1994 Foxes Home Game #18 – May 28
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 28
OPPONENT: Rockford Royals
SILVER HAWKS TARTING PITCHER: Kenny Fitzpatrick
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brian Doughty
CONDITIONS: Partly Cloudy, 79°
In game #17, the Foxes rolled against the South Bend Silver Hawks behind the pitching of Ryan Franklin. In game 18, Appleton returns home after a six game road trip to face the Royals.
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – c
Delwyn Young – dh
Brian Wallace – 3b
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Chad Dunavan – rf
James Clifford – 1b
Jeremy Carr – 2b
Eric Walls – cf
Braxton Hickman – 1b
Sal Fasano – c
Mike Evans – dh
Oscar Jimenez – rf
Eduardo Cedeno – 3b
Carlos Subero – ss
O.J. Rhone – lf
The Royals struck first. Foxes starting pitcher Brian Doughty walked Jeremy Carr to start the game. Carr stole second and third. Braxton Hickman drove in Carr with a single.
The Foxes had trouble breaking through against Kenny Fitzpatrick, the Rockford starter. They would have put a runner on in three of the first four innings, but those runners all reached with two outs. Delwyn Young had one of those two-out hits, a double in the fourth inning, for his first Goodland Field hit.
Doughty had settled in and kept the score at 1-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth.
Marcus Sturdivant singled to start the Foxes fifth. James Clifford drew a walk with one out. Mike Barger followed with a double to right to drive in Sturdivant. BUT, Clifford was out 9-2-5 at third base for the second out. Fitzpatrick retired Patel for the final out of the fifth.
Doughty got into trouble in the top of the sixth when he walked Carr to start the inning. Hickman stepped to the plate with one out and launched a homer to right-center to put the Royals up 3-1. Sal Fasano drew a walk and that was it for Doughty.
Robert Krueger took over for Doughtry and gave up a two-run homer to right to Mike Evans and Rockford was up 5-1.
The Royals expanded their lead in the seventh inning when Krueger hit Eric Walls with a pitch and Hickman doubled to right-center for another RBI – his fourth of the game – and a 6-1 advantage.
Fitzpatrick gave way for Glendon Rusch in the bottom of the seventh. Appleton got to Rusch for a run on consecutive singles by Dunavan and Clifford to put runners on the corners and a sacrifice fly by Barger.
But, Marty Winchester gave up two runs in the top of the eighth. Evans doubled. Oscar Jimenez drove in Evans with a single. One out later, Carlos Subero – future Clinton LumberKings manager – knocked in Jimenez with a single for an 8-2 lead.
In the eighth, Raul Ibanez doubled to start the inning. He scored on a two-out double by Sturdivant.
Robin Cope came on to pitch the top of the ninth, but he gave up two more runs. Hickman singled – his fourth hit of the game – and Fasano singled. Then, pinch hitter Carlos Mendez doubled in the first tally of the frame. Then, a fielder’s choice by Eduardo Cedeno got Fasano across the plate for a 10-2 score.
Clifford doubled to start the bottom of the ninth, but Rusch retired the next three batters to end the game. A strike out of A-Rod was the final out.
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-4, walk, 2K
Raul Ibanez: 2-for-4, double, run
Sal Fasano: 1-for-4, walk, K, 2 runs
Glenson Rusch: 3IP, 5H, 2R, 0BB, 2K, SAVE
Delwyn Young was 30 years old and had been out of affiliated baseball since 1990 when he played for the Foxes in 1994. Young had been a 3rd round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 1981 and had played in the Midwest League with the Cedar Rapids Reds - along with some big names in Reds baseball (Chris Sabo and Kal Daniels) in 1983. Young returned to the MWL in 1987 with the Burlington Expos. He made it as high up as Triple A with the Toledo Mudhens, a Detroit affiliate, in 1988 and 1989.
The Delwyn Young who played 14 games for the Foxes in 1994 is not to be confused with the Delwyn Young who played for the Dodgers and Pirates from 2006 through 2010.
The loss dropped the Foxes home record to 11-7 through their first 18 home games of the 1994 season.
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