1994 Foxes Home Game #27 – June 8
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 #26, the Foxes jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held on for a 7-6 victory over the Kernels. In game #27, Appleton goes for a four game sweep of Cedar Rapids and seven straight home wins.
Marcus Sturdivant – cf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Jesus Marquez – rf
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Scott Smith – lf
Jose Cuellar – c
Manny Patel – 3b
Brian Wallace – ss
Chad Dunavan – dh
Steve Cook – 3b
Juan Henderson – ss
Derrin Doty – lf
Aaron Guiel – 2b
Jamie Burke – 1b
Tony Moeder – dh
Aaron Iatarola – rf
Lyall Barwick – c
Derek Vaughn – cf
Neither team could get on the board in the early innings. Ivan Montane set the Kernels down in order in the first three innings. Matt Perisho gave up a hit and a walk in his first three innings.
Cedar Rapids ended Montane’s string of consecutive batters retired at ten when Juan Henderson singled with one out in the fourth. He went to second on a grounder to third. A two-out triple by Aaron Guiel got Henderson home and the Kernels were up 1-0.
Perisho gave up a single in the fourth to Jesus Marquez, but picked him off first. He didn’t allow another runner until a walk to Marcus Sturdivant in the sixth. An error (dropped catch on a force play at second) by Guiel allowed Sturdivant to stay on base after Giomar Guevara sent a grounder to third. But, a successful force play and a fly out to left ended the inning.
Montane continued to hold the Kernels to a single run. He struck out two of three batters faced in the fifth and the side in order in the sixth to give him eight punchouts for the game. Montane even worked around an A-Rod error that started the top of the seventh.
The Foxes also stranded a runner in scoring position in the seventh inning and it was still 1-0 Cedar Rapids after Montane stranded a runner at second to end the top of the eighth.
Sean Slade entered the game and walked Giomar Guevara to put two runners on base. Slade struck out Jesus Marquez for the second out. Alex Rodriguez stepped in and…singled to right to drive in James Clifford – who entered the game to pinch-run for Sturdivant – with the tying run!
Scott Smith was next and he also singled to right. This hit drove in Guevara and the Foxes were up 2-1! They headed to the ninth with that lead and Montane would go for the complete game.
Montane got pinch-hitter Todd Takayoshi to pop out to Rodriguez at short for the first out and the Foxes were two outs from their seventh straight home win.
Doty singled and Guiel came to the plate. The Kernels second baseman hit a home run to right and the Kernels were up 3-2. Montane got the second out, but gave up a solo home to Tony Moeder to allow the Kernels to go up 4-2.
Matt Mantei had to come into the game at that point to get the last out of the ninth.
Manny Patel started the Appleton ninth with a single, but was forced at second on a grounder off the bat of Brian Wallace. Slade walked pinch-hitter Delwyn Young to put the tying runs on base for the Foxes. That led to Jose Aguirre coming on in relief for Cedar Rapids.
Aguirre would throw a pair of wild pitches that would lead to Wallace scoring and Young getting to third. But, Young would be stranded as Clifford struck out and Guevara lined out to end the game and the Foxes six-game winning streak at Goodland Field.
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-4, RBI, K
Montane struck out nine in his 8-2/3 innings. He did not walk a batter.
When Sturdivant was replaced by Clifford in the eighth inning, the Foxes defense got shuffled. Severely shuffled.
The changes were:
Sturdivant cf (out)
Clifford 1b (in)
Marquez rf -> cf
Smith lf -> rf
Patel 3b -> lf
Wallace 1b -> 3b
The loss dropped the Foxes a record to 17-10 through their first 27 games at Goodland Field in 1994.
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