January 2013

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)
ATTENDANCE: 477

FOXES LINEUP:
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

SULTANS LINEUP:
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

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NOTES:
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.

Click for the PDFs:
May5foxessheet

May5springfieldsheet

May5boxscore

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
SULTANS STARTING PITCHER: Kyle White
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Tim Harikkala
CONDITIONS: 63°, overcast, breeze to right
ATTENDANCE: 401

FOXES LINEUP:
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

SULTANS LINEUP:
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.
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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.

NOTES:
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. 

CLICK FOR THE PDFs:
May4foxessheet

May4springfieldsheet

May4boxscore

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
ATTENDANCE: 429

FOXES LINEUP:
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

SULTANS LINEUP:
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.


barger94Appleton 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.


guevara94Wallace 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.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Alex Rodriguez: 4-for-6, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI
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Raul Ibanez: 1-for-1, RUN

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.

Click for the PDFs:
May3foxessheet

May3springfieldsheet

May3boxscore

Guide to Rattlers Alumni in 2013 World Baseball Classic

The rosters are out for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  There are 23 19 20 players who have suited up as Timber Rattlers on 12 9 of the 28 16 teams. (*See update at the bottom of the post).

Let’s take a look:

USA! USA! USA! (2):
Adam Jones (2004)
Jonathan Lucroy (2012)
Adam Jones

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Australia (2 3):
Ryan Rowland-Smith (2002, 2003)
Chris Snelling (2000)
Mike Walker??? yes Mike Walker (2011)
Snelling

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Canada (5):
Phillippe Aumont (2008)
Taylor Green (2009)
Jim Henderson (2009)
Brett Lawrie (2009)
Michael Saunders (2006)

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Colombia (1):
Marwin Vega (2006)

Dominican Republic (1):
Carlos Gomez (2010, 2011, 2012)

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Israel (1):
Brett Lorin (2008)

Sorry, Brett. This was the only picture we have of you in a Rattlers uniform.

Sorry, Brett. This was the only picture we have of you in a Rattlers uniform.

Italy:
Alex Liddi (2006, 2007, 2008)

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Nicaragua (2):
Ron Garth (2006, 2007, 2008)
J.C. Ramirez (2008)

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Netherlands (2):
Wladimir Balentien (2004)
Kalian Sams (2007)

Puerto Rico:
Hiram Bugos (2010)
Martin Maldonado (2009)

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Taiwan:
Yung-Chi Chen (2005)

Venezuela (3):
Asdrubal Cabrera (2005)
Felix Hernandez (2003)
Cesar Jimenez (2003)

*-Alert reader Kyle from Brew Crew Ball points out that Israel, Nicaragua, & Colombia did not make the field of 16 for the 2013 WBC.  But, as I pointed out in the comments.  I had those pictures and I was going to use those pictures.  Plus, as I did not point out in the comments, any time I can mention Marwin Vega…I am going to mention Marwin Vega.

UPDATE TWO: The Australian Baseball Digest was confused by the addition of Mike Walker to Australia, too.  His mother is Australian.  That makes him eligible for Team Australia.

Renovation Update: Episode 12.75

I am still without a videographer.  However, JP Cadorin of Sports32 was at the stadium on Wednesday to work on a story for next week’s show.  Check your local listings!

Your musical choices today Yes or David Bowie or Little River Band

For now….Photographs! (Click for larger version)

Something funny/informative here

Don’t tell anyone, but I found a hole in the canvas and got this shot of the field from what would be the outside seating area of Suite Two.

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The concrete floor has been poured on the entire upper level…except for the outside seating.

Something funny/informative here

This is a look inside Suite Five from its back wall.

Lots, lots more after the break!

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Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

We continue our timeskip backwards with a look at the 1996 season.

The Timber Rattlers made the Midwest League Championship Series in 1996 and had an appropriate amount of walkoff victories to match. If you know anything about this Rattlers team, it should not be a surprise to see whose name pops up with the first walkoff homer in Timber Rattlers history.

