January 2013

Renovation Update: Episode 12.94

Lots to get to today.  Drywall!  Insulation! Concrete!  SNOW! Let’s go!!!

This is the view from what will be my office.

This is the view from what will be my office.

The suite level is a hive of activity.

The suite level is a hive of activity.

The walls are going up for suites four, five, and six.

The walls are going up for suites four, five, and six.

This is a door to the kitchen on the upper level.

This is a door to the kitchen on the upper level.

They did that on purpose.

They did that on purpose.

Really?

Really?

Hey! There's no beer in here!  It's just the third base concession stand.

Hey! There’s no beer in here! It’s just the third base concession stand.

Speaking of concession stands....This one at the end of the first base concourse is getting improvements, too.

Speaking of concession stands….This one at the end of the first base concourse is getting improvements, too.

Did I mention that it snowed yesterday?

Did I mention that it snowed on Wednesday?

The work area in the front office.

The work area in the front office.

Here's a different view of the front office.

Here’s a different view of the front office.

First photo of the new weight room.  There will be lights in here.

First photo of the new weight room for the players. There will be lights in here.

Here's another look at the old suites.

Here’s another look at the old suites.

And the view from the font.

And the view from the font.

Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

We continue our timeskip out of order this week with a look at the 1998 season.

The Timber Rattlers of 1998 had an incredible starting rotation (Ryan Anderson, Gil Meche, and Joel Pineiro were 3/5 of it for most of the season). There were a lot of close games that went down to the wire and there were a total of SIXTEEN walkoffs that year.

Watch for the name Mike Marchiano to appear…a lot. I mean… A LOT!

Also, one of the most dominant Timber Rattlers pitching performances ever ended in an opponent walkoff victory during the 1998 playoffs.

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.

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 help. HEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (9):

That's a lot of walkoffs!

That’s a lot of walkoffs!


DATE: April 9

OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
BATTER: Carlos Maldonado
PITCHER: Mark Magers
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Carlos Maldonado’s infield single drove in Gerald Eady.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 3, Rockford 2 (11)
NOTE: This was Opening Night for the 1998 season. Gerald Eady started the eleventh with a bunt single, the first Wisconsin hit since the fourth inning.

DATE: May 7
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Mike Marchiano
PITCHER: Scott Henderson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Marchiano with a 2-out, bases loaded single to drive in Juan Silvestre
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 1 (10)
NOTE: Matt Erickson, the current Wisconsin manager, drove in the only Kane County run with an RBI double in the fifth inning.

DATE: June 2
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Mike Marchiano
PITCHER: Jason Childers
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Marchiano with an RBI single.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 5, Beloit 4 (10)
NOTE: That’s two walkoff hits for Mike Marchiano.

DATE: June 4
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Greg Connors
PITCHER: Ben Byrd
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Greg Connors knocks in the winning run with a 1-out double.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 4, Beloit 3
NOTE: Two walkoffs in three days for the Rattlers against their in-state rivals.

DATE: June 18
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Juan Silvestre
PITCHER: Aaron Carter
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Juan Silvestre hits a homer!
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 4, Lansing 3
NOTE: Silvestre’s home run led off the bottom of the ninth.

DATE: June 19
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Mike Marchiano
PITCHER: Steve Maas
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Marchiano with an RBI single to drive in pinch runner Jermaine Clark.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 6, Lansing 5
NOTE: Second straight day with a walkoff win over the Lugnuts. This time, the Rattlers scored two in the bottom of the ninth for the win. That’s three walkoff hits for Mike Marchiano.

DATE: July 9
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: Jermaine Clark
PITCHER: Chris Bloomer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: South Bend 3, Wisconsin 2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jermaine Clark’s 2-out, 2-run single drives in Donnie Schmidt and Claudio Liverziani.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 4, South Bend 3
NOTE: Clark’s game winner extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Schmidt, a pitcher, was in the game as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the ninth.

DATE: July 13
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Mike Marchiano
PITCHER: David Shepard
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 9-9 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Marchiano home run!
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 10, Burlington 9 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers were down 9-1 after the top of the sixth. Wisconsin hit four home runs in the game. This was the fourth walkoff hit of the 1998 season for Mike Marchiano.

DATE: September 1
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Mike Marchiano
PITCHER: Lance Franks
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Marchiano with an RBI single
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 7, Peoria 6 (12)
NOTE: This was the fifth walkoff hit of the 1998 season for Mike Marchiano.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (7):

DATE: May 1
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Veteran Memorial Stadium
BATTER: ???? Jeb Dougherty (Thanks, Andy from the Kernels!)
PITCHER: Justin Kaye
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded walk
FINAL SCORE: Cedar Rapids 3, Wisconsin 2 (10)
NOTE: Justin Kay entered the game with two runners on bases. He faced two batters and walked both.

