1994 Foxes Home Game #32 – June 17
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 #31, Ryan Franklin struck out 12, Scott Smith hit a two-run homer, and Matt Mantei struck out the side in order in the ninth inning as the Foxes won 3-1. Game #32 is the final 1994 Foxes Home Game for which we have a boxscore and scoresheets. You are in for a Goodland Field Slugfest on a hot Friday night.
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – 2b
Jesus Marquez – rf
Raul Ibanez – c
Fred McNair – 1b
Alex Sutherland – dh
Scott Smith – lf
Brian Wallace – 3b
Luis Molina – ss
Brett King – ss
Eddie Hartwell – rf
Armando Ross – cf
Brian Zaletel – dh
Charles Alimena – 1b
Benji Simonton – lf
Jose Alguacil – 2b
Gary Phillips – 3b
Mike Cavanaugh – c
Brett King, who went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on June 16 against Ryan Franklin, started this game with a home run to center against Ryan Smith.
Then, the Foxes scored twice in the bottom of the first. Mike Barger singled and stole second. Manny Patel walked. Raul Ibanez doubled to left-center with one out to drive in both runners for a 2-1 lead.
Clinton tied the game in the top of the second. Smith hit Benji Simonton to start the inning and a missed catch on a pickoff throw to first allowed Simonton to reach third base. Gary Phillips would drive in Simonton with a sacrifice fly.
The Foxes got busy in their half of the second inning and knocked Clinton starting pitcher Jim Rosenbohm out of the game. It happened like this:
Single by Alex Sutherland
Double by Scott Smith
RBI single by Brian Wallace (Foxes up 3-2)
RBI single by Luis Molina (Foxes up 4-2)
Popup by Barger
Grounder to second by Patel, but Clinton second baseman with an errant throw on force play (Foxes up 5-2)
RBI single by Jesus Marquez (Foxes up 6-2)
Raul Ibanez walks to load the bases.
Rosenbohm out, Michael McMullen on in relief
Fred McNair strikes out
Two-run double by Sutherland (Foxes up 8-2)
Scott Smith strikes out
But, Ryan Smith could not hold the LumberKings down in the top of the third. He hit King and gave up a single to Eddie Hartwell to start the inning. Armando Rios singled to drive in King. One out later, Charles Alimena doubled to right to drive in a pair of runs. However, Alimena was thrown out at third as he tried to stretch his hit into a triple. Smith got the third out, but the 8-2 lead was cut to 8-5.
Clinton crept closer in the fifth inning as Zaletel hit a solo homer.
In the sixth, reliever Jose Sanchez had an interesting Goodland Field debut. Alguacil singled and Gary Phillips doubled to start the inning for Clinton. Sanchez struck out the next batter. He also struck out King, but King would reach on an errant throw by Ibanez. HOWEVER, the runners on second and third stayed where they were at after the play. Sanchez struck out Hartwell for the second out. Then, he issued a bases loaded walk to Rios to force in a run. Sanchez struck out Zaletel – his fourth K of the inning – to end the inning. But, the score was 8-7 through 5-1/2 innings.
The Appleton bats woke up again in the bottom of the sixth. Barger doubled to start the inning and Patel followed with an RBI single. Foxes back up 9-7.
Sanchez escaped a spot of trouble in the top of the seventh and after the stretch Appleton made the score 10-7 as Fred McNair singled, stole second, and scored on a single by Scott Smith.
But, Sanchez could not get out of a jam in the top of the eighth. The inning started with consecutive singles by King and Hartwell. Rios was next and he doubled both runners home to make the score 10-9. Sanchez gave up one more single before giving way to Robert Krueger.
Krueger entered with runners on the corners and no outs to face Alimena. He retired Alimena on a fly ball to left that wasn’t deep enough to score the tying run. Then, Carlos Lezcano made a call that’s interesting. He went to Matt Mantei, his closer.
He threw a wild pitch with Simonton at the plate and Rios scored the run to tie the game 10-10.
Then, he walked Simonton. Then, Mantei threw another wild pitch.
He would strike out Alguacil, but walk Gary Phillips to load the bases. Mantei escaped the inning with the game still tied by striking out Cavanaugh.
Appleton responded to the LumberKings tying the game by putting together a spurt of four more runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Barger walked to start the inning, but was forced at second on a bunt back to the mound by Patel. Marquez picked up Patel and an RBI with a double to left to put the Foxes up 11-10. Ibanez singled to right to score Marquez for a 12-10 lead. An exclamation point in the form of a two-run homer to left was provided by Fred McNair.
Alex Sutherland followed with a triple, but he was thrown out at the plate after a grounder to third by Scott Smith.
Robin Cope came on to get the final three outs of the game. He retired King and Hartwell on grounders. Then, he walked Rios. A passed ball on Ibanez put Rios at second. Zaletel singled in Rios for a 14-11 score. Alimena was next and he singled to bring the tying run to the plate.
Raul Ibanez: 2-for-4, 2B, BB, RUN, 3RBI
Matt Mantei: .2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, WIN
The Foxes ended the first half home schedule with a 20-12 record.
Appleton had an overall record of 39-30 in the first half. They finished in second place in the North Division, five games behind first place Rockford.
I’ll wrap this series of posts up with one big post either Sunday or Monday. I’ll include the results of each game with a link to each individual post and take a look at the home statistics for players like Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Franklin, and Matt Mantei.
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