Keep in mind that this may not be a complete list. The person (Ed.: AHEM) who went through the microfilm of The Post-Crescent boxscores at Appleton Public Library forgot to get ALL of the details.

If need be, I’ll go back and get these at some point. If you were at these games – or happen to be former Rattlers radio announcer Tim McCord, drop a line in the comments to help. HEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

Which of these Rattlers had the most walkoff hits in 1996?

Which of these Rattlers had the most walkoff hits in 1996?  Read on, dear reader!

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (8):

DATE: April 14
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Jose Amado
PITCHER: Keith Glauber
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jose Amado with a Sacrifice Fly drives in the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 2, Peoria 1 (10)
NOTE: Amado tied the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth.

DATE: April 23
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Joe Mathis
PITCHER: Tony Pavlovich
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded RBI single by Mathis drove in pinch runner Faruq Darcuiel.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 6, Beloit 5 (10)
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers trailed 1-0, 3-1, and 5-3 in this game before rallying to win the game.

DATE: April 26
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Jose Amado
PITCHER: Scott Key
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jose Amado with an RBI single.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 4, Lansing 3
NOTE: Lansing tied the game 3-3 with a run in the top of the 9th

DATE: May 21
OPPONENT: Quad City River Bandits
BATTER: Jose Amado
PITCHER: Mike Walter
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jose Amado with a game winning sacrifice fly.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 5, Quad City 4
NOTE: Rattlers were down 4-3 going to the bottom of the ninth, but scored twice to win the game.

DATE: MAY 24
OPPONENT: Quad City River Bandits
BATTER: Luis Tinoco
PITCHER: Eric Smith
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 10-10 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Tinoco with an RBI single to drive in David Ortiz
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 11, Quad City 10 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers were down 10-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. They scored four in the eighth and six in the ninth to tie the game before Tinoco’s game winner

DATE: June 8
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars (Game 2 of doubleheader)
BATTER: David Oritz
PITCHER: Tony Castro
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 8th
GAME WINNING PLAY: David Ortiz walkoff homer!
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 3, Kane County 2
NOTES: David Ortiz ended this extra-inning game with the first walkoff homer in Timber Rattlers history.

DATE: July 7
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: David Ortiz
PITCHER: Sean Duncan
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Oritz with a bases loaded RBI single in the bottom of the ninth drove in Adonis Harrison.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 5, South Bend 4
NOTES: Ortiz went 5-for-5 with a homer and the game winning RBI single. Rattlers trailed 4-2 after South Bend scored four runs in the top of the eighth. Wisconsin scored one in the bottom of the eighth and two in the bottom of the ninth to rally for the win.

DATE: August 5
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Mike Hickey
PITCHER: Bob Pailthorpe
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Hickey with a bases loaded RBI single.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 5, Kane County 4
NOTES: Game story notes that Hickey’s game winning single was a bad hop single under the glove of first baseman Nate Rolison’s glove. It was also the second game at home for Hickey.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (4):

DATE: July 3
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Andy Collett
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: ????
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 4, Wisconsin 3 (14)
NOTE: HHHEEEELLLLLLLLLPPPPPP!!!

DATE: July 20
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Riverview Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Brent Iddon
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 4, Wisconsin 3 (10)
NOTE: HHHHHHEEEEEEELLLLLLLLPPPP!!

DATE: August 2
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
STADIUM Marinelli Field
BATTER: Bo Porter
PITCHER: Brent Iddon
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 5, Rockford 3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bo Porter hits a game-ending 3-run home run
FINAL SCORE: Rockford 6, Wisconsin 5
NOTE: Rattlers scored three runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead.

DATE: September 3
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: Vonachen Stadium
BATTER: Chris Haas
PITCHER: Brent Iddon
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Haas hits a 2-out pinch hit home run
FINAL SCORE: Peoria 2, Wisconsin 1
NOTE: This was Game One of the first round of the 1996 playoffs. The Rattlers tied the game 1-1 on an RBI double by Oritz in the top of the ninth.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

MLB Memory Lane – July 3, 1999

I went to a lot of baseball games before I started working in baseball.  MLB Memory Lane is a look back at some of those games.

