1994 Foxes Home Game #28 – June 9

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: June 9
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
CONDITIONS: Sunny, 76°

In game #27, the Foxes saw their six-game Goodland Field winning streak come to an end in a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Cedar Rapids.  In game #28, the Foxes welcome Quad Cities – at the time an affiliate of the Houston Astros – to town.

Marcus Sturdivant – cf
Manny Patel – 3b
Jesus Marquez – rf
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Delwyn Young – dh
Alex Sutherland – c
Scott Smith – lf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
James Clifford – 1b

Jamie Saylor – ss
Kary Bridges – 2b
Tim Forkner – 3b
Ray Bowers – lf
Richard Hidalgo – rf
Nate Peterson – dh
Alan Probst – c
Edgar Ramos – 1b
Mike Lennhack – cf

The Foxes jumped to the lead in the first inning.  Jesus Marquez drew a two out walk.  Alex Rodriguez was next and he doubled to center.  Marquez scored on the play for a 1-0 lead.
In the second Alex Sutherland doubled and went to third on a grounder to second by Scott Smith.  Giomar Guevara sent a grounder to second, but Sutherland was thrown out at the plate for the second out.  Appleton would not threaten to score against Quad Cities starting pitcher Mike Grzanich again.

Brett Hinchliffe retired the Bandits in order in the first three innings.  But, Jamie Saylor tripled to start the fourth.  Bridges followed with an RBI double and the game was tied 1-1.

Quad Cities took the lead in the fifth.  Nate Peterson homered to right-center to start the inning.  Edgar Ramos doubled with one out.  Saylor hit an RBI double with two out to put the River Bandits up 3-1.  Bridges followed with an RBI single for a 4-1 advantage.  Hincliffe got the third out, but ran into trouble – most not of his own making – immediately in the sixth.

Ray Bowers reached on a throwing error by Manny Patel.  A single by Richard Hidalgo and a ground out by Peterson put runners on second and third with one out.  An intentional walk was given to Alan Probst to load the bases and bring Ramos to the plate.  Hinchliffe got the grounder to short that he needed for the potential inning ending double play.

BUT, A-Rod booted the ball for an error.  Bowers and Hidalgo scored on the play for a 6-1 lead.  Mike Lennhack knocked Hinchliffe out of the game with an RBI single.
94winchesterMarty Winchester relieved and would give up an RBI single to Bridges before getting out of the inning with the Foxes down 8-1.

Tom Czanstkowski took over for Grzanich in the eighth inning and walked James Clifford to start the inning.  A single by Marcus Sturdivant and an error on Saylor put runners on the corners with no outs.  Then, Patel grounded into a 6-3 double play to score Sturdivant.
sturdivant94Brian Doughty, who had pitched a scoreless top of the eighth in relief of Winchester, went out for the ninth.   Bowers reached on another error by Patel and wound up on third after a double by Peterson.  Probst cracked a three-run homer to left-center and the River Bandits were up 11-2.
94doughtyAppleton would get another run in the bottom of the ninth.  Delwyn Young tripled with one out and scored on an RBI grounder by Sutherland to account for the final run of the game.

Alex Rodriguez: 1-for4, 2B, RBI, K

Three Foxes errors led to five unearned runs for the River Bandits.  What do you think about that Carlos Lezcano?
The loss dropped the Foxes a record to 17-11 through their first 28 games at Goodland Field in 1994.




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