1994 Foxes Home Game #19 – May 29
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 29
OPPONENT: Rockford Royals
SILVER HAWKS TARTING PITCHER: Kevin Rawitzer
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ivan Montane
CONDITIONS: Muggy, 81°
In game #18, the Royals pulled away for a 10-3 victory. The Foxes try to bounce back in this game at Goodland Field.
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Brian Wallace – 3b
Chad Dunavan – rf
Alex Sutherland – c
Scott Smith – lf
Jose Cuellar – dh
James Clifford – 1b
Jeremy Carr – 2b
Luke Oglesby – cf
Carlos Mendez – c
Braxton Hickman – 1b
Mike Evans – dh
Oscar Jimenez – rf
Lino Diaz – 3b
Jimmie Byington – lf
Carlos Subero – ss
Ivan Montane retired the first two batters he faced in the top of the second inning of a scoreless game. But, Lino Diaz singled and Jimmy Byington followed with an RBI double to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.
The Foxes came back in the bottom of the fourth inning. Chad Dunavan singled and moved to second on a walk to Scott Smith. Both runners advanced on a passed ball. Then, Jose Cuellar drove in Dunavan with a sacrifice fly to tie the game 1-1.
In the fifth, Manny Patel singled with one out. Alex Rodriguez was next and he blasted a two-run homer for a 3-1 lead.
Appleton added to their lead in the sixth inning against reliever Neil Atkinson. Cuellar walked and James Clifford was hit by a pitch with one out. Patel stepped to the plate with two outs and runners on first and second. Patel tripled to drive in both runs for a 5-1 lead.
Montane stumbled in the top of the seventh. Mike Evans hit a leadoff homer. Diaz doubled with one out. Carlos Subero singled with two outs to knock in Diaz.
In the eighth, Montane let the Royals tie the game. He walked Luke Oglesby to start the inning, but retired the next two batters. Evan stepped up and knocked his second home run of the game out of the park. The two-run homer evened the game 5-5.
Appleton had a great opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the ninth against Ryan Towns. Mike Barger and Manny Patel singled to start the inning. A-Rod was next…and he grounded out to first. The play did move both runners into scoring position. Brian Wallace was walked to load the bases. BUT, Dunavan and Sutherland both struck out to send the game to extra innings.
Dean Crow, who worked a scoreless top of the ninth got into trouble right away in the top of the tenth. Singles by Mendez and Braxton Hickman brought Evans back to the plate. Evans doubled to drive in the go ahead run for Rockford. Oscar Jimenez came through with a sacrifice fly for a 7-5 lead. Crow walked Diaz and Matt Mantei came on to get the last two outs of the tenth.
Unfortunately, one of the outs was a sacrifice fly by Byington to make it 8-5.
Appleton did get a run in the bottom of the tenth. Delwyn Young hit a pinch-hit solo homer with one out. Clifford followed with a double, but Nevin Brewer got the last two outs of the game to send the Foxes to their second straight home loss.
As noted in a recap of an earlier Foxes-Royals game, Sal Fasano and Carlos Subero would become MWL managers. Subero with Clinton and Fasano with Lansing.
The loss dropped the Foxes record to 11-8 through their first 19 home games of the 1994 season.
This feature returns on Friday with a look at the first visit to Appleton by the West Michigan Whitecaps, a game that occurred on May 30, 1994.
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