DATE: May 9
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
STADIUM: Old Kent Park
BATTER: Antuan Bunkley
PITCHER: Leslie Brea
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 5, West Michigan 4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Antuan Bunkley’s two-run single.
FINAL SCORE: West Michigan 6, Wisconsin 5
NOTE: Wisconsin had a 5-3 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth, but West Michigan scored three runs on four hits off Brea in the bottom of the ninth.

DATE: May 25
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
STADIUM: Stanley Coveleski Regional Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Justin Kaye
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th.
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: South Bend 3, Wisconsin 2 (10)
NOTE: Kaye walked five, allowed one hit, and threw two wild pitches in 2-1/3 innings of relief.

DATE: July 15
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Leslie Brea
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded walk
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 7, Wisconsin 6
NOTE: The Rattlers were up 6-5 heading to the bottom of the ninth. The Bees scored twice in the bottom of the ninth for the win.

DATE: August 11
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: C. O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: ???
PITCHER: Zac Stark
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: ????
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 10, Wisconsin 9 (11)
NOTE: The Rattlers were up 7-0 until the bottom of the eighth. Wisconsin scored two in the top of the eleventh to go up 9-7. But, Michigan scored three in the bottom of the eleventh for the win.

DATE: August 29
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
STADIUM: Oldsmobile Park
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Craig Willis
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Lansing 4, Wisconsin 3
NOTE: HHHEEEEELLLLLLLPPPPPPP!

DATE: September 8
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
STADIUM: Marinelli Field
BATTER: Tony Schrager
PITCHER: Leslie Brea
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Nelson Abreu beat the throw home on Schrager’s chopper to third.
FINAL SCORE: Rockford 3, Wisconsin 2 (10)
NOTE: This was Game One of a first round playoff series between the Rattlers and the Cubbies. Ryan Anderson was the starting pitcher. Anderson was perfect through 6-1/3 innings and struck out 18 in 8-2/3 innings. But, Anderson allowed a two-out, two-run home run to Mike Amrhein in the bottom of the ninth and Rockford tied the game 2-2. This game was the subject of this Flashback Friday.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

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)

MLB Memory Lane – September 1, 1985

I went to a lot of baseball games before I started working in baseball.  MLB Memory Lane is a look back at some of those games.

This week: A Mehring family day trip to Wrigley Field.

Date: September 1, 1985
Teams: Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs
Stadium: Wrigley Field
Seat Location: Right field foul line; lower deck
With: Family

Would not appear in this game.

Would not appear in this game.

This was a neat, end-of-summer, day trip for the family.  We got in the car and drove to Skokie.  Then, took the train in to Wrigley Field.  From there, well, there is something special about walking up to Wrigley Field on a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon and the day of a game.

It didn’t matter that the Braves were horrible and the Cubs were mediocre.  We were going to a game at Wrigley Field on a perfect day.

Then, I saw the Cubs decided to sit Ryne Sandberg.  Chris Speier would be the starting second baseman for Chicago on this day…Davey Lopes would be the left fielder.

Didn’t matter.   The seats were great and pitching matchup would be…Len Barker against….Derek Botelho…. *SIGH*. 

I remember taking pictures of the stadium with a small Kodak camera.  The one that you would load with film.  The pictures are somewhere between here and my ancestral home.  They were okay.

Something else that was okay was a leadoff homer by Davey Lopes in the bottom of the second inning.  I wasn’t expecting that.  Later in the inning, Leon Durham doubled and stole third base.  I don’t think that anyone was expecting that second part.

In the bottom of the third, I witnessed something that explains Atlanta Braves baseball in the mid-80′s.

Botelho reached on an error.  Bob Dernier bunted for a single.  Shawon Dunston walked to load the bases.  Thad Bosley walked to force in a run.  Barker got the next two outs, but walked Leon Durham to force in a run.  That ended the day for Barker.  Jeff Dedmon came in and walked Speier to force in a run for a 4-0 Cubs lead.

Chris Chambliss hit a two-run home run in the top of the fourth to close the gap for the Braves.

It was only his 3rd home run of the year.

It was only his 3rd home run of the year.

But, Dedmon gave both runs back as he walked Botelho to start the bottom of the fourth inning and eventually load the bases for Keith Moreland.

Confession time:  My baseball number in high school was #6.  I wanted that number because Keith Moreland was my favorite player.  That should tell you everything you ever wanted to know about me.

Moreland singled to drive in two runs and the Cubs were up 6-2.

Zonk SMASH!

Zonk SMASH!

From there, Botelho turned into Fergie Jenkins.  He allowed two more hits in the game as he went the distance.

The Cubs offense was not done.  In the fifth, they loaded the bases again.  This time Thad Bosley singled in two runs.  Lopes singled in a run.  Moreland doubled in a run.  Speier drove in a run with a grounder.  11-2 Cubs.

Moreland singled in another run in the sixth.  Speier followed with a two-run single.  14-2 Cubs.

