March 2013

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
LUMBERKINGS STARTING PITCHER: Steve Bourgeois
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Tim Harikkala
CONDITIONS: 93°, Wind to center
ATTENDANCE: 787
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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.

FOXES LINEUP:
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

LUMBERKINGS LINEUP:
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.
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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.
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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.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Mike Barger: 2-for-4, 3 runs, SB
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NOTES:
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-5, HR, 3RBI
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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.

CLICK FOR PDFs:
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1994 Foxes Home Game #29 – June 10

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 10
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
RIVER BANDITS STARTING PITCHER: Alberto Blanco
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Tim Harikkala
CONDITIONS: 74°, Pleasant
ATTENDANCE: 1,004

In game #28, the Foxes lost to the River Bandits.  They lost big to the River Bandits.  Tim Harikkala will take the mound in this game to stop the two game losing streak at Goodland Field.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Jesus Marquez – rf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Delwyn Young – dh
Jose Cuellar – c
Scott Smith – lf
Brian Wallace – 1b
Manny Patel – 3b

RIVER BANDITS LINEUP:
Jamie Saylor – ss
Kary Bridges – rf
Tim Forkner – 3b
RJ Bowers – lf
Richard Hidalgo – cf
Nate Peterson – dh
Eddie Ramos – 1b
Trevor Froschauer – c
Mark Dorencz – 2b

Five batters into the game, the River Bandits were up 2-0.  A single and a hit batsman started the inning.  A single by Tim Forkner loaded the bases with no outs.  Harikkala limited the damage by only letting in runs on consecutive sacrifice flies by RJ Bowers and Richard Hidalgo.

Harikkala allowed three more hits in the game after that single by Forkner.  Heck, he didn’t let another Quad Cities player past second base as he tossed a complete game.

But, could the Foxes offense come back for the win?

Well, they had no luck against Alberto Blanco in the first four innings.  Then, the bottom of the order got the rally started in the bottom of the fifth.

It started with a leadoff homer by Scott Smith.  Manny Patel drew a one out walk.  Then, Mike Barger singled, and Jesus Marquez walked to load the bases with one out.  Blanco was taken out of the game in favor of Eddie Lewis at that point.

Lewis walked Giomar Guevara to force in Patel with the tying run.  That brought up Alex Rodriguez with the bases loaded.  Double to left!  Three runs score!  Foxes up 5-2.  A-Rod would steal third base and score when Eddie Ramos booted a Delwyn Young grounder to first.  Foxes score six runs in the inning and are up 6-2.

That’s all she wrote.

The rest of the game featured a two-out triple by Barger in the sixth Rodriguez with another double and another swipe of third base in the seventh.  But, that was it for the Foxes’ offense.  We have already touched on the lack of offense by the River Bandits since the first inning.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Tim Harikkala: 9IP, 5H, 2R, BB, 6K, CG, WIN

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NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-3, 2 doubles, 3RBI, 2 stolen bases, walk, run
arod94This game was played in two hours and 18 minutes.

The victory snapped a two game home losing streak for the Foxes.

Appleton goes on the road for four games after this win.  They will be in West Michigan from June 11-14.  The Foxes get back to Goodland Field to wrap up the first half of the season on June 15 for the first game of a four game series with Clinton.  You won’t need to wait four days for the next Foxes home game from 1994.  We’ll have Tim Harikkala back on the mound for that June 15 game tomorrow on Rattler Radio.

The win in game #29 gave the Foxes an 18-11 home record to this point of the season.

CLICK FOR PDFs:
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Renovation Update: Episode 15.5

I just happened to be over at the stadium today and I saw something wonderful that needed to be shared before we shot the next video update.

The tarp has been taken down from some of the upper level.

Here's a view from the mound.

Here’s a view from the mound.

Here's a look from inside the banquet facility.

Here’s a look from inside the banquet facility.

A view from the club seats.

A view from the club seats.

A look at the outside seating for the club level.

A look at the outside seating for the club level.

This is the view from the club seats from directly behind home plate.

This is the view from the club seats from directly behind home plate.

We’ll have video and more photos next week.  Have a great weekend, everyone!  Think Spring!

