent Walkoffs (4)

DATE: April 30 (Game 2 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Quad City River Bandits
STADIUM: Black Hawk Community College Field
BATTER: Luis Maza
PITCHER: Tim Burton
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded single by Luis Maza scores pinch runner Rafael Boitel.
FINAL SCORE: Quad City 7, Timber Rattlers 6
NOTE: Burton hit Kevin West to start the inning.  Then, there was a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk to set up the double play.  Burton got the grounder for the double play, but it was booted for Wisconsin’s fourth error of the game and loaded the bases.  Maza fouled off three two strike pitches before singling to drive in the winning run.

Burton got pretty good distance on the full water cooler that he punted after he walked off the field that day.

DATE: July 1
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Ben Cordova
PITCHER: Aaron Taylor
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Cordova RBI single with bases loaded and one out scores Darren Fenster with winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 2, Timber Rattlers 1
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers led 1-0 heading to the bottom of the ninth inning.  Aaron Taylor, a tall right-hander with a fastball in the high 90’s, had been dominant since joining the team.  I remember telling Bees announcer Randy Wehofer before the series started that he would see something special when Taylor got into a game.  Derrick Van Dusen and John Butler had allowed no runs on three hits and combined for 12 strikeouts over the first eight innings.  Taylor came in for the ninth and gave up a single, got a foul pop, and another single.  Then, he hit a batter on an 0-2 pitch to load the bases.  Odannis Ayala took a very close 3-2 pitch for ball four to force in a run.  I remember Taylor being really upset with plate umpire Ria Cortesio’s call.  Cordova ended the game with a single to drive in the winning run.

Taylor got pretty good distance as he threw a baseball on the screen behind home plate as he walked off the field.

DATE: July 21
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: C.O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: Henri Stanley
PITCHER: Chad Wiles
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Stanley’s bases loaded single scores Jason Maule with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 3, Timber Rattlers 2 in ten innings
NOTE: Maule singled to start the tenth.  Wiles threw wildly to first on a pickoff attempt and – on the same play – Castellano threw wildly to second in an attempt to get Maule there.  That put Maule on third with no outs.  Wiles intentionally walked the next two batters.  Stanley singled to end the game.

DATE: August 12
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
STADIUM: Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Chris Fears
PITCHER: Chad Wiles
SCORE BEFORE THE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out RBI single by Chris fears scores JJ Furmaniak
FINAL SCORE: Fort Wayne 7, Timber Rattlers 6 in ten innings
NOTE: The Rattlers trailed 5-2, but scored once in the eighth and twice in the ninth to take a 6-5 lead.  But, the Wizards tied the game on a Craig Thompson RBI double in the bottom of the ninth.  In the tenth, Wiles walked Furmaniak to start the inning.  The Wizards shortstop stole second with two outs and went to third when Rattlers second baseman Ariel Durango missed the throw from the plate..  Fears, who had scored the tying run in the ninth as a pinch runner, drove in the winning run with a single.

Wiles broke his pitching hand when he punched the dugout wall after he walked off the field.

Next week: 2002

Past Walkoff Entries:

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoffs 2005-2012

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

I believe that I have caught up with all the walkoffs (for and against the Rattlers) from 2005 through the end of the 2012 playoffs.

Now that there is a little time, it is worth looking back at the other seasons in Timber Rattlers history to find ALL of the walkoff plays.  As you can tell from the title of the post, this will be posted on Wednesdays.

So….

2000:
Timber Rattlers Walkoffs (9)

You’re going to see Ryan Christianson’s name a lot in this post.

 
DATE: April 8
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Unknown
PITCHER: Fontella Jones
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the tenth

GAME WINNING PLAY: Unknown
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 8-7 in ten innings
NOTE: I was not at this game. At the time I was also the radio announcer for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League.  The Gamblers were in the midst of their run to the Clark Cup Championship that year and Greg Hofer was filling in for me on the Timber Rattlers broadcasts.  I’ll try to remember to get back to this one at some point before the 2013 season.

DATE: June 15
OPPONENT: Michigan Battlecats
BATTER: Ryan Christianson
PITCHER: Darwin Peguero
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the 15th

GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI double by Christianson knocks in Shawn McCorkle in the bottom of the 15th.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4-3
NOTE: This is not the last time you will see Christianson’s name in this post.

