1994 Foxes Home Games (#4 – April 17 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 17
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brian Doughty
OPPOSING STARTING PITCHER: Benj Sampson
TRIVIA: This was a Sunday afternoon game with a start time of 1:30pm.
Mike Barger, cf
Giomar Guevara, 2b
Alex Rodriguez, ss
Jason Cook, 3b
Brian Wallace, 1b
Jose Cuellar, dh
Alex Sutherland, c
Chad Dunavan, rf
Marcus Sturdivent, lf
Armann Brown, cf
Romulo Vizcaino, lf
Ryan Radmanovich, 3b
Tim Costic, 1b
Chad Rupp, dh
James Motte, ss
Tom Knauss, rf
Scott Stricklin, c
Danny Venezia, 2b
The Wizards took the lead with three runs in the second inning. Costic and Rupp hit back-to-back homers to start the inning. Knauss tripled with one out and scored on a wild pitch. Fort Wayne added to the lead with a solo homer by Radmanovich in the top of the third.
I will note at this time that official scorer Dan Huber’s weather notation for April 17 is 58° Clear, Windy to right.
In the fourth, Stricklin hit a leadoff homer to right for a 5-0 lead. That was the end of the day for Foxes starting pitcher Brian Doughty. He allowed five runs on seven hits, including four solo homers.
The Foxes cut the lead to three runs with a rally in the fourth. Barger reached on an infield single. Guevara got on with a dropped flyball to right. A-Rod struck out, but Cook reached on a walk to load the bases. Wallace drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Cuellar got the second with an RBI single.
Fort Wayne put the game away in the eighth inning on some sloppy defense by the Foxes. Stricklin singled. A-Rod committed an error on a grounder by Venezia. Sturdivent, the Foxes left fielder made an error on the same play to let Striklin score and send Venezia to third base. A fielder’s choice by Vicaino later in the inning let Venezia score for a 7-2 lead.
The final Fort Wayne run scored on Costic’s second home run of the game. This homer came with one out in the ninth inning off Robert Krueger. That would be five solo homers in the game by Fort Wayne. Matt Mantei came on to get the final two outs of the ninth.
Appleton got one more run in the ninth. A-Rod was hit by a pitch, went to second on a walk to cook, and scored on an error by Venezia as he tried to turn a double play on a Wallace grounder.
Fort Wayne 8
FOX OF THE GAME:
Mike Barger: 2-for-4, RUN. Barger was the only Foxes player to have two hits in the game.
Alex Rodriguez: 0-for-3, RUN, HBP, K
Raul Ibanez: DNP
The Foxes concluded this series with a 2-2 record.
The Wizards hit five homers in this game and ten homers in the four game series. Goodland Field was NOT a home run haven…usually.
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