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
KERNELS STARTING PITCHER: Mike Grzanich
FOXES STARTING PITCHER:  Brett Hinchliffe
CONDITIONS: Sunny, 76°
ATTENDANCE: 546
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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.

FOXES LINEUP:
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

QUAD CITIES LINEUP:
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.
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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.
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NOTES:
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?
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The loss dropped the Foxes a record to 17-11 through their first 28 games at Goodland Field in 1994.

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june9foxessheet

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Renovation Update: Episode 15

Just like last week.  Pictures first.  Video second.

If you’ll indulge me, here is my new apartment…I mean, home radio booth.

Home Radio booth

Home Radio booth

This is the new bullpen area. Bullpen as in “area for office workers” not as in “place for pitchers to warm up before entering a game”.

Inside the main office.

Inside the main office.

If you look to the right when you are near the front of the stadium, you will see the new entrance to the front office.

Front office entrance.

Front office entrance.

If you look to the left from the same spot, you will see the new team store.

Team store entrance.

Team store entrance.

And here is the view from one of the upstairs camera platforms:

Panorama!

Panorama!

Let’s get this snow out of here!

In the meantime, here is the video:

Walkoff Wednesday (1999 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

Today we peer back through the mists of time to 1999.  There are a couple of walkoff wild pitches, but there is also the rarest of birds…a walkoff grand slam where the home team is down by three runs…in the playoffs. (Yes, it was a Timber Rattlers victory.)

This may not be a complete list.  I did the best I could with what I had.  If you were at a game and remember something different happening, drop a line in the comments.  Or, we can wait until the end of this season and I’ll make a trip to the library to sort it all out from the microfilm files.

Walkoff Heroes of 1999.

Walkoff Heroes of 1999.

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (8):

DATE: April 12
OPPONENT: Rockford Reds
BATTER: Victor Martinez
PITCHER: N/A
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Grounder to the legs of second baseman Antonio Perez let Ruben Castillo score the winning run.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 4, Rockford 3 (12)
NOTE: This was the home opener for the 1999 season.

DATE: April 14
OPPONENT: Rockford Reds
BATTER: Bo Robinson
PITCHER: Jake Meyer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: SFF-3.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 5, Rockford 4
NOTE: I guess that game winning play needs some explanation.   The Rattlers had the bases loaded with one out and Bo Robinson at the plate.  First baseman James Matan made the catch in foul territory.  He flipped the ball to Meyer.  Then, Meyer started to discuss something with his catcher on the first base foul line without calling time.  Ruben Castillo tagged and took off for home.  He scored without a play and the Rattlers won.

DATE: May 22
OPPONENT:  Cedar Rapids Kernels
BATTER: Bo Robinson
PITCHER: Greg Jones
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:  Cedar Rapids 4, Timber Rattlers 3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Robinson delivered a 2-out, 2-run single.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 5, Cedar Rapids 4
NOTE: The Rattlers had two out with nobody on base.  PJ Williams singled. Victor Martinez doubled. Robinson singled to drive them both in for the stunning comeback victory.

DATE: June 17
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER:  Craig Kuzmic
PITCHER: Chris Bloomer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 8-8 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Kuzmic drives in Juan Silvestre
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 9, South Bend 8 (10)
NOTE: Kuzmic tied the game 8-8 with a home run in the eighth inning

DATE: July 7
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
BATTER: N/A
PITCHER: Shane Heams
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Wild pitch by Heams let Bo Robinson score from third base.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 5, West Michigan 4
NOTE: West Michigan tied the game with a run in the top of the ninth.

DATE: July 14
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Juan Silvestre
PITCHER: Pedro Minaya
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 10-10 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Wild Pitch scored the winning run from third base
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 11, Clinton 10 (10)
NOTE: According to the game story, the bases were loaded with two outs and one strike on Silvestre in the bottom of the tenth.  Minaya did a pretty emphatic fist pump after getting the second strike on Silvestre.  Then, he uncorked a wild pitch to let the winning run score.  Fist pumps. They can be your friend and they can be your enemy.

