1994 Foxes Home Game #10 – May 5
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 5
OPPONENT: Springfield Sultans
SULTANS STARTING PITCHER: Luis Arroyo
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brian Doughty
CONDITIONS: Cool (Editor’s Note: No temperature given. It was just cool)
Mike Barger – cf
Jason Cook – 3b
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Brian Wallace – 1b
Raul Ibanez – c
Jose Cuellar – dh
David Lawson – rf
Chad Dunavan – lf
Earl Johnson – cf
John Cotton – lf
John Roberts – rf
Dave Mowry – dh
LeRoy McKinnis – c
John Fantauzzi – 1b
Eduardo Cuevas – 2b
Juan Espinal – 3b
Santiago Rivera – ss
In game #9, the Sultans edged the Foxes 5-3 in eleven innings. This was despite back-to-back homers by Alex Rodriguez and Raul Ibanez in the first inning. What does game #10 hold? Read on!
For the second game in a row, the Foxes grabbed the early lead. Barger started the inning with a single. Guevara singled to first and Barger made it around to third base. Wallace singled with two outs and Barger scored for a 1-0 lead.
Brian Doughty held the lead until Eduardo Cuevas hit a lead off home run in the third inning.
Meanwhile, Springfield starting pitcher Luis Arroyo was holding the Foxes off the scoreboard. The only real threat he faced in the middle innings was when Barger singled to start the third. A balk and a stolen base put Barger on third, but Arroyo got out of the inning with a grounder to second, a line drive to the mound, and a strikeout of A-Rod.
Doughty was yanked after a leadoff double by McKinnis in the fifth inning. Greg Theron entered and issued a walk, but a force at third on a sacrifice bunt, a single to load the bases, and a 4-6-3 double play ended the Springfield threat.
Theron worked a scoreless sixth, but walks to Mowry and McKinnis to start the seventh put Theron on his heels. He recovered momentarily to pick Mowry off second base. But, single by Fantauzzi put runners on the corners with one out. Cuevas sent a grounder to third, but the Foxes could only get the force at second instead of the inning ending double play. McKinnis scored on the play for a 2-1 Springfield lead.
Ibanez doubled to left off Arroyo to start the bottom of the seventh. But, he was stranded there when the inning ended.
Arroyo went back out for the eighth and tossed a 1-2-3 frame against the top third of the Appleton order.
Springfield went to Dan Drewin for the bottom of the ninth and it went: Rodriguez strikes out, Wallace pops out to short, and Ibanez grounds out to short. Springfield beats the Foxes for the second game in a row.
FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Mike Barger: 2-f0r-4, RUN, SB
Alex Rodriguez: 0-for-4, 3Ks
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4, 2Ba
Luis Arroyo was 8-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts for Springfield in 1994. He was promoted to Rancho Cucamonga, San Diego’s affiliate in the California League, later in the ’94 season. He scattered six hits over eight innings for this win at Goodland Field.
The Foxes have now lost two straight home games and are 6-4 through the first ten games of the 1994 season.
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