This week: A midsummer trip to Denver included a stop at Coors Field.

Date: July 3, 1999
Teams: San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies
Stadium: Coors Field
Seat Location: First base side in the top deck
With: Friends

The seats were in the third deck on the first base side. The purple line designates A mile above sea level.

The seats were in the third deck on the first base side. The purple row of seats designates one mile above sea level.

The summer of 1999 was a weird time for me.  It is the only summer since 1995 that I was not involved in baseball.  I had wrapped up my first season as the radio announcer for the Green Bay Gamblers, a hockey team in the USHL, and by this point of the summer I was really, really bored.

Fortunately, I had the opportunity to get into my blue Ford Taurus and take a road trip.  My journey took me to visit high school friends who had since moved from Wisconsin to Denver, Colorado.

After catching up for a few days someone brought up the idea of going to a Rockies game.  This was at a time when tickets were difficult to get.  But, a rain out earlier in the season – and baseball’s aversion to the traditional doubleheader – gave us an opportunity to catch the day game of a Day-Night doubleheader at Coors Field against the San Diego Padres.

It was the opportunity to see a game at Coors Field and spend time with friends whom I had not seen in a long time that made me want to go, because the starting pitching matchup was Woody Williams against Roberto Ramirez.

My Coors Field experience was everything I expected because the Rockies were up a 7-0 after the third inning. (NOTE: This was pre-humidor.)

I don't think  that Larry Walker has to buy a drink in Colorado.  Photo Credit:  Brian Bahr

I don’t think that Larry Walker has to buy a drink in Colorado. Photo Credit: Brian Bahr

I was still taking in my surroundings in the bottom of the first when Larry Walker launched this laser to right field.  The ball would have gone through the wall had it not gone over it.  Then, Colorado put up six runs in the second inning.

The first three runs scored by Colorado in the second inning came in on a home run by Neifi Perez.  Three batters later Vinny Castilla hit another three run homer for the 7-0 lead.

This is how I usually remember Neifi Perez. Photo Credit:  Brian Bahr

This is how I usually remember Neifi Perez. Photo Credit: Brian Bahr

Keep in mind, I could go whole seasons of games at old Milwaukee County Stadium without seeing three homers.  Now, I see the home team hit three in their first two at bats in my first game at Coors Field.  I knew I had stepped into a different place.

“Don’t worry, this thing isn’t even close to over yet”, my friends knowingly told me.

So, of course, the Padres score four runs in the top of the third on a pair of two-run homers.  Phil Nevin’s homer didn’t surprise me.  It was the one by Ruben Rivera that caught me off guard.

No. Seriously. Ruben Rivera.

No. Seriously. Ruben Rivera.

Colorado scored again in the bottom of the third as former Brewer Darryl Hamilton singled in Kirt Manwaring for an 8-4 lead.

Once a Brewer, always a Brewer.  By the way, Darryl Hamilton figures into a great story that will be covered in a future MLB Memory Lane.

Once a Brewer, always a Brewer. By the way, Darryl Hamilton figures into a great story that will be covered in a future MLB Memory Lane.

The Rockies pushed the lead to 11-4 with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth.  Kurt Abbott hit a two-run homer after Todd Helton had doubled.  Then, Manwaring tripled…yes, Kirt Manwaring tripled…and Neifi Perez singled in Manwaring for his fourth RBI of the game.

This is how Jack Kirby would picture Kirt Manwaring hitting a triple.

This is how Jack Kirby would picture Kirt Manwaring hitting a triple.

Not over.

I think I was walking around the stadium to get photos on my disposable camera while the Padres rallied in the fifth when Wally Joyner hit a two-run homer.

If this game was an episode of RAW, Jim Ross would have yelled, "BY GOD, KING! That's Wally Joyner's music!!"

If this game was an episode of RAW, Jim Ross would have yelled, “BY GOD, KING! That’s Wally Joyner’s music!!”