DATE: September 11
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Juan Silvestre
PITCHER:  Elvis Polanco
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Lansing 6, Timber Rattlers 3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Juan Silvestre GRAND SLAM!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF:  Timber Rattlers 7, Lansing 6
NOTE: I was at this game.  It was Game Two of the Midwest League Semifinals.  The bottom of the ninth inning went like this:   Alan Zambrano walked.  Ramon Valera singled.  Fernando Espino struck out.  Bo Robinson walked.  Silvestre with the grand slam and a pretty cool curtain call after the game.  The victory gave the Rattlers a sweep of the Lugnuts and a spot in the Midwest League Championship. It was amazing.

DATE: September 16
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Fernando Espino
PITCHER: Brannon Whatley
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Fernando Espino with a two-out solo home run!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 4, Burlington 3 (12)
NOTE: Craig Kuzmic hit a solo home run in the bottom of the tenth inning to tie Game Three of the MWL Championship Series.  The victory kept the Rattlers, who lost the first two games of the series in Burlington, alive in the Finals.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (3):

DATE: April 17
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: CO Brown Stadium
BATTER: Roberto Alleyne
PITCHER: Enmanuel Ulloa
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:  Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY:  RBI single by Alleyne
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Michigan 5, Wisconsin 4
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers had a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.  Then, the Battle Cats scored three runs for the win.

DATE: June 26
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Wellington Sanchez
PITCHER: Justin Dunning
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:  Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Sacrifice fly by Sanchez drives in Ryan Bordenick.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Beloit 6, Wisconsin 5 (12)
NOTE: Ryan Bordenick returned to the Snappers again in 2000.

DATE: July 10
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
STADIUM: Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Sean Campbell
PITCHER: Melqui Torres
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Scoreless in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Campbell
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Fort Wayne 1, Wisconsin 0
NOTE: Melqui Torres gave up a leadoff triple to Jeremy Owens in the bottom of the ninth.  Campbell followed with the RBI single for the game winning play.

Previous Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (2011 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2010 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2009 Season)


Walkoff Wednesday (2008 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

MLB Memory Lane – September 10, 2007

I went to a lot of baseball games before I started working in baseball.  MLB Memory Lane is a look back at some of those games.

This week, the most frustrating game I have ever attended in my life.

Date: September 10, 2007
Teams: Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates
Stadium: PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Seat Location: Lower deck behind home plate
With: No one

It was my tradition a few years ago to go on a long car trip at the end of the Timber Rattlers season.  I would get in the car and drive with no real destination in mind.*

In 2007, I went north.  Then, I went east.  My trip took me to through Sault Ste. Marie, to the Canadian capital of Toronto kidding…Ottawa, through Vermont past Castleton College, to Cooperstown, Scranton, and Shanksville.

It was just coincidence that the Pirates happened to be home against the Brewers on September 10.  I was going to go to this game.

This may come as a shock, but there were decent tickets available for this game.  The Brewers were in first place in the NL Central – one game up on the Chicago Cubs – with a 73-69 record.  Pittsburgh was 63-80 and in 5th place.

I found a decent parking spot and walked across the bridge to get to the stadium:

The walk to PNC Park is great.

The walk to PNC Park is great.

Then, statues of legends.  Not just Pirates legends.  Baseball Immortals:

Roberto Clemente!

Roberto Clemente!

Willie Stargell!

Willie Stargell!

This may come as a shock, but I walked up to the window on the day of the game at PNC Park without a ticket and for $25 this is where I got to sit:

Shhh.  You can almost hear Ned Yost and Jim Tracy discussing WAR and FIP.

Shhh. You can almost hear Ned Yost and Jim Tracy discussing WAR and FIP.

The pitching matchup?  Carlos Villanueva for the Brewers against Tony Armas, Jr. for the Pirates.   PLAY BALL!  Well, first I had to go get a gyro from the one of the concession stands on the third base side.  Then, it was PLAY BALL!

Both teams had a pair of hits in the second inning, but neither team scored in that frame.  The game was scoreless until the bottom of fifth.

Nyjer Morgan started the rally with a one out double.  (Oh, T-Plush, how could you?) Nate McClouth was next and he homered to right field and the Pirates were up 2-0.

