1994 Foxes Home Game #8 – May 3
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 3
OPPONENT: Springfield Sultans
SULTANS STARTING PITCHER: Jim Baron
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brett Hinchcliffe
TRIVIA: This Springfield team moved to which current Midwest League city?
CONDITIONS: 60°, pleasant
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – lf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Brian Wallace – 1b
Jason Cook – 3b
Alex Sutherland – c
Jose Cuellar – dh
David Lawson – rf
Earl Johnson – cf
Dickie Woodridge – 2b
John Roberts – rf
David Mowry – dh
John Cotton – lf
Lee Henderson – c
John Fantazzi – 1b
Juan Espinal – 3b
Santiago Rivera – ss
In home game #7, Alex Rodriguez hit a pair of homers and the Foxes beat Rockford. Appleton had won three straight home games to move their Goodland Field record at 5-2 to start the season. Can the Foxes stay hot?
It was the Sultans who started fast. Woodridge singled, stole second, and scored on a single by Mowry in the first inning.
Appleton answered with two runs in the third inning to take the lead. Cuellar scored on a fielder’s choice by Patel. A-Rod’s two-out RBI double knocked in Barger.Springfield tied the game in the fifth. Juan Espinal hit a leadoff homer off Hinchliffe.
The Sultans went up 3-2 in the sixth. John Roberts doubled, went to third on a grounder, and scored on a fielder’s choice by John Cotton.
Roberts came up to face reliever Marty Winchester to start the eighth inning and launched a home run for a 4-2 lead.
Jason Schlutt, who came on in relief of Baron in the seventh, gave up a leadoff single to Patel in the eighth. Schlutt got the first out. Then, A-Rod cracked a two-run homer to left-center to tie the game. This was the third homer in two games for Rodriguez. It also gave him eight RBI in two games.
The game stayed tied 4-4 until the top of the eleventh. Matt Mantei, appearing in his third consecutive game, walked Rivera with one out. Consecutive singles by Johnson and Eduardo Cuevas drove in Rivera.
But, the Foxes extended the game in the bottom of the eleventh. Alex Rodriguez hit a leadoff homer off Dan Drewin. That makes four homers in two games for A-Rod.
Springfield probably thought they had won the game in the top of the twelfth when they plated two runs for a 7-5 lead. Mowry hit a leadoff homer to right-center. Fantauzzi would drill a two-out homer to left. Both of these home runs were off Mantei.
But, the Foxes weren’t done.
Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for Cuellar to start the twelfth and singled. A wild pitch moved him to second. Barger drew a one out walk and that took Bryan Wolff, the fourth Springfield pitcher to appear, out of the game.
Brad Kaufman, the fifth Springfield pitcher of the night, did not fare much better. He walked Patel to load the bases. Then, he walked Guevara to force in Ibanez. Springfield still leads 7-6, but A-Rod is due at the plate.
Things get a little fuzzy here without a game writeup to follow But, if you click on the Foxes Sheet link below you may be able to figure it out.
Rodriguez singles back to the pitcher to drive in Barger with the tying run. Was this a suicide squeeze from the cleanup hitter? Did he top the ball up the line and no defender had a play? Did he crack the ball back off of Kaufman and beat the throw to first base? A trip to the library is needed.
But, that isn’t the weird play. The next play is where an eye witness would be helpful.
Wallace is at the plate in a tie game with the bases loaded and one out. According to the scoresheet, Wallace never put the ball in play. Patel – the runner at third – was out on a 2-5 caught stealing, but Guevara, the runner at second wound up scoring the winning run on a throwing error by Juan Espinal, the Springfield third baseman.
Here is a wild guess at what happened.
Wallace, who had been 1-for-5 with two strikeouts in the game, stepped in to hit. Foxes manager Carlos Lezcano called for the squeeze bunt. But, the Sultans guessed right and pitched out. Patel had started charging for home and tried to retreat to third, but was out there. Meanwhile, Guevara had wandered too far from second base and Espinal saw an opportunity to get the third out. But, the throw went wild and by the time the defense could track down the baseball, Guevara scored the run to give the Foxes an 8-7 win in twelve innings for their fourth straight home win.
Sounds good to me.
ANSWER: Springfield moved to Lansing after the 1995 season.
Former Timber Rattlers manager Jeff Isom played for Springfield in 1994. But, he started that season in the Pirates organization and does not appear to have joined the Padres system until after this series against the Foxes.
The manager of the 1994 Sultans was former Brewers infielder Ed Romero.
This win put the Foxes at 6-2 through eight home games of the 1994 season.
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