It was a shock when Padres reliever Carlos Almanzar pitched a scoreless bottom of the fifth inning.  It was a bigger shock when Dan Miceli, who I would much later learn played for the Appleton Foxes, tossed a scoreless sixth.

At this point I was back at the seats and it was my turn to buy.  I went to the concession stand on the upper level and ordered three Coors Lights.  I paid for the brews and the concessions worker gave them to me.  I started to walk away when a security guard or supervisor, yelled, “STOP! You were only supposed to get two!”

I didn’t say it, but he must have seen the look on my face as the universal language for “What do you mean I’m only supposed to get two?  Don’t you realize that I’m from Wisconsin?”

He explained the – at the time foreign concept – that individual people may only purchase two beers at a time when going to the concession stand.  But, since I already had the beers and it was the fault of the worker, he let me go back to the seats with a beer for me and one for the other two friends who wanted one.

Nothing sinister, but odd.

I did get back to my seat in time for the Padres four run rally against Jerry DiPoto and Curtis Leskanic in the top of the seventh.  DiPoto got the first out, but loaded the bases on a double and two walks.  Ruben Rivera doubled in two runs and it was 11-8.  On came Leskanic to allow a run to score on a Dave Magadan RBI grounder.  Then, Damian Jackson singled in one more run to make it 11-10.

Never panic when you have Leskanic.

Never panic when you have Leskanic!

The Padres bullpen couldn’t hold out forever.  There were two outs and Hamilton was on second base in the bottom of the seventh.  Vinny Castilla tripled.  I say again, for the love of Alexander Cartwright, Vinny Castilla tripled!

I'm guessing that this Vinny Castilla hit was not a triple.

I’m guessing that this Vinny Castilla hit was not a triple.

I don’t know what game I watched that day, but it sure as heckfire wasn’t baseball.

It was still 12-10 heading to the Padres ninth and Colorado went to Dave Veres.

Veres gets the first out and the sound guy at Coors Field plays the opening riff to Rocky Mountain Way by Joe Walsh.  Then, Ruben Rivera singled for his third hit of the game.

Dave Magadan flew out and the sound guy cranks up a little bit more of Rocky Mountain Way.

The game is on the line and the Padres have the pitcher’s spot due up.  On comes John Vander Wal.  Vander Wal was a former Rockie and was one of the best pinch hitters from that era.

But on this day, Veres won the battle and Rocky Mountain Way was cranked all the way up as the Rockies celebrated the win!

Made loud to be played loud!

STARTING LINEUPS:

   San Diego Padres              Colorado Rockies         
1. Veras               2b        Perez               ss
2. Owens               lf        Hamilton            cf
3. Sanders             rf        Walker              rf
4. Nevin               c         Castilla            3b
5. Joyner              1b        Helton              1b
6. Ruben Rivera        cf        Echevarria          lf
7. Arias               3b        Abbott              2b
8. Jackson             ss        Manwaring           c
9. Williams            p         Ramirez             p

Top Performers:
SD:
Reggie Sanders: 4-for-5, 2 2Bs, 2 RUNS
Ruben Rivera: 3-for-5, 2 RUNS, 3 RBI

COL:
Neifi Perez: 2-for-4, 4 RBI
Vinny Castilla: 3-for-5, 4 RBI
Kirt Manwaring: 4-for-5, 3 RUNS

HOME RUNS:
SD: Eric Owens, Phil Nevin, Ruben Rivera, Wally Joyner
COL: Larry Walker, Neifi Perez, Vinny Castilla, Kurt Abbott

That’s eight home runs.  That’s more than enough for this week.

Retrosheet Boxscore
Baseball Reference WPA Chart

Past MLB Memory Lane entries:
Rally against The Eck & Walkoff the A’s (1989)

Dennis Lamp near no-hitter (1981)

Teddy & Team Streak (1987)

Chester Marcol steals the show (1980)

Nolan Ryan at Wrigley (1987)

Larry Hisle beats Louisiana Lightning (1978)

Bonds, Kent, Burks ruin my dad’s 60th birthday (1999)

Doubleheader against Yaz & the Red Sox (1977)

Rattlers Alumni Report – Winter Leagues Regular Season & Playoffs

Only one week to follow up on a promise.  It’s almost like a resolution or something.