Villanueva, who was making his third start of the season, was due up to leadoff the top of the sixth.  Ned sent Laynce Nix up to pinch-hit for Villanueva to start something.  Armas retired Nix on a grounder.  Armas also retired Rickie Weeks and Gabe Gross on grounders for a 1-2-3 sixth inning.

Here’s Matt Wise to keep it close in the bottom of the sixth.

Bautista singled to left; Pearce struck out; Paulino singled to center [Bautista to second]; Wilson singled to shortstop [Bautista to third, Paulino to second]; PHELPS BATTED FOR ARMAS; Phelps forced Wilson (third to second) [Bautista scored, Paulino scored (error by Weeks) (unearned) (no RBI), Phelps to second]; SHOUSE REPLACED WISE (PITCHING); Morgan struck out; 2 R (1 ER), 3 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. Brewers 0, Pirates 4.

*sigh*

In the top of the seventh Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder were both retired by Franquelis Osoria. Corey Hart reached on a bunt single, but Geoff Jenkins lined out to center.

Brian Shouse, who came on to get the last out of the Pirate half of the sixth, came out to the mound after the stretch:

PIRATES 7TH: McLouth singled to left; McLouth stole second; F. Sanchez singled to right [McLouth to third]; LaRoche singled to right [McLouth scored, F. Sanchez to second]; MCCLUNG REPLACED SHOUSE (PITCHING); Bautista struck out; Pearce singled to left [F. Sanchez scored, LaRoche to second]; Paulino doubled to center [LaRoche scored, Pearce to third]; Wilson out on a sacrifice fly to right [Pearce scored, Paulino to third]; Osoria was called out on strikes; 4 R, 5 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Brewers 0, Pirates 8.

*sigh*

I am pretty sure that rigth around the time Seth McClung came into the ballgame was when this happened:

Grrrrr.  I mean Yaaaarrrrrrghhhh!

Grrrrr. I mean Yaaaarrrrrrghhhh!

It wasn’t even the cool mascot. You know? The Parrot. It was this guy.

I stuck around for the whole game, which included Greg Aquino giving up an RBI double to Adam LaRoche in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 9-0 Pirates lead.

The Brewers went down in order in the top of the ninth and I was heading out on the road to somewhere in Ohio to spend the night.

Milwaukee managed just four hits in the game, didn’t draw any walks, and played one of their worst games of 2007. Plus, the Cubs pummeled the Cardinals 12-3 at Wrigley Field that afternoon. That meant Milwaukee and Chicago were tied for the NL Central lead with identical 73-70 records with 19 games left in the season.

Starting Lineups:

   Milwaukee Brewers             Pittsburgh Pirates       
1. Weeks               2b        Morgan              cf
2. Gross               rf        McLouth             lf
3. Braun               3b        F. Sanchez          2b
4. Fielder             1b        LaRoche             1b
5. Hart                cf        Bautista            3b
6. Jenkins             lf        Pearce              rf
7. Estrada             c         Paulino             c
8. Hardy               ss        Wilson              ss
9. Villanueva          p         Armas               p

NOTES:
Prince Fielder: 1-for-3
Ryan Braun: 0-for-4
Geoff Jenkins: 0-for-3

Results aside, PNC Park is a beautiful stadium.  I highly recommend it as a stop if you want to catch a Brewers game on the road.  Plus, GYROS!

I will retrace this journey one day.  Except I would make my sit-com visit to Pawnee, Indiana and my MST3K visit to Merrill, Wisconsin (Packers! Whooooo!).

Retrosheet.org Boxscore
Baseball Reference WPA Chart

*-The case can be made that this tradition started as a way to fulfill the post-Vietnam dreams of John Rambo and Ortega: Me and Ortega used to talk about getting a big caddy after the war, ya know, and cruise ’till the wheels fell off. One day we were in town and this little kid comes up to Ortega and says, Shine Sir? Shine? and the box was wired….there were pieces of Ortega all over the street, sir…...….. Sorry. I have something in my eye…..probably just dust……probably….Now, I want to watch First Blood again.

