1994 Foxes Home Game #21 – May 31

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 31
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
CONDITIONS: Clear, 75°

In game #20, the West Michigan jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held off the Foxes for a 4-3 victory.  In game #21, Appleton and West Michigan play another close game.

Mike Barger – cf
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Scott Smith – 2b
Alex Sutherland – c
Brian Wallace – 3b
Chad Dunavan – rf
Jose Cuellar – dh

Juan Dilone – 3b
Jason McDonald – 2b
DT Cromer – 1b
Mark Moore – dh
David Keel – lf
Willie Morales – c
Tony Banks – cf
Mat Reese – rf
Vicente Francisco – ss

Both starting pitchers had to work around early trouble to keep the game scoreless.  Harikkala got Cromer to ground into an inning-ending double play in the first and worked around a hit batsman, a fielder’s choice, a single, and an error in the second.

Kubinski gave up back-to-back one out singles to Marcus Sturdivant and Giomar Guevara in the first only to strikeout Alex Rodriguez and Scott Smith to get out of the inning.

In the second, Brian Wallace reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to third on a pair of balks by Kubinski.  In the third, Sturdivant reached on a fielder’s choice and took second on the third Kubinski walk of the game.  But, a lineout by Guevara and a strikeout by Rodriguez kept the game scoreless.

Harikkala cracked in the fourth.  Mark Moore reached with one out on an error by Brian Wallace.  David Keel was next and the scoresheet notes that he was retired on a DEEP FLY to center.  Then, Willie Morales hit a DEEP FLY to left, but this one left the park for a two-run homer and a 2-0 West Michigan lead.

That homer seemed to perk up Harikkala.  He wouldn’t give up another hit and strikeout seven over his last 4-1/3 innings.  He finished the game with ten K’s.  That included striking out the side in order in the top of the eighth.

Appleton would break through against Kubinski in the sixth.  Guevara doubled to start the inning.  A-Rod doubled to drive in Guevara.  Rodriguez would steal third base, but was left there with the tying run as Kubinski retired the next two batters and Zack Sawyer got the last out of the frame.
The game was still 2-1 West Michigan heading to the bottom of the ninth.

Manny Patel pinch-hit for Wallace and doubled to start the Appleton ninth against West Michigan reliever Ryan Whitaker.  Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for Chad Dunavan and moved Patel to third with a grounder to second.  Delwyn Young pinch-hit for Jose Cuellar and drew a walk.  Mike Barger knocked in Patel with a fielder’s choice.

The scoresheet does not mention where Barger’s grounder went, but no our was recorded on the play.  Patel must have beat the throw to the plate.

The Foxes had a chance to end the game in regulation.  Sturdivant grounded out to move both runners up a base.  Giomar Guevara drew a walk and the bases were loaded for A-Rod!  He grounded into a force play at second and the game went to extra innings.

Robert Krueger, who came in for the Foxes to pitch the top of the ninth, pitched a perfect top of the tenth.

Scott Smith started the Foxes tenth with a walk.  Alex Sutherland bunted Smith over to second.  But, Patel lined out to short for the second out.

The Whitecaps intentionally walked Ibanez to get to Delwyn Young.  They unintentionally walked Young to load the bases and give Barger a chance to end the game.
Barger didn’t need to take the bat off his shoulder.  Whitaker uncorked a wild pitch and Smith scored the run to give the Foxes a 3-2 win in ten innings.

Tim Harikkala: 8IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 10K, No Decision

Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, BB, 2K
Raul Ibanez: 0-for-0, 2 walks

Ryan Whitaker walked five and allowed one hit in 1-2/3 innings to take the loss.

The win moved the Foxes home record to 12-9 through the first 21 games at Goodland Field in 1994.  They were 3-1 in four extra innings games at Goodland.




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