This man had 4 RBI and only one hit.

This man had 4 RBI and only one hit.

I remember that Harry’s Take Me Out to the Ballgame was especially good that day.  There may even be a bad picture of him leaning out the booth among that snapshots I took that day.

The final run of the game scored when Gary Woods pinch-hit for Lopes and drove in Dernier in the seventh inning. 

Moreland made the final out of the seventh and was taken out of the game.  Dave Owen went out for defense in the eighth and played second as Speier switched over to third in place of Moreland.

From there, Botelho finished off the Braves from Z to B.  Z being pinch-hitter Paul Zuvella, the first out of the eighth and B being Glenn Hubbard, the last out of the game.

Sure, Sandberg didn’t play for the Cubs and Dale Murphy didn’t play the whole game for the Braves.

Two plate appearances in this game: A walk and a grounder to third.

Two plate appearances in this game: A walk and a grounder to third.

But, my favorite player drove in four runs in the game.  Plus, how many people can say they saw Chris Speier drive in four runs in a game?  Or a Derek Botelho complete game?

All in all it was a pretty good day with the family.

Starting Lineups:
   Atlanta Braves                Chicago Cubs             
1. Thompson            rf        Dernier             cf
2. Ramirez             ss        Dunston             ss
3. Murphy              cf        Bosley              rf
4. Harper              lf        Lopes               lf
5. Chambliss           1b        Moreland            3b
6. Oberkfell           3b        Durham              1b
7. Hubbard             2b        Speier              2b
8. Cerone              c         Lake                c
9. Barker              p         Botelho             p

Top performers:
ATL:
Chris Chambliss: 2-for-4, HR, 2RBI

CHI:
Derek Botelho: 9IP, 6H, 2R, 3BB, 4K, WIN
Keith Moreland: 3-for-6, 2B, RUN, 4RBI,
Dave Lopes: 3-for-5, HR, 3 RUNS, 2RBI
Chris Speier: 1-for-5, 4RBI

NOTE:
Derek Botelho won three games as a major league pitcher.  He won a pair of games with the Kansas City Royals in 1982.   His complete game victory over the Braves on 9/1/85 was his last MLB victory.

Botelho has been a minor league pitching coach for many years.  He is slated to begin his third year as the pitching coach for the Lynchburg Hillcats this season.

The twist? Lynchburg is a Braves affiliate.

From Lynchburg-Hillcats.com

From Lynchburg-Hillcats.com

Retrosheet Boxscore
Baseball Reference WPA Chart

Past MLB Memory Lane entries:
Rally against The Eck & Walkoff the A’s (1989)

Dennis Lamp near no-hitter (1981)

Teddy & Team Streak (1987)

Chester Marcol steals the show (1980)

Nolan Ryan at Wrigley (1987)

Larry Hisle beats Louisiana Lightning (1978)

Bonds, Kent, Burks ruin my dad’s 60th birthday (1999)

Doubleheader against Yaz & the Red Sox (1977)

Rockie Mountain Way (1999)

Rattlers Alumni Report – Through games of 1/27/13

The Australian Baseball League has wrapped their regular season this past weekend.  Sydney (with Craig Anderson and Chris Snelling) face Perth in the preliminary round of the ABL playoffs this weekend.  The winner of that game will play Canberra in the Grand Championship the following weekend.

Game Five of the Championship Series in Venezuela is scheduled for tonight with Magallanes (Carlos Maldonado) and Lara (Luis Valbuena, Oswalso Navarro, and Cesar Jimenez) tied at two wins each through four games.

Australia (Final Regular Season Stats):
Sydney Blue Sox (26-19, 2nd):
Craig Anderson: 8-2, 2.10ERA; 12g, 12gs; 81.1IP; 5BB, 39K
Chris Snelling: 29g, .273/.492/.398; 2HR, 12RBI

Dominican Republic:
Leones del Escogido defeated Aguilas Cibaenas 5-0 in the best-of-nine Championship Series.  Bold Italics = Played last week

Aguilas Cibaenas:
BOBBY! Livingston: 1-0, 0.00ERA; 4g, 3.2IP; BB, 3K
Edward Paredes: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 14g, 6.2IP; 4BB, 4K
Juan Sandoval: 0-2, 1.98ERA; 17g, 13.2IP; 3BB, 9K

Estrellas de Oriente:
Juan Diaz: 6g; .176/.176/.294; 0HR, RBI

Toro del Este:
Carlos Peguero: 2g; .000/.167/.000; 0HR, RBI
Rene Rivera: 11g; .240/.345/.280; 0HR; 0RBI

Puerto Rico:
Crillos de Caguas defeated Indios de Mayaguez 4-2 in the best-of-seven Championship Series

Cangrejeros de Santurce:
Jeff Dominguez: 11g; .279/.354/.349; 2HR, 5RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 8g; .269/.259/.346; 0HR, 2RBI
Miguel Martinez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 2g, 5.0IP; 0BB, K

Criollos de Caguas:
Efrain Nieves: 0-0, 10.381ERA; 5g, 4.1IP; 3BB, K

Indios de Mayaguez:
Martin Maldonado: 18g; .242/.333/.379; HR, 9RBI

Venezuela:
As mentioned above, Lara and Magallanes are even at two wins each in the Championship Series.