Past MLB Memory Lane entries:
Rally against The Eck & Walkoff the A’s (1989)

Dennis Lamp near no-hitter (1981)

Teddy & Team Streak (1987)

Chester Marcol steals the show (1980)

Nolan Ryan at Wrigley (1987)

Larry Hisle beats Louisiana Lightning (1978)

Bonds, Kent, Burks ruin my dad’s 60th birthday (1999)

Doubleheader against Yaz & the Red Sox (1977)

Rockie Mountain Way (1999)

Wrigley in September (1985)

Dan Plesac frustrates us (1991)

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Mehring Monday: Special Cards

I am a bit pressed for time today so I am going to pull a topic that I have been saving for just such an occasion.

If you collected baseball cards around the time I did, you were looking forward to getting Reggie Jackson, Robin Yount, Rod Carew, Mike Schmidt, and all the other great players of the time in that pack.  I did, too.

But, I also looked forward to those other cards.  The ones with the leaders from the previous season.  The ones with the top rookies for the upcoming season.  The ones that pointed out the family connections.  The ones that talke about trades in the offseason. The ones that I am going to share today.

Like this one about trades.  I can’t decide which looks more wrong.  Mickey Lolich in a Mets cap or Ron Santo in that red cap.  Imagine what they could have done with Photoshop in the 1970′s.

That one in the lower right looks so wrong.

I’ve decided.  Santo in the red cap looks SO wrong.

Baseball is a game for Fathers & Sons.  Don’t believe that?  The proof is in the card!  I am pretty sure there is a card out there that has the three generations of Boones out there somewhere.  I just don’t have it.

I really like these father and son cards.

I really like these father and son cards.

It’s a game for rookies and brothers, too.  JIM GANTNER sighting!  GARTH IORG sighting!  Jim Rice had to share that card in 1975.  And check out Jack Morris as a young Tiger on that ’78 Rookie Pitchers card.  

Carlos May played for the Foxes.

Carlos May played for the Foxes.

It’s a game for leaders.  Phil Niekro struck out NL 262 batters in 1977.  Nolan Ryan struck out 341 AL batters in 1977.  Wait a minute…Rod Carew led the AL in batting….Larry Hisle led the AL in RBI….both guys were on the Twins….Hisle hit behind Carew in the order?  That makes complete sense!

Tavares AND Patek on the same card!

Taveras AND Patek on the same card!

There is also room of the record breakers.  Like Willie McCovey breaking a record you didn’t know existed.  The back of his card notes that “McCovey hit two homer in one inning, 6-27-77 to set one big league mark and set another NL standard”.  No other player had ever hit two homers in an inning twice until McCovey.  One of those homers on June 27 was a grand slam for his 17th homer with the bases loaded.   Note that the idiosyncratic comma before the date in the quote from the back of the card is in the original…for some reason.

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Nolan Ryan holds a strikeout record? Get out!

There are Legends, too.  Yes. I consider Bobby Grich a legend.  Dude could play!

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Roger Maris. Now there’s a haircut you could set your watch to.

Speaking of playing…look at these players and these achievements.  Also, the 1974 World Series cards is about Game Five, a 3-2 win by Oakland over the Dodgers that sealed the Swingin’ A’s third straight Championship.

Fernando Mania in a card

Fernando Mania in a card

Then, there are the cards with odd combinations.   Fountain of Youth for Willie Stargell and Pete Rose?  Phil and Joe Niekro tied for the NL lead in victories in 1979?  With 21?  Really?:

Benji & Reggie!  Ozzie & Gary!

Benji & Reggie! Ozzie & Gary!  Gorman & Dave!

Here are some other cards of note.  Like this tongue twister: Sammy Stewart struck out seven straight in his first MLB game. Also, Gene Garber was a Super Veteran!  I have one for Yaz, but couldn’t find it this morning.

USA! USA!

USA! USA!

Have I mentioned that I love that Kurt Bevacqua bubble gum card? Well, I do!

CHAMPION!

CHAMPION!

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.

DATE: June 8
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
KERNELS STARTING PITCHER: Matt Perisho
FOXES STARTING PITCHER:  Ivan Montane
CONDITIONS: 64°, Cool + Clear
ATTENDANCE: 1,531
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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.

FOXES LINEUP:
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

KERNELS LINEUP:
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.

