1994 Foxes Home Game #31 – June 16
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 #30, the Foxes let one get away late in a 12-6 loss to Clinton. They try to rebound in game #31 and Ryan Franklin is just the guy to help them do it.
Mike Barger – cf
Luis Molina – 2b
Jesus Marquez – rf
Scott Smith – lf
Raul Ibanez – dh
Alex Sutherland – c
Giomar Guevara – ss
Manny Patel – 3b
James Clifford – 1b
Brett King – ss
Eddie Hartwell – rf
Armando Rios – cf
Brian Zaletel – dh
Charles Alimena – 1b
Benji Simonton – lf
Jose Alguacil – 2b
Gary Phillips – 3b
Mike Cavanagh – c
Franklin started the game with back-to-back-strikeouts. A hit batsman and a single put two on with two out. But, Franklin escapes. In the second, he got a strikeout for the first out and retired the next batter on a grounder to second. A two-out single put a runner on base. Then, a dropped foul pop gave Cavanagh another chance. Franklin struck out Cavanagh for his fourth K of the game.
The top of the third inning featured another strikeout, followed by a single and a double play. In the fourth, Franklin struck out the side in order to give him eight strikeouts in four innings.
But, the Foxes offense had trouble breaking through against Jason Myers. Luis Molina doubled in the first, but was stranded. Giomar Guevara singled in the second, but was picked off first. No one reached in the third and Myers retired the first two batters in the bottom of the fourth. The, Scott Smith doubled. Raul Ibanez delivered the two-out single that drove in Smith for a 1-0 Foxes lead.
Franklin got his ninth strikeout of the game to start a 1-2-3 fifth inning. He got his tenth K of the game to start a scoreless sixth.
The Foxes added to their lead in the sixth with a pair of runs. Jesus Marquez doubled with one out. Smith blasted a homer to left! Foxes 3, LumberKings 0.
Brian Zaletel wrecked Franklin’s shutout with a home run to start the seventh inning. A two-out double by Jose Aluguacil brought the tying run to the plate later in the frame. But, Franklin got strikeout #11 to end the inning.
Franklin’s evening wrapped up with a 1-2-3 eighth inning, which included his 12th strikeout. He got leadoff batter Brett King swinging for the second out of the eighth. It was the fourth time in four trips to the plate in that game King struck out swinging against Franklin.
After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Appleton went to the bullpen for the top of the ninth.
Matt Mantei took the mound with a 3-1 lead and struck out the side in order to nail down another home victory for the Foxes.
FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Scott Smith: 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RUNS, 2RBI
The Foxes are 19-12 at Goodland Field after this victory.
There was no boxscore in the folder. So, the only documents we can share about this game are the scoresheets.
Also, there are two games left on the home schedule. But, there is only one set of documents left in folder. Either the sheets for that game didn’t make it into the folder or the Foxes-LumberKings got rained out on June 18. That means the final 1994 Foxes Home Game post will be Game #32. It will be a Goodland Field Slugfest. Be prepared.
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