Clint Coulter is no stranger to hitting for power. In his first full season as a Wisconsin Timber Rattler, Coulter had already amassed 13 home runs (1 a grand slam) prior to the start of today’s contest with the Quad Cities River Bandits. Today, however, would prove special for the young catcher.
In the 4th inning with 3 on and 2 outs, Coulter connected on a shot to left. Grand Slam!
“He (Quad Cities’ starter Blaine Sims) wound up leaving one inside and Jeremy Reed, our hitting coordinator, is here and he said go ahead and get the head out, don’t worry about staying through it. So, that’s what I did and got lucky.”
Lucky indeed! The grand slam ties Coulter for the most in a single season by a Timber Rattler (2 were also recorded by Chris Snelling in 2000 and Michael Cox 2004). But, that wasn’t all. The grand slam also tied a single season team record of 4 grand slams which had previously been recorded in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
“Oh, wow, I didn’t even know that. It’s always an honor when you get a record, so that’s cool.”
With over 40 games left to play this season, it is possible that one, if not both, of these records could fall. In fact, another single season Timber Rattlers record appears to be within reach for 3 different Rattlers: Khris Davis’ single season home run record.
Set in 2010, Davis slugged 22 regular season home runs while also winning the Midwest League Home Run Derby during the All-Star break. Possible contenders to the throne in 2014 include Michael Ratterree (15), Clint Coulter (14) and Taylor Brennan (11). The last Rattler to take a run at the record was Victor Roache who hit 22 in 2013, matching Davis’ mark but ultimately falling just short of breaking it.
The Timber Rattlers are off Tuesday before welcoming the Bowling Green Hot Rods to town for a 3 game set. Wednesday’s contest is scheduled for a 7:05 pm first pitch.
Kevin Kimmes is a regular contributor to creamcitycables.com and a former MLB Fan Cave Top 52 Finalist. You can follow him on Twitter at @kevinkimmes.