Australia Baseball League is still in the regular season and stays up top.  The leagues that are in the playoffs are also on top.

The bottom part of this update gives you the details on how former Rattlers did in the regular season during the winter leagues.

Australia (Regular Season):
Sydney Blue Sox (22-16, T-1st):
Craig Anderson: 6-2, 1.71ERA; 10g, 10gs; 68.1IP, 5BB, 36K
Anderson is tied for the ABL lead in wins and leads the ABL in innings pitched

Dominican Republic (Playoffs):
Aguilas Cibaenas (9-5):
Bobby! Livingston: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 1g; 0.1IP, 0BB, K
Edward Paredes: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 9g; 4.2IP, BB, 4K
Juan Sandoval: 0-1, 1.08ERA; 11g; 8.1IP, 2BB, 7K

Estrellas de Oriente (3-11):
Juan Diaz: 6g; .176/.176/.294; 0HR, RBI

Toros del Este (7-7):
Carlos Peguero: 2g; .000/.167/.000; 0HR, RBI
Rene Rivera: 11g; .240/.345/.280; 0HR, 0RBI

Puerto Rico (Playoffs):
Cangrejeros de Santurce (4-6):
Jeff Dominguez: 10g; .268/.318/.341; 0HR, 2RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 6g; .227/.217/.273; 0HR, 2RBI
Miguel Martinez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 1g; 2.0IP, 0BB, K

Yadiel Rivera with Santurce in Puerto Rico. Photo Credit: HERE

Yadiel Rivera with Santurce in Puerto Rico. Photo Credit: HERE

Criollos de Caguas (6-4):
Efrain Nieves: 0-0, 9.00ERA; 2g; 1.0IP, BB, 0K

Indios de Mayaguez (7-3):
Martin Maldonado: 10g; .263/.349/.500; HR; 7RBI

Venezuela (Playoffs):
Aguilas del Zulia (4-5):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 1-1, 8.10ERA; 2g, 2gs; 6.2IP, 4BB, 7K

Austin Bibens-Dirkx with Zulia. Photo Credit: HERE

Austin Bibens-Dirkx with Zulia. Photo Credit: HERE

Cardenales de Lara (5-5):
Oswaldo Navarro: 1g; .000/.000/.000 (0-for-5)
Luis Valbuena: 10g; .286/.333/.310; 0HR, 6RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 3.86ERA; 3g; 2.1IP, 3BB, K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 3g; 3.1IP; BB, 3K

Cesar Jimenez pitching for Lara in Venezuela. Photo Credit: HERE

Cesar Jimenez pitching for Lara in Venezuela. Photo Credit: HERE

Caribes de Anzoategui (5-5):
Luis Oliveros: 3g; .250/.400/.375; 0HR, 2RBI

Leones del Caracas (4-5):
Asdrubal Cabrera: 9g; .361/.477/.500; HR, 6RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (6-4):
Carlos Maldonado: 3g; .000/.364/.000; 0HR, 0RBI

Carlos Maldonado with Magallanes. Photo Credit: HERE

Carlos Maldonado with Magallanes. Photo Credit: HERE

Here are the regular season final stats for the Rattler Alumni in the Caribbean Winter Leagues:

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (32-18):
Edward Paredes: 3-0, 1.93ERA; 24g; 14.0IP, 8BB, 10K
Juan Sandoval: 0-1, 4.63ERA; 17g; 11.2IP; 4BB, 6K

Juan Sandoval in action with Diablos Rojos del Mexico during the summer. Photo Credit: HERE

Juan Sandoval in action with Diablos Rojos del Mexico during the summer. Photo Credit: HERE

