1994 Foxes Home Game #24 – June 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.
In game #23, the Foxes beat West Michigan 5-1 behind a strong pitching performance by Ryan Smith. In game #24, the Foxes take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Goodland Field.
Mike Barger – cf
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Manny Patel – 3b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Alex Sutherland – c
Scott Smith – rf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Jose Cuellar – dh
James Clifford – 1b
Jovina Carvajal – cf
Juan Henderson – ss
Derrin Doty – lf
Aaron Guiel – 2b
Jamie Burke – 1b
Todd Talayoshi – c
Aaron Iatorola – dh
Jason Herrick – rf
Mark Simmons – 3b
Tim Harikkala made short work of the Kernels in the top of the first inning by setting them down in order, including striking out the last two batters.
The Foxes sent seven men to the plate in the bottom of the first inning against Brian Willard, but scored just one run.
Mike Barger and Marcus Sturdivant singled to put runners on the corners. Manny Patel hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Barger for a 1-0 lead. Alex Rodriguez made the second out of the inning. Alex Sutherland reached on an error on the second baseman (that would be changed by the official scorer to single after the game). Scott Smith took a walk to load the bases. But, Willard escaped with a strikeout of Giomar Guevara.
He would not be so lucky in the third.
Patel and Rodriguez were aboard with one out and Sutherland doubled to drive in Patel. Smith was next and he singled to drive in Rodriguez. Guevara would follow with a single and Smith scored for a 4-0 lead.
Harikkala allowed a run in the top of the fourth as Derrin Doty doubled to star the inning and scored on a grounder by Jamie Burke. The Kernels would put two more runners on base in the fourth, but Harikkala got out of the jam by striking out Jason Herrick.
The Foxes got that run back in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Patel.
The top of the fifth featured an interesting inning-ending double play. Jovina Carvajal had reached base on a one out single. Juan Henderson was credited with a sacrifice bunt, but Carvajal would be out between second and third 3-5-6. Whoops.
Cedar Rapids put two more runners on base in the sixth, but Harikkala kept the Kernels from scoring.
Appleton added one more run after the seventh inning stretch. Sturdivant doubled to start the frame and took second on a flyout to center by Patel. A-Rod picked up the RBI with a sacrifice fly to score Sturdivant and the Foxes were up 6-1.
Harikkala retired the Kernels in order in the eighth. Then, Matt Mantei entered the game.
The Jamie Burke who batted fifth, played first base, and went 1-for-4 in the game for the Kernels is the same Jamie Burke who would manage the Kernels in 2012.
Brian Willard went the distance for the Kernels to take the loss. His line: 8IP, 10H, 6R, 3bB, 4K
The game could have been much worse for Willard. His defense turned three double plays behind him to limit the damage.
This win moved the Foxes a record to 15-9 through their first 24 games at Goodland Field in 1994.
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