Aguilas del Zulia (5-11):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 1-2, 3.06ERA; 4g, 4gs, 17.2IP; 4BB, 13K

Cardenales de Lara (10-6):
Oswaldo Navarro: 4g; .000/.125/.000; 0HR, RBI
Luis Valbuena: 20g; .350/.416/.550; 3HR; 20RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 3.38ERA; 5g, 2.2IP; 5BB, K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 7g, 7.2IP; 2BB, 7K

Caribes de Anzoategui (8-8):
Luis Oliveros: 5g; .286/.375/.357; 0HR, 2RBI

Leones del Caracas (7-9):
Justin Thomas: 1-0, 0.96; 10g, 9.1IP; 2BB, 3K

Navagantes del Magallanes (10-6):
Carlos Maldonado: 10g; .179/.368/.214; 0HR, 2RBI

1994 Foxes Home Game #13 – May 8

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: May 8
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
COUGARS STARTING PITCHER: Marc Valdes
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brett Hinchliffe
CONDITIONS: Sunny, 68°
ATTENDANCE: 1,786
94hinchliffeFOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf

Manny Patel – dh
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – c
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Brian Wallace – 3b
Giomar Guevara – 2b
David Lawson – rf
James Clifford – 1b

COUGARS LINEUP:
Ralph Millard – 2b

Glenn Reeves – rf
Billy McMillon – lf
Kevin Millar – 1b
Dave Berg – 3b
Ron Brown – cf
Willie Brown – dh
Andy Prater – c
Gavin Baugh – ss

In Game #12, the Foxes prevailed on an A-Rod walkoff hit in the bottom of the tenth.  Home game #13 would be, um, unlucky for the Foxes.

This game started innocently enough.  Billy McMilon hit a two-out solo homer in the top of the first.  Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI triple with one out in the bottom of the first.  He scored later in the inning on a throwing error and the Foxes led Kane County 2-1.
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Andy Prater hit a two-out solo homer in the top of the second to tie the game.  Giomar Guevara scored on a Mike Barger RBI grounder in the bottom of the second and the Foxes were back up 3-2.

McMilon stepped up with one out in the third inning and homered to tie the game again.  In the bottom of the third, Raul Ibanez doubled and Brian Wallace singled to drive him in to make it 4-3.  Then, Wallace scored on an error to make it 5-3.
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Hinchliffe and Valdes held the offenses off the scoreboard in the fourth.

McMilon walked with one out in the fifth.  He went to  third on a double by Kevin Millar and scored on a Dave Berg sacrifice fly.  In the bottom of the fifth, Ibanez hit a leadoff homer and the Foxes were up 6-4.
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The Foxes look like they should have been out of the sixth inning leading 6-4.  Hinchliffe struck out the first two batters of the inning.  Then, he struck out Gavin Baugh.  But, a dropped third strike let Baugh reach first.  A single by Ralph Millard put runners on the corners.  Then, an apparent errant pickoff attempt by Hinchliffe let Baugh score and sent Millard around to third.  A passed ball on Ibanez let Millard score the tying run.  Hinchliffe did get a strikeout, his tenth of the game, to end the inning.  But, the damage had been done.

The Foxes went quietly in the bottom of the sixth and the game was still tied 6-6.

Robert Krueger took over for Hinchliffe in the top of the seventh.  He walked McMilon to start the inning.  One out later Berg doubled.  Ron Brown followed with a two-run triple and the Cougars led 8-6.
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Bart Rich came on in relief of Valdes to start the bottom of the seventh inning and set down Rodriguez, Ibanez, and Sturdivant in order.

Greg Theron pitched a 1-2-3 top of the eighth to keep the Cougars at a two run lead.
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In the bottom of the eighth, Appleton had runners at the corners with two outs.  But, Rich struck out Barger to end the inning.

Theron, who had been pitching well early in the ’94 season, went back out for the ninth.  If he could hold the Cougars off the scoreboard, Appleton would have Patel, Rodriguez, and Ibanez due up in the bottom of the ninth.  There was hope for a comeback.