Estrellas de Oriente (30-20):
Juan Diaz: 39g; .259/.289/.371; 2HR, 13RBI

Gigantes del Cibao (22-29):
Carlos Peguero: 18g; .333/.425/.571; 4HR, 14RBI
Rene Rivera: 14g; .130/.212/.283; 2HR, 4RBI
Bobby! Livingston: 0-2, 3.72ERA; 4g, 3gs; 9.2IP, 2BB, 4K
Aquilino Lopez: 0-1, 29.45ERA; 7g; 3.2IP, 2BB, 3K*
*-Includes two games with Tigres del Licey

Leones del Escogido (23-28):
Taylor Green: 11g; .300/.333/.350; 0HR, 3RBI

Tigres del Licey (21-29):
Carlos Triunfel: 25g; .147/.237/.147; 0HR, 3RBI

Puerto Rico:
Antenienses de Manati (15-24):
Tony Butler: 0-0, SAVE, 1.56ERA; 11g, 1gs; 17.1IP, 18BB, 7K

Cangrejeros de Santurce (21-18):
Jeff Dominguez: 36g; .250/.400/.385; 2HR, 7RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 21g; .347/.347/.429; 0HR, 6RBI
Miguel Martinez: 1-1, 3.70ERA; 16g, 1gs; 24.1IP, 12BB, 20K

Criollos de Caguas (24-16):
Efrain Nieves:  1-2, 3.91ERA; 11g, 3gs; 25.1IP, 7BB, 20K

Indios de Mayaguez 23-17:
Martin Maldonado: 28g; .276/.373/.388; 2HR, 18RBI

Venezuela:
Aguilas de Zulia (35-28):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 2-2, 2.35ERA; 12g, 10gs; 53.2IP; 15BB, 57K

Bravos de Margarita (23-38):
Renee Cortez: 4-2, 3.42ERA; 18g, 0gs; 26.1IP, 12BB, 20K
Jeremy Jeffress: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 2g, 0gs; 3.1IP; BB, K

Cardenales de Lara (34-29):
Johan Limonta: 29g; .240/.305/.307; HR, 7RBI
Oswaldo Navarro: 33g; .178/.302/.289; 2HR, 11RBI
Luis Valbuena: 51g; .306/.414/.497; 6HR, 39RBI
Jose Escalona: 19g; 1-0, 2.65ERA; 17.0IP; 7BB, 12K
Ryan Feierabend: 0-1, 3.26ERA; 6g, 6gs; 30.1IP, 4BB, 19K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-3, 4 SAVES, 3.68ERA; 22.0IP, 8BB, 26K

Caribes de Anzoategui (35-28):
Mike Wilson: 7g; .063/.250/.063; 0HR, RBI

Leones del Caracas (35-28):
Asdrubal Cabrera: 11g; .277/.346/.404; HR, 4RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (36-27):
Sean Halton: 14g; .160/.263/.360′ 3HR, 6RBI
Carlos Maldonado: 49g; .270/.379/.522; 12HR, 30RBI

Tiburones de La Guaira (29-33):
J.C Ramirez: 2-1, 12.38ERA; 12g; 8.0IP, 9BB, 7K

1994 Foxes Home Game #7 – May 2

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 2
OPPONENT: Rockford Royals
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ivan Montane
OPPOSING STARTING PITCHER: Kevin Rawitzer
TRIVIA: How many home runs did Alex Rodriguez hit with the Foxes in 1994?
CONDITIONS: 58°, crisp
ATTENDANCE: 353
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FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Brian Wallace – 1b
Raul Ibanez – c
Jason Cook – 3b
Jose Cuellar – dh
Chad Dunavan – rf

ROYALS LINEUP:
Jeremy Carr – 2b
Eric Walls – cf
Sal Fasano – 1b
Carlos Mendez – dh
Mike Sweeney – c
Lino Diaz – 3b
Jimmy Byington – rf
Carlos Subero – ss
OJ Rhone – lf

Montane had a rough start.  Heck, the defense had a rough start.  Carr reached on a single and took second when Wallace missed a catch on a pickoff throw.  Walls followed with an RBI single.  One out later, Wallace missed a grounder off the bat of Mendez.  On the same play, an errant throw to third by Guevara let Walls score and Mendez to take second.  Then, Montane threw a wild pitch to send Mendez to third.  Sweeney knocked in the final run of the inning with a grounder to short.