DATE: June 25
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: Gorky Estrella
PITCHER: Wellington Cepeda
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Rattlers trailed 5-2 in the ninth
GAME WINNING PLAY: Estrella hit a two-out GRAND SLAM!!! in the bottom of the ninth.

FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 6-5
NOTE: Jose Valverde (yes, Jose Valverde, currently of the Detroit Tigers) retired the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Then, he walked the next three batters on 3-2 counts to load the bases.  Cepeda relieved and allowed the game-winning grand slam.

DATE: July 16
OPPONENT: Dayton Dragons
BATTER: Ariel Durango
PITCHER: David Huggins
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the ninth
GAME WINNING PLAY: Durango’s two-out single with the bases loaded drives in Oscar Ramirez.

FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 2-1
NOTE: The Rattlers trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.  Dayton walked Chris Snelling with two outs and runners at second and third to face Sheldon Fulse.  Huggins walked Fulse to force in the tying run.  Durango singled in the winning run two pitches after the walk to Fulse.

DATE: July 18
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Ryan Christianson
PITCHER: Andre Simpson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the ninth

GAME WINNING PLAY: Christianson lifted a sacrifice fly to score Justin Leone from third base
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 7-6
NOTE: That would be two for Christianson

DATE: July 25
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Oscar Ramirez
PITCHER: Mike Neu
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the ninth
GAME WINNING PLAY: Oscar Ramirez draws a bases loaded walk with two outs to force in Ryan Christianson with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4-3
NOTE: The Rattlers trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.  Orlando Hernandez tied the game with an RBI single.  The LumberKings walked Sheldon Fulse intentionally to load the bases with one out.  Neu struck out Ariel Durango, but walked Ramirez for the game winning run.

DATE: August 15
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
BATTER: Ariel Durango
PITCHER: Palmer Ebanks
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the ninth

GAME WINNING PLAY: Ariel Durango’s double with one out scores Sheldon Fulse
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 3-2
NOTE: Durango had an even bigger game-winning hit in 2001. Consider that a tease for next week.

DATE: August 22
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
BATTER: Ryan Christianson
PITCHER: Cliff Bartosh
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: 0-0 in the ninth
GAME WINNING PLAY: Ryan Christianson singles with the bases loaded and no outs to drive in Michael Abate.

FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 1-0
NOTE: Another appearance for Christianson

DATE: September 1
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Ryan Christianson
PITCHER: Scott Layfield
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the ninth
GAME WINNING PLAY: Peoria first baseman Travis Bailey dropped a two out popup off the bat of Ryan Christianson.  This allowed Shawn McCorkle to score the game winning run.
FINAL SCORE: 7-6
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers trailed the game 6-5 heading to the bottom of the ninth.  Chris Snelling tied the game with a bases loaded sacrifice fly moments before Christianson took his turn at the plate.

Opponent Walkoffs (3)

DATE: May 16
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: Pete Vonachen Stadium
BATTER: Gregg Clark
PITCHER: Julio Mateo
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 9-9 in the ninth:

GAME WINNING PLAY: Gregg Clark hit a one out solo homer off Mateo.
FINAL SCORE: Peoria 10-9
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers trailed 9-0 after the bottom of the third inning.  They rallied with six runs (four on a grand slam by Chris Snelling) in the fifth, two in the eighth, and an RBI single by Oscar Ramirez in the top of the ninth to tie the game.:

DATE: August 11
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
STADIUM: Oldsmobile Park

BATTER: Ryan Gripp
PITCHER: Aquilino Lopez
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the ninth:
GAME WINNING PLAY: Ryan Gripp hit a solo home run with two outs off Lopez.

FINAL SCORE: Lansing 4-3
NOTE: Lopez appeared in 39 games during the 2000 season.  He started five and relieved in 34.  This game against the Lugnuts was his only loss of the season (6-1 with 17 saves).

DATE: September 5
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium

BATTER Francisco Ferrand
PITCHER: Erik Grunwald
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the tenth:
GAME WINNING PLAY: Francisco Ferrand doubles with no outs to drive in Matt Frick with the winning run.

FINAL SCORE: Kane County 2-1 in ten innings
NOTE: This was Game One of the First Round playoff series between the Rattlers and Cougars.  Wisconsin would rally to win Game Two and Game Three at home to advance to the Western Division Finals.

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