I'm sure that you may have heard by now that the Timber Rattlers recorded their first ever sweep at West Michigan this past weekend.
Time for a look back in the history books for the most recent times the Timber Rattlers have swept opponents on the road. Now, keep in mind that some of the records used for this column only go back to 2000. If you spot a glaring error that is not an obvious typo, let me know.
Beloit: This was not an easy sweep at Pohlman Field for the 2001 Timber Rattlers. Well, game one and game two were kind of easy. Derrick Van Dusen pitched seven shutout innings and struck out seven on July 25. Clint Nageotte struck out 10 over seven innings and allowed one run on July 26. But, July 27 saw the Rattlers down 4-0 heading into the top of the sixth. That's when the Rattlers scored four times to tie the game. Then, Jake Daubert and Sheldon Fulse drove in runs in the tenth for a 6-4 win.
That was just an appetizer for the game on July 28. Wisconsin scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to go up 8-5. Then, Beloit scored twice in the sixth and once in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game 8-8. Joe Dusan hit a pinch-hit homer in the top of the tenth, but the Snappers tied the game in the bottom of the tenth on a throwing error by Dusan. In the eleventh, Dusan drew a bases loaded walk to force in a run. Then, Derrick Gutierrez was hit by a pitch to force in another run and Roy Wells finished off the 11-9 win and the four-game sweep of the Snappers.
Burlington: Records dating back to 2000 do not show a sweep at Community Field. Perhaps you can help fill in blanks going back to 1995?
Cedar Rapids: Records dating back to 2000 do not show a sweep at Cedar Rapids. In 2000, the Rattlers won the first three games of a series from July 28-July 31. The Rattlers won the first three games, but lost 11-10 in the final game. Perhaps you can help fill in blanks going back to 1995?
Clinton: Now, this isn't really fair. But, life isn't fair. It was a sweep in a two-game series in April because of a rain out on the last day of the series. But, the 2003 Rattlers beat the LumberKings 14-13 in 11 innings in the first game on April 28 and 5-1 in the second game on April 29. When talking about sweeps of the LumberKings, I prefer to bring up the season sweep in 2001 when the Rattlers went a perfect 12-0 against Clinton.
Dayton: The 2002 Rattlers were, let's face it, not very good. They finished with a record of 53-86 and went through a lot of players. But, for four beautiful days in Dayton, Ohio they could not be beat. The first game was on May 28 and Wisconsin won 6-3 in 13 innings. They won the next day 11-7 and finished off the sweep with wins of 4-3 and 4-2.
Fort Wayne: Records dating back to 2000 do not show a sweep at Fort Wayne. They do show a lot of near sweeps, but no sweeps. Perhaps you can help fill in blanks going back to 1995?
Great Lakes: Hey, the Loons have only been around since 2007. Wisconsin is 3-5 over in Midland.
Kane County: The 2005 Timber Rattlers made it through to the Midwest League Championship Series. That was also the last team to sweep the Cougars at Elfstrom Stadium. The Rattlers went in there for a four-game series from May 23 through May 26 and won them all.
Lansing: A Rattler sweep has never happened at Oldsmobile Park. In fact, 2008 was the first year in which the Timber Rattlers won a series there. Small steps.
Peoria: Right before the 2003 All-Star Break Wisconsin went to O'Brien Field and swept four games from the Chiefs. Dave Viane and Bryan Heaston saved the final two games of that series from July 11 through July 14.
Quad Cities: Earlier in the second half, the 2003 Rattlers went into the old John O'Donnell Stadium and won all four games of a series from the..let's see...were they the SWING, yet...nope...still the River Bandits. The winning pitchers for the Timber Rattlers from June 30 through July 3 in the series at Quad Cities were Tanner Watson, Bobby Livingston, Juan Sandoval, and Oscar Delgado.
South Bend: Records dating back to 2000 do not show a sweep at The Cove. Perhaps you can help fill in blanks going back to 1995?
West Michigan: Um....let me think....May 29 through 31, 2009?
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