Rockford added a run off Montane in the third and the fourth innings for a 5-0 lead.  In the third, Mendez walked, went to third on a single by Sweeney, and scored on a single by Diaz.  In the fourth, Walls reached on a fielder’s choice.  Fasano doubled to left and Manny Patel was charged with an error for missing the ball on a grounder.  That let Walls score.

The scoresheet isn’t clear when it happened, but Foxes manager Carlos Lezcano made a switch in left before the inning started and brought Patel into the game for Marcus Sturdivant. 

Appleton got a run back in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a defensive miscue by the Royals.  Guevara singled to third and took second on a bad throw.  A-Rod followed with a single.  Then, Wallace knocked in Guevara with a sacrifice fly.
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Guevara singled to start the sixth and went to second on a wild pitch.  Rodriguez stepped to the plate and launched his first Goodland Field home run.  Not only was it his first home homer, it was the first Foxes round tripper at Goodland Field for 1994.   It happened in Game #7 and the long ball to center pulled the Foxes to within 5-3.
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That was the end of the line for Rawitzer, the Rockford starting pitcher.  Pat Flury came on in relief and gave up a single to Wallace.  One out later, Jason Cook singled to left and an error by Rhone let Wallace take third base.  Jose Cuellar made it 5-4 with an RBI single.

It appears that the Foxes tried to steal a run – either through the double steal or a squeeze play – to tie the game.  Dunavan was at the plate with Cook at third and Cuellar at first when Cook was tagged out 2-unassisted for the second out.  Cuellar ended the inning at second base and it is not indicated how he got there.  Take your pick on this one, folks.

Foxes reliever Greg Theron, who came on for Montane to start the fifth, was cruising as he kept the Royals off the scoreboard.  He worked a 1-2-3 top of the seventh on a pair of strikeouts with a flyball to center sandwiched between the K’s.
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After the stretch, Flury hit Barger.  Patel dropped a sacrifice bunt to get Barger into scoring position.  Guevara drew a walk to bring A-Rod to the plate.

Rodriguez hit his second Goodland Field home run, this one to left field!  This drive put the Foxes up 7-5!

Theron worked a 1-2-3 eighth, including his fourth and fifth strikeouts of his four innings of work.

Theron went back out for the ninth, but allowed a single to Carr and the tying run was at the plate.  Robert Krueger came on in relief and got pinch hitter Paul Vindivich to fly out to center.

Matt Mantei took over for Krueger.  (NOTE: Carr stole second at some point in the ninth, but I’m not sure against which Foxes reliever he did it.)  Mantei got Fasano to ground back to the mound, but walked Mendez.  That brought Mike Sweeney to the plate as the go ahead run in the top of the ninth.

Mantei got the strikeout to end the game and get the save.

FOXES OF THE GAME:
Alex Rodriguez: 3-for-4, 2HRs, 5RBI
Greg Theron: 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, Winning Pitcher

NOTES:
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4
Mike Sweeney:  2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Matt Mantei made his MLB debut on June 18, 1995 with the Florida Marlins.  Mike Sweeney made his MLB debut on September 4, 1995 for the Kansas City Royals.

Mantei faced Sweeney twice – and struck him out twice – in this series between the Foxes and Royals.

Mantei faced Sweeney two times in the big leagues.  Mantei (an Arizona Diamondback) retired Sweeney (a Kansas City Royal) both times in 2003 in interleague play, but neither out was a strikeout.

Both times Mantei faced Sweeney came in a game on September 4, 2003 at Kansas CityMantei retired Sweeney on a grounder to second to start the ninth inning, but eventually gave up the tying run to send the game to extra innings.  The Diamondbacks scored a run in the top of the tenth to take a 6-5 lead.  The Royals put two runners on base with two outs in the bottom of the tenth to bring Sweeney to the plate again.  Mantei got Sweeney to popout to short to end the game.  And for the second time in his life Matt Mantei retired Mike Sweeney to end a game.

