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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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