1994 Foxes Home Game #23 – June 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.
In game #22, the Foxes scored two runs on an error in the bottom of the eighth inning and held on for a 4-3 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps. Appleton is 2-1 in the first three games of the series. They go for a series win in game #23.
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – 3b
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Scott Smith – lf
Brian Wallace – 1b
Alex Sutherland – c
Jose Cuellar – dh
Chad Dunavan – rf
Tony Banks – cf
Jason McDonald – 2b
Willie Morales – c
D. T. Cromer – 1b
Randy Ortega – 3b
David Keel – lf
Marcel Galligani – rf
Juan Dilone – dh
Fred Soriano – ss
The Foxes scored a first inning run to take a lead on West Michigan. Manny Patel singled with one out. Giomar Guevara was credited with a sacrifice bunt to move Patel to second. Alex Rodriguez knocked in Patel with a single.
Ryan Smith kept the Whitecaps out of two columns on the scoreboard through his first five innings.
Smith’s first five innings:
1st: 1-2-3 frame
2nd: One out hit batsman followed by a 6-3 double play
3rd: Leadoff walk and stolen base left stranded with next three Caps retired
4th: 1-2-3 frame
5th: One out error on a throw by Wallace followed by next two Caps retired
The Foxes added to their lead in their half of the third inning. Rodriguez was batting with runners on the corners and one out. That would be Barger at second and Guevara at first. A-Rod sent a flyball to center that was deep enough to get Barger home. Fortunately Barger scored before Guevara was thrown out trying to advance to second on the throw home. Guevara was ruled out 8-5-4, but the run counted for a 2-0 lead.
Appleton put three runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Wallace singled and stole second to get into scoring position. He was still at second with two outs. Jose Cuellar singled in Wallace for a 3-0 lead. A two-out error on Randy Ortega allowed Chad Dunavan to reach base. That error set up a two-run double by Barger and the score was 5-0.
Fred Soriano broke up Smith’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the sixth. The mark on the scoresheet for the hit gives the hint that it was either a bunt or a single off Smith. The Appleton pitcher was not bothered by the play as he retired the next three batters to strand Soriano at first base.
D.T. Cromer cracked a leadoff homer in the top of the seventh to get the Whitecaps on the scoreboard. David Keel stepped in with one out and tripled, but Smith stranded him at third to keep the Foxes up 5-1.
Dean Crow took over for Ryan Smith on the mound to start the eighth and gave up a single and a double to the first two batters of the inning. Crow got the next two hitters before giving way to Robert Krueger.
Krueger got Cromer to ground back to the mound to end the inning. In the ninth, Krueger retired the side in order – including strikeouts of the last two West Michigan hitters of the game for the save.
FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Ryan Smith: 7IP, 3H, R, BB, 5K, WIN
Pitching coach Juan Eichelberger is impressed!
After this game in 1994, the Foxes started a brief two game road trip to Beloit on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. Appleton would return to Goodland Field on Sunday, June 5 for a 5pm start against Cedar Rapids.
The win moved the Foxes a record to 14-9 through their first 23 games at Goodland Field in 1994.
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