Oh, Raul Ibanez played in that game on 9/4/03 for Kansas City, too.  He went 0-for-1 as a defensive replacement.  Mantei walked Ibanez in the ninth inning to set up the tying run.

One last Foxes tie-in to that Interleague Game from ten years ago: Joe Randa, a Fox in 1992, was the starting third baseman for the Royals.  He went 0-for-5, including a walk in the tenth against Mantei.

ANSWER: Alex Rodriguez hit 14 home runs in 65 games with the Foxes during the 1994 season.

Carlos Lezcano put David Lawson in for Patel in left field as a defensive replacement in the top of the eighth for three left fielders during this game for Appleton.

The Foxes have won three straight home games and are now 5-2 at Goodland Field to start the season.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #6 – May 1

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 1
OPPONENT: Rockford Royals
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ryan Franklin
OPPOSING STARTING PITCHER: Toby Smith
TRIVIA: Can you name the two players in the Rockford Royals lineup who would become MWL Managers?
CONDITIONS: 55°, windy to right, partly cloudy
ATTENDANCE: 424

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

ROYALS LINEUP:
Jeremy Carr – 2b
Eric Walls – cf
Sal Fasano – dh
Braxton Hickman – 1b
Mike Sweeney – c
Paul Vindivich – lf
Lino Diaz – 3b
Jimmie Byington – rf
Carlos Subero – ss

The duo of Alex Rodriguez and Raul Ibanez got the Foxes on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning.  Rodriguez doubled to left with two outs and Ibanez followed with an RBI single to center.
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Franklin worked scoreless through the first three innings.  But, the Royals took the lead in the top of the fourth.  Franklin hit Sweeney with one out and an infield single by Vindivich put two runners on base.  Lino Diaz singled in Sweeney to tie the game and a fielder’s choice by Byington let Vindivich score for a 2-1 lead.

A-Rod came through with a hit in the fifth inning to put the Foxes back in front.  Appleton loaded the bases with no outs on the following plays: Clifford (HBP), Lawson (1B), & Sturdivant (1B).  Barger struck out for the first out.  Then, A-Rod singled to left to drive in two runs for to put the Foxes back up 3-2.
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Appleton padded their lead to 4-2 with a run in the bottom of the eighth against reliever Rick Burley.  Sutherland singled to start the inning and -with one out – moved to second on a grounder off the bat of Guevara.  Clifford singled to center to knock in Sutherland for the insurance run…that they would need.

Franklin pitched eight innings, scattered five hits, walked one, and struck out six before turning the game over to the bullpen.
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Robert Krueger took over to start the top of the ninth and got Hickman to send a grounder to short.  BUT, Rodriguez threw wildly to let Hickman reach.  That was all for Krueger.

Matt Mantei was next and he struck out Sweeney.  BUT, Mantei hit Vindivich to put the tying run on board.  Pinch runner OJ Rhone took over at first for Vindivich.   Then, Diaz singled to left to load the bases.

Then, Byington singled to center and Hickman scored to cut the Foxes lead to 4-3.  Fortunately, Rhone held at third to keep the bases loaded.

Mantei regrouped to strike out Subero for the second out.  Carr flew out to Barger in center to end the game.
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FINAL SCORE:
Royals 3
Foxes 4

FOX OF THE GAME:
Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-3, RUN, 2RBI

NOTES:
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4, RBI
Mike Sweeney: 0-for-2, HBP, BB, RUN
Matt Mantei: IP, 2H, 0R, 2K, SAVE

Answering the Trivia Question: Sal Fasano (Lansing – 2010) & Carlos Subero (Clinton – 2003-2005)
The Royals walked A-Rod intentionally after Barger doubled with two outs in the seventh inning.  The plan worked as Ibanez struck out to end the inning.
This game was scheduled to start at 1:30pm on a Sunday after the teams had played the previous night in Rockford.  The actual start time was 3:34pm.  The Official Scorer Report does not note rain, but that would be a logical conclusion to make.

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