1994 Foxes Home Game #9 – May 4

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 4
OPPONENT: Springfield Sultans
CONDITIONS: 63°, overcast, breeze to right

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

Earl Johnson – cf
John Cotton – dh
John Roberts – rf
Dave Mowry – 1b
LeRoy McKinnis – c
Darrick Duke – lf
Dick Woodridge – 2b
Juan Espinal – 3b
Erick Corps – ss

In game #8, the Foxes rallied a lot to win in 12 innings over the Sultans.  Is game #9 destined for extra innings, too?  Would I ask the question if it wasn’t?

The Foxes got off to the fast start in this game and it was back-to-back solo jacks by……Alex Rodriguez and Raul Ibanez with two outs in the bottom of the first inning for a 2-0 lead.  By my count this would be five homers in three games for A-Rod and …. 13 RBI…. THIRTEEN RBI in the first four games of May…Yeah.  He was pretty good.

Brian Wallace was next and he was hit by a pitch.  (Coincidence, I’m sure).  Alex Sutherland was next and hit double to right field drove in Wallace for a 3-0 lead for the Foxes after one inning.

John Roberts brought the Sultans back.  He singled to lead off the fourth inning and eventually scored on a two-out single by Woodridge.  Roberts led off the sixth inning with a single and eventually scored on a two-out single by Darrick Duke to make the score 3-2.

A defensive play in the top of the seventh allowed the Foxes to maintain their one run advantage.  Harikkala hit Corps with one out in the seventh inning.  Robin Cope took over on the mound and gave up a single to Earl Johnson, but it turned into an 8-6-3-6-2 double play.

Johnson got hung up in a rundown between first and second as the throw came into A-Rod.  Corps, who had made it to third, took off during the rundown.  But Rodriguez tagged out Johnson and threw to the plate in time to get Corps for the final out of the inning.

Then, things got really interesting.

Darrell White, the second pitcher of the game for the Sultans, had Patel at second with two outs and A-Rod at the plate.  The scoresheet notes a HBP.  The boxscore notes the following: D. White – Springfield – ejected (Threw at Rodriguez).

Brian Wolfe took over for the Sultans and walked Ibanez to load the bases, but he struck out Wallace for the final out.

Springfield tied the game in the top of the eighth.  He walked John Cotton and hit John Roberts (without being ejected), but got the next two outs.  However, Santiago Rivera, who entered the game as a pinch runner in the sixth, doubled to center to get Coton home with the tying run.

Wolf worked shutout ball in the 8th, 9th, & 10th – including a strikeout of A-Rod in the 10th) to keep the game tied 3-3.

Springfield took their first lead of the game in the eleventh with two unearned runs off Oscar Rivera, the fourth Foxes pitcher of the game.

Santiago Rivera singled to start the Sultans rally.  Woodridge reached on a throwing error to second by Wallace after a sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and second with no outs.  Juan Espinal’s sacrifice bunt moved both runners up a base.  Corps hit a sacrifice fly deep enough to score Rivera.  Johnson’s grounder back to the mound was booted for another error and Woodridge scored for a 503 lead.

Sultans reliever Jason Schlutt shut the door with a 1-2-3 bottom of the eleventh and Springfield had the win.

Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-4, HR, RBI, CS
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4, HR, RBI

The Foxes were charged with three errors in the game.

Each team had two batters hit by pitches.  But, there was only the one ejection.

Both teams turned three double plays for a total of six twin killings.  Two of Springfield three double plays were of the “strike-him out, throw-him out” variety.

Sultans manager Ed Romero was making some moves in this game.  He had Santiago pinch run for Duke in the sixth inning.  Santiago entered the game on defense at short.  That moved Corps from short to left.  In the bottom of the eleventh, Romero put Cotton, his DH, into left field for Corps.

Romero must have known what he was doing.  No balls were hit to left field while Corps was in the game.  The first ball put into play in the bottom of the eleventh was a fly ball to Cotton, who made the catch for the first out.

The Foxes are 6-3 at Goodland Field through eight home games of the 1994 season. 




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