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.
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.
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
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.”
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