Then, this happened:

McMilon walk.
Millar single, McMilon to second.
Berg walk, McMilon to third, Millar to second.
Ron Brown single. McMilon scores. Millar scores. Berg to second.
Willie Brown reached on E3. Berg to third, R. Brown to second.
Andy Prater grounds out 3 unassisted. Berg scores. R. Brown to third. W. Brown to second.
Baugh singles. R. Brown scores. W. Brown scores.
FIVE RUNS IN. Kane County up 13-6
PITCHING CHANGE: Robin Cope in for Greg Theron.
94copeMillard pops out to Ibanez for second out.
Reeves doubles. Baugh scores.
McMilon singles. Reeves scores.
Millar singles. McMilon to second.
Passed ball.  McMilon to third. Millar to second.
Berg hit by pitch.
R. Brown doubles. McMilon scores. Millar scores. Berg scores.
W. Brown grounds out 3-1 to end inning.

Kane County scored TEN RUNS on in the ninth inning to make the score 18-6.

The Foxes did NOT come back in the bottom of the ninth.  Bart Rich retired Patel on a fly ball to left and struck out both Rodriguez and Ibanez to end the game.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Raul Ibanez: 2-for-5, HR, 2B, RBI, 2 runs

NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-5, HR, RUN, RBI
Kevin Millar: 4-for-6, 2 doubles, two runs.

In case you lost track, McMilon went 3-for-3 with two homers, three walks, three RBI, and SIX RUNS scored

In case you lost track, Ron Brown had SEVEN RBI, including FIVE in the ninth inning.

Marc Valdes was the winning pitcher and Rich picked up the save with his three scoreless innings.

Hinchliffe walked two and struck out ten in his six innings of work.  He was the third straight Foxes starting pitcher to reach ten or more strikeouts in a game.  Ryan Franklin had eleven on May 6.  Ivan Montane had thirteen on May 7.

This game on May 8, 1994 was the final game of a homestand for the Foxes.  It was also a Sunday afternoon game.  What a crummy Sunday.  They hit the road for an eight-game road trip that features four games in Burlington and four games in Peoria.

The next home game on the 1994 schedule is May 18 against South Bend.

Click for the PDF’s:
May8foxessheet

May8kanecoumtysheet

May8boxscore

1994 Foxes Home Game #12 – May 7

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: May 7
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
COUGARS STARTING PITCHER: Paul Thornton
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ivan Montane
CONDITIONS: Pleasant
ATTENDANCE: 2,519

FOXES LINEUP:
Marcus Sturdivant – lf

Mike Barger – cf
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – dh
Alex Sutherland – c
Brian Wallace – 3b
Giomar Guevara – 2b
James Clifford – 1b
David Lawson – rf

COUGARS LINEUP:
Glenn Reeves – rf

Ralph Millard – 2b
Billy McMilon – lf
Kevin Millar – 1b
Dave Berg – 3b
Rob Brown – cf
Willie Brown – dh
Mike Redmond – c
Scott Southard – ss

In game #11, the Ryan Franklin struck out 11 Springfield Sultans in a 12-1 rout.  In game #12, Ivan Montane takes his turn on the mound as the Foxes welcome the Kane County Cougars to Goodland Field.

Montane started the game with a strikeout.  Then, he allowed a single to Ralph Millard.  Then, back-to-back strikeouts of Billy McMilon and Kevin Millar.  (Yes.  That Kevin Millar).

In the second, Montane struck out the side in order.  In the third, he got two grounders back to the mound before hitting Glenn Reeves.  No worries.  Montane picked Reeves off first to tend the inning.

The top of the fourth started with a strikeout (#7 if you’re counting), but a single by McMilon and a walk to Millar brought Dave Berg to the plate.  Montane escaped with a 5-4-3 double play.

While Montane was pitching like a BOSS, the Foxes offense had trouble against Paul Thornton.  And by trouble, I mean they didn’t have a hit against Thornton through the first four innings.  There was a slight rally after James Clifford reached on an error and David Lawson walked with one out in the third, but that went nowhere.

The Cougars got to Montane in the fifth inning.  Ron Brown singled, moved to second on an error by Giomar Guevara after a grounder by Willie Brown.  Mike Redmond singled to load the bases with no outs.  Scott Southard grounded into a 4-3 double play, but Ron Brown scored the run.

Thornton set down the Foxes in order in the fifth and got the first two outs of the bottom of the sixth inning.  Then, Mike Barger singled to break up the no-no.  Then, Mike Barger got caught trying to steal second base to end the inning.
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Montane came out firing in the seventh as he struck out the side in order (Brown, Brown, & Redmond) in the top of the seventh to give him 11 for the game.  Montane made it an even dozen strikeouts for the final out of the top of the eighth inning, but the Foxes still trailed 1-0.

Thornton struck out Clifford to start the bottom of the eighth.  Then, David Lawson singled.  He went to second on a ground out by Marcus Sturdivant.  Then, Barger delivered his second hit of the game.  An RBI single to score Lawson with the tying run.
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Montane walked McMilon to start the ninth.  Then, he got Millar to ground into a 5-4-3 double play.  That was the fourth double play turned by the Foxes infield in the game.  For good measuer, Montane struck out Dave Berg to end the ninth for thirteen punchouts.

