1994 Foxes Home Game #30 – June 15

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 15
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
CONDITIONS: 93°, Wind to center

In home game #29, Tim Harikkala pitched a complete game in a 6-2 Foxes win over Quad Cities.  Then, the Foxes went on the road for a four game series in West Michigan.  They return home to face Clinton in game #30 with Harikkala back on the hill at Goodland Field.

I made some changes in this post.  I went back and read it the other day and discovered that I wrote Quad Cities and River Bandits in the post when I should have written either Clinton or LumberKings.  That’s what I get for going on autopilot that day.  Mistakes have been left in so that you may point to this post during the summer when I start thinking that I’m perfect.

Mike Barger – cf
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Jesus Marquez – rf
Raul Ibanez – dh
Scott Smith – 3b
James Clifford – 1b
Giomar Guevara – ss
Manny Patel – 2b
Jose Cuellar – c

Brett King – ss
Eddie Hartwell – rf
Armano Rios – cf
Brian Zaletel – dh
Charles Alimena – 3b
Benji Simonton – lf
Craig Mayes – c
Chris Gump – 2b
Jose Alguacil – 3b

The Foxes took the lead in the first.  Mike Barger singled and went to second on an error.  A walk to Marcus Sturdivant put runners on first and second with no outs.  Jesus Marquez flew out to center for the first out.  But, a wild pitch sent Barger to third.  Raul Ibanez grounded out to first and that got Barger home for a 1-0 lead.

Appleton made it 4-0 in the fourth inning with Barger and Sturdivant leading the way.  Barger reached on an error and stole second.  Sturdivant singled to put runners on the corners.  Marquez got Barger home with a sacrifice fly.  Then, Ibanez went deep for a 2-run home run to left!

Harikkala had allowed one hit in the first five innings to extend his personal scoreless streak to 13-1/3 innings.  But, the trouble started in the top of the sixth.

A throwing error on Manny Patel put Jose Alguacil on base to start the inning.  Brett King was next and he tripled to drive in the first run for the Bandits.  Eddie Hartwell was next and he singled to drive in King.  Armando Rios was next and he reached on another throwing error by Patel.  Harikkala did get the second out, but a two-run single by Charles Alimena tied the game 4-4.

Appleton retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth.  James Clifford doubled to start the frame.  Jose Cuellar eventually knocked in Clifford with a sacrifice fly.

HOWEVER, the Bandits LumberKings took their first lead in the game during the top of the seventh.   Alguacil singled with one out and King cracked a two-run homer to left-center.  Quad Cities Clinton was up 6-5.  Hartwell followed with a double and would score from third on a wild pitch later in the inning.  Quad Cities Clinton up 7-5.

Harikkala turned the game over to the bullpen in the eighth inning and things got out of hand.  The River Bandits LumberKings scored four runs in the top of the eighth off Robert Krueger.  A bases clearing double by pinch-hitter Mel Davis (2RBI and one run scoring on an error) and an RBI triple by Brian Zaletel accounting for the runs.

Quad Cities Clinton added one more run in the top of the ninth.  King knocked in his fourth run of the game with a sacrifice fly against Marty Winchester for a 12-5 lead.

Appleton would get one final run in the bottom of the ninth.  Barger was hit by a pitch, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Marquez.  But, the Foxes fell 12-6.

Mike Barger: 2-for-4, 3 runs, SB

Raul Ibanez: 1-for-5, HR, 3RBI

This was the first game time at Goodland Field during the 1994 season Alex Rodriguez did not appear in a game.  Not to give it away, but A-Rod had been promoted before the final home stand of the first half.

This was the first home game Raul Ibanez appeared in since May 28.  He had doubled and scored in the eighth inning of a 10-3 loss to Rockford on that day, but left for a defensive replacement for the top of the ninth.  He had missed a lot of action.

Harikkala took the loss in this game.  But, the defense committed four errors.  Yet, only three of the seven runs he allowed were unearned.

The loss dropped the Foxes to 18-12 in their first 30 games at Goodland Field during the 1994 season.





Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: