1994 Foxes Home Game #26 – June 7
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 #25, the Foxes beat Cedar Rapids behind a complete game by Ryan Franklin and a home run by James Clifford. They try to extend their home winning streak to six and stay unbeaten at home in the month of June.
Marcus Sturdivant – cf
Manny Patel – 3b
Jesus Marquez – rf
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Alex Sutherland – c
Scott Smith – lf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
James Clifford – 1b
Jose Cuellar – c
CEDAR RAPIDS LINEUP:
Jovino Carvajal – cf
Juan Henderson – ss
Derrin Day – lf
Aaron Guiel – 2b
Jamie Burke – 1b
Todd Takayoshi – c
Tony Moeder – dh
Jason Herrick – rf
Mark Simmons – 3b
Cedar Rapids almost got out to the lead in the first inning. Juan Henderson singled with one out. Derrin Doty doubled to left-center and Henderson tried to score from first. The play went Sturdivant-Rodriguez-Sutherland for the out at the plate.
Future Kernels manager Jamie Burke doubled to leadoff the second inning, but was stranded at third by Ryan Smith on a grounder to the mound and back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
The Foxes grabbed the lead in the second. Alex Rodriguez tripled to right-center to start the innings. He scored when Mark Simmons threw wildly to first on a grounder by Scott Smith. Jose Cuellar knocked in Smith with a two-out single later in the second and the Foxes were up 2-0.
Appleton added to their lead in the third inning. Jesus Marquez walked and stole second. A two-out double by Alex Sutherland knocked in Marquez for a 3-0 advantage.
In the fifth, Manny Patel tripled to start the inning. Marquez, playing in his first game at Goodland Field, singled in Patel for a 4-0 lead. Then, A-Rod dropped a sacrifice bunt to get Patel into scoring position. A balk would let Patel take third. A wild pitch would let Patel score for a 5-0 lead.
The Foxes made it 7-0 in the seventh inning Marquez tripled with one out. A-Rod singled him in. An RBI single by Giomar Guevara drove in A-Rod and knocked Cedar Rapids starting pitcher Geoff Edsell out of the game.
Ryan Smith was cruising through the first seven innings. He had allowed seven hits, but had walked none and struck out six while keeping the Kernels off the scoreboard. That changed in the eighth.
Jason Herrick singled. Pinch-hitter Aaron Iatarola singled. Jovino Carvajal tripled to knock in two and knock Smith out of the game.
The Foxes called for Robert Krueger to put out the rally. Instead, Henderson’s RBI single made it 7-3. Then, Doty doubled to right-center and Henderson beat the throw home this time. The lead is down to three runs for Appleton. An throwing error on Guevara during the play let Doty take third. Burke would drive in Doty with a sacrifice fly. Foxes were still up, but it was now 7-5.
Krueger would get the final out of the eighth by getting Todd Takayoshi to line out to A-Rod at short.
Appleton went down in order in the bottom of the eighth. That means it’s time for Matt Mantei to close it down in the ninth.
Tony Moeder doubled to lead off the top of the ninth. Mantei got a strike out, but pinch-hitter Derek Vaughn singled for an RBI and the 7-0 lead was down to 7-6 with the tying run on base and only one out.
Mantei regrouped and got Carvajal to fly out to left for the second out. Henderson popped out to Clifford in foul territory at first base and the Foxes had won their sixth straight home game.
FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Jesus Marquez: 2-for-3, 3 RUNS, BB, 3B, SB, BB
Marquez had played 61 games for the Foxes – along with stops in Riverside and Jacksonville - in 1993. This June 7 game was his first stop on the Mariners Organizational Ladder in 1994.
This win moved the Foxes record to 17-9 through their first 26 games at Goodland Field in 1994