The Foxes got the winning run to third in the bottom of the ninth when Guevara singled with two outs and went around to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Brian Ward.  But, Clifford struck out to end the ninth and send the game to extra innings.

Dean Crow gave up a one out double to Willie Brown in the top of the tenth.  Then, he struck out Redmond and pinch-hitter Alex Aranzamendi.  Fifteen strikeouts by Foxes pitchers in the game.

Will Cunnane took over on the mound for the Cougars in the bottom of the tenth.  He struck out David Lawson to start the inning, but a dropped third strike let Lawson reach base.  Sturdivant dropped a sacrifice bunt and reached on an error by Cunnane.  This error sent Lawson all the way to third.  Kane County decided to walk Barger intentionally to load the bases and bring Alex Rodriguez to the plate.

A-Rod singled. Lawson scored. Foxes celebrated the walkoff win!
arod94FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Ivan Montane: 9IP, 4H, R, 0ER, 4BB, 13K
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Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-4, RBI
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4
Kevin Millar: 0-for-2, 2 walks
Mike Redmond: 1-for-4

Ron Brown joined the Duluth-Superior Dukes in 1996.  That was the first team for which I was a radio announcer on a daily basis.  Ron was a great guy and had an incredible arm.  He turned a pretty good season with the Dukes into a contract with the Yankees organization.

Will Cunnane joined the Brewers from the Padres organization as the player to be named later in a trade from the 2000 season. 

The win pushed the Foxes home record to 8-4 in their first 12 games at Goodland Field in 1994.

Click for the PDF’s:
May7foxessheet

May7kanecountysheet

May7boxscore

1994 Foxes Home Game #11 – May 6

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: May 6
OPPONENT: Springfield Sultans
SULTANS STARTING PITCHER: Hal Garrett
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ryan Franklin
CONDITIONS: 56°, Calm
ATTENDANCE: 1,808

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf

Manny Patel – lf
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – dh
Alex Sutherland – c
Giomar Guevara – 2b
James Clifford- 1b
Jason Cook – 3b
David Lawson – rf

SULTANS LINEUP:
Earl Johnson – cf

John Cotton – lf
John Roberts – rf
Dave Mowry – dh
Leroy McKinnis – c
John Fantauzzi – 1b
Eduardo Cueas – 2b
Juan Espinal – 3b
Santiago Rivera – ss

In home game #10, the Foxes lost 2-1 to Springfield.  It was the second straight home loss for Appleton.  They would bounce back in game #11 in a big way.

But, they fell behind early in the game.  Ryan Franklin gave up an RBI double to John Fantauzzi with one out in the second inning and the Sultans had the 1-0 lead.  Franklin struck out the next two Springfield batters to halt the rally.

Franklin was never really in a big jam after those two strikeouts and I’ll get to his game in a bit.

Now is the game on Foxes Home Game when we talk about the Appleton offense.

In the bottom of the third, Mike Barger, singled and stole second.  Then, Manny Patel walked and Barger and Patel pulled a double steal.  Then, Alex Rodriguez walked to load the bases.  Then, Raul Ibanez drew a bases loaded walk to force Barger with the tying run.  Alex Sutherland followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Foxes in front as Patel scored and Rodriguez took third.

There were two outs, A-Rod is at third, Ibanez is at first and Giomar Guevara is at the plate.  Carlos Lezcano called for the DOUBLE STEAL!!! It was successful! Ibanez swiped second and Rodriguez scored for a 3-1 lead.
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By my count that is five stolen bases by the Foxes in that third inning.

In the fourth, Jason Cook singled with one out and David Lawson drew a walk.  Springfield starter Hal Garrett got the second out, but Patel launched a two-run triple to right for a 5-1 Foxes lead.

The Foxes tacked on another run in the fifth as Ibanez doubled with one out and scored when he beat a throw to the plate on a grounder by Guevara.  Guevara would steal two bases in the inning to run the Foxes total to seven for the game, but there was no more scoring in the frame.

There would be more Foxes runs in the sixth.  Lawson singled and Barger singled to put runners on the corners with no outs.  Barger stole second (SB #8 for the Foxes in the game) and Patel walked to load the bases for A-Rod.  A single by Rodriguez drove in two more runs for an 8-1 lead.  Ibanez followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Patel for a 9-1 score.

Appleton added three more runs in the seventh.  James Clifford scored the first run on a wild pitch by Jason Schlutt, the fourth Springfield pitcher of the game.  Patel drove in his third run of the game with a single to knock in Barger.

Then, Chad Dunavan pinch-hit for A-Rod.   Dunvavan doubled to drive in Patel for the 12-1 lead. 

PINCH HIT FOR AROD!!
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Marcus Sturdivant would pinch hit for Ibanez, but strike out to end the inning.

