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
montane94NOTES:
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

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