Speaking of strikeouts, Ryan Franklin struck out eleven Sultans over eight innings.  That includes striking out the side in order in the seventh.  Franklin struck out John Cotton to end the eighth inning and give him his eleven K’s in the game.
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Matt Mantei closed out the game with a 1-2-3 top of the ninth.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Manny Patel: 3-for-3, triple, two walks, three runs, stolen base, three RBI
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Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-3, walk, run, stolen base, two RBI
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-2, walk, sac fly, run, stolen base, two RBI
Ryan Franklin: 8IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 11K, WIN

The Foxes are 7-4 through their first eleven home games of the 1994 season.

Click for the PDF’s:
May6foxessheet

May6springfieldsheet

May6scoresheet

Renovation Update – Episode 12.89

Change songs:

Sam Cooke   Bob Dylan  John Lee Hooker & Carlos Santana

Still no video camera operator.  Still pictures.  Lots of still pictures.

The new team store is getting its drywall.

The new team store is getting its drywall.

Suite Four has been framed in...for the most part.

Suite Four has been framed in…for the most part.

This is a view out the side of Suite Six.

This is a view out the side of Suite Six.

Lots of activity in the new banquet facility.

Lots of activity in the new banquet facility.

More pictures below the break!
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Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

We continue our timeskip out of order this week with a look at the 1997 season.

The Timber Rattlers of 1997 followed up the ’96 squad with another playoff appearance, but this team was did not have an abundance of walkoff victories, until the last ten days of the regular season.

Also, we have a rare occurrence. Catcher Scott Steinmann had a walkoff hit against Rockford on May 30, scored a walkoff run against Rockford on August 31, and allowed a walkoff hit at Rockford on July 16.

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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.

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 help. HEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (6):

DATE: May 11
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Mike Burrows
PITCHER: Kevin Zaleski
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Kane County 6, Wisconsin 5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Burrows with a 2-out, 2-run home run!
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 6
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers trailed 6-1 in this game.

DATE: May 30 (Game 1 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
BATTER: Scott Steinmann
PITCHER: Trevor Schaeffer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in bottom of the 8th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Steinmann
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 5, Rockford 4 (8)
NOTE: The first game of the doubleheader went one extra inning. The Cubbies scored twice in the top of the eighth to take a 4-2 lead. Then, the Rattlers scored three in the bottom of the eighth to win.

DATE: August 20
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: Carlos Maldonado
PITCHER: Pete Harvell
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Carlos Maldonado’s RBI single drove in Jose Castro with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 6, South Bend 5
NOTE: Pete Harvell was a member of the Duluth-Superior Dukes in 1996 and 1998. I was a radio announcer for that Northern League franchise in both of those seasons.

DATE: August 27
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Adonis Harrison
PITCHER: Brandon Baird
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Adonis Harrison’s RBI single with the bases loaded drove in Jose Castro.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 3, Lansing 2
NOTE: It is noted in the game story that John Wollner, the President of Appleton Professional Baseball, announced before the game that he would step down at the end of the season.

DATE: August 30
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
BATTER: Ramon Vazquez
PITCHER: Trevor Schaeffer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Ramon Vazquez hits a leadoff homer!
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 6, Rockford 5
NOTE: Fernando Espino hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game.

DATE: August 31
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
BATTER: Fernando Espino
PITCHER: Trevor Schaeffer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Fernando Espino grounded to short and Scott Steinmann scored from third when the throw home was a little up the first base line.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 7, Rockford 6
NOTES: That was the third time Schaeffer was on the mound for Rockford when the Rattlers won on a walkoff. The story notes that Mike Marchiano was hit in the head with a pitch in the first inning. Steinmann entered the game – the last of the regular season – for Marchiano and proceeded to play every position (except pitcher). The Rattlers led 5-2 heading to the top of the ninth inning, but Rockford scored four runs in their last at bat to take a 6-5 lead.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (8):

DATE: May 4
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Riverview Stadium
BATTER: Brian McClure
PITCHER: Javier Gutierrez
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 14th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Brian McClure’s RBI single scores Rodney Lindsay.
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 5, Wisconsin 4 (14)
NOTE: The Rattlers scored a run in the top of the 13th for a 4-3 lead. But, Clinton tied the game with a run in the bottom of the 13th and won the game on McClure’s single.

DATE: May 5
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Riverview Stadium
BATTER: Adam Cross
PITCHER: Albert Derenches
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Adam Cross drives in the winning run with a bases loaded single.
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 6, Wisconsin 5
NOTE: Rattlers were up 5-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth. Brian McClure tied the game with a 2-run single and scored the winning run on the single by Cross.

DATE: June 5
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Larry Glozier
PITCHER: Albert Derenches
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Larry Glozier’s RBI single.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 4, Wisconsin 3 (10)
NOTE: Kane County tied the game in the ninth on a two-out, two-run single by Jeff Venghaus.

DATE: June 25
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: C. O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: Gary LoCurto
PITCHER: Brian Fitzgerald
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Gary LoCurto‘s RBI single scored Rontiez Johnson.
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 6, Wisconsin 5 (11)
NOTE: Michigan scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game 4-4. The Rattlers scored a run in the top of the eleventh for a 5-4 lead, but Michigan scored two runs in the bottom of the eleventh for the 6-5 win.

DATE: July 7
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
STADIUM: Marinelli Field
BATTER: Julio Zuleta
PITCHER: Jeromy Palki
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out RBI single by Zuelta
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 7, Wisconsin 6 (10)
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers were up 2-0 in this game. But, the Cubs scored twice in the bottom of the eighth. Then, Zuleta drove in the winning run in the ninth.

DATE: July 16
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Kevin Baderdeen
PITCHER: Scott Steinmann
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out RBI single by Baderdeen
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 7, Wisconsin 6 (10)
NOTE: Steinmann had to come into this game…for some reason. He got the first two outs in the bottom of the tenth. But, he issued a walk and a wild pitch to set up Baderdeen’s game winning single.

DATE: August 8
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Jamie Lopiccolo
PITCHER: Allan Westfall
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Lopiccolo hit a 2-out RBI single to drive in Josh Klimek.
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 4, Wisconsin 3 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers scored twice in the top of the ninth to tie the game 3-3.

DATE: August 10
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Jamie Lopiccolo
PITCHER: Russ Koehler
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Lopiccolo homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the 11th.
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 4, Wisconsin 3 (11)
NOTE: That’s two walkoff hits in three days for Lopiccolo.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

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)

 

Rattler Alumni Update – Nearing the end of the Winter Leagues

Australia is still in the regular season.  The Dominican Republic’s Championship series is almost over.  Puerto Rico is three games into their Championship Series.  Venezuela appears to have reached the end of the round robin part of their post season.

Australia stats are regular season.  Caribbean League stats are playoffs only.

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox (24-18)
Craig Anderson: 7-2, 2.18ERA; 11g, 11gs; 74.1IP, 5BB, 37K
Chris Snelling: 26g; .256/.465/.378; 2HR, 11RBI

Chris Snelling with Sydney from The Australian Baseball Digest.

Chris Snelling with Sydney from The Australian Baseball Digest.

Dominican Republic:
Leones del Escogido leads Aguilas Cibaenas 4-0 in the best-of-nine Championship Series

Aguilas Cibaenas:
BOBBY! Livingston: 1-0, 0.00ERA; 4g, 3.2IP; BB, 3K
Edward Paredes: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 13g, 6.2IP; 3BB, 4K
Juan Sandoval: 0-2, 2.25ERA; 16g, 12.0IP; 3BB, 9K

Estrellas de Oriente:
Juan Diaz: 6g; .176/.176/.294; 0HR, RBI

Toro del Este:
Carlos Peguero: 2g; .000/.167/.000; 0HR, RBI
Rene Rivera: 11g; .240/.345/.280; 0HR; 0RBI

Puerto Rico:
Indios de Mayaguez leads Crillos de Caguas 2-0 in the best-of-seven Championship Series

Cangrejeros de Santurce:
Jeff Dominguez: 11g; .279/.354/.349; 2HR, 5RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 8g; .269/.259/.346; 0HR, 2RBI
Miguel Martinez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 2g, 5.0IP; 0BB, K

Criollos de Caguas:
Efrain Nieves: 0-0, 7.71ERA; 4g, 2.1IP; BB, 0K

Indios de Mayaguez:
Martin Maldonado: 15g; .232/.317/.393; HR, 7RBI

Martin Maldonado gets ready to make the tag at the plate.  From Indios de Mayaguez website

Martin Maldonado gets ready to make the tag at the plate. From Indios de Mayaguez website

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (5-11):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 1-2, 3.06ERA; 4g, 4gs, 17.2IP; 4BB, 13K

Cardenales de Lara (10-6):
Oswaldo Navarro: 3g; .000/.143/.000; 0HR, RBI
Luis Valbuena: 16g; .354/.417/.523; 2HR; 17RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 3.38ERA; 5g, 2.2IP; 5BB, K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 6g, 6.2IP; 2BB, 6K

Caribes de Anzoategui (8-8):
Luis Oliveros: 5g; .286/.375/.357; 0HR, 2RBI

Leones del Caracas (7-9):
Justin Thomas: 1-0, 0.96; 10g, 9.1IP; 2BB, 3K

Justin Thomas (63) gets high fives from his Caracas teammates. From Venezolana de Television.

Justin Thomas (63) gets high fives from his Caracas teammates. From Venezolana de Television.

Navagantes del Magallanes (10-6):
Carlos Maldonado: 7g; .200/.407/.250; 0HR, RBI

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