Perisho got the first out of the eighth, but hit Sturdivant and that was it for him.
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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!
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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.
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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.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Giomar Guevara: 1-for-4, BB, RUN
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NOTES:
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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1994 Foxes Home Game #26 – June 7

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 7
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
KERNELS STARTING PITCHER: Geoff Edsel
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ryan Smith
CONDITIONS: Cloudy
ATTENDANCE: 674

In game #25, the Foxes beat Cedar Rapids behind a complete game by Ryan Franklin and a home run by James Clifford.  They try to extend their home winning streak to six and stay unbeaten at home in the month of June.

FOXES LINEUP:
Marcus Sturdivant – cf
Manny Patel – 3b
Jesus Marquez – rf
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Alex Sutherland – c
Scott Smith – lf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
James Clifford – 1b
Jose Cuellar – c

CEDAR RAPIDS LINEUP:
Jovino Carvajal – cf
Juan Henderson – ss
Derrin Day – lf
Aaron Guiel – 2b
Jamie Burke – 1b
Todd Takayoshi – c
Tony Moeder – dh
Jason Herrick – rf
Mark Simmons – 3b

Cedar Rapids almost got out to the lead in the first inning.  Juan Henderson singled with one out.  Derrin Doty doubled to left-center and Henderson tried to score from first.  The play went Sturdivant-Rodriguez-Sutherland for the out at the plate.

Future Kernels manager Jamie Burke doubled to leadoff the second inning, but was stranded at third by Ryan Smith on a grounder to the mound and back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.

The Foxes grabbed the lead in the second.  Alex Rodriguez tripled to right-center to start the innings.  He scored when Mark Simmons threw wildly to first on a grounder by Scott Smith.  Jose Cuellar knocked in Smith with a two-out single later in the second and the Foxes were up 2-0.
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Appleton added to their lead in the third inning.  Jesus Marquez walked and stole second.  A two-out double by Alex Sutherland knocked in Marquez for a 3-0 advantage.
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In the fifth, Manny Patel tripled to start the inning.  Marquez, playing in his first game at Goodland Field, singled in Patel for a 4-0 lead.  Then, A-Rod dropped a sacrifice bunt to get Patel into scoring position.  A balk would let Patel take third.  A wild pitch would let Patel score for a 5-0 lead.
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The Foxes made it 7-0 in the seventh inning Marquez tripled with one out.  A-Rod singled him in.  An RBI single by Giomar Guevara drove in A-Rod and knocked Cedar Rapids starting pitcher Geoff Edsell out of the game.

Ryan Smith was cruising through the first seven innings.  He had allowed seven hits, but had walked none and struck out six while keeping the Kernels off the scoreboard.  That changed in the eighth.

Jason Herrick singled.  Pinch-hitter Aaron Iatarola singled.  Jovino Carvajal tripled to knock in two and knock Smith out of the game.

The Foxes called for Robert Krueger to put out the rally.  Instead, Henderson’s RBI single made it 7-3.  Then, Doty doubled to right-center and Henderson beat the throw home this time.  The lead is down to three runs for Appleton.  An throwing error on Guevara during the play let Doty take third.  Burke would drive in Doty with a sacrifice fly.  Foxes were still up, but it was now 7-5.

Krueger would get the final out of the eighth by getting Todd Takayoshi to line out to A-Rod at short.

Appleton went down in order in the bottom of the eighth.  That means it’s time for Matt Mantei to close it down in the ninth.

MANTEI SAVES:
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Tony Moeder doubled to lead off the top of the ninth.  Mantei got a strike out, but pinch-hitter Derek Vaughn singled for an RBI and the 7-0 lead was down to 7-6 with the tying run on base and only one out.

Mantei regrouped and got Carvajal to fly out to left for the second out.  Henderson popped out to Clifford in foul territory at first base and the Foxes had won their sixth straight home game.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Jesus Marquez: 2-for-3, 3 RUNS, BB, 3B, SB, BB

NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-3, 2 RUNS, 3B, RBI
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This game featured 25 hits (11 for the Foxes and 14 for the Kernels).  There were four triples and five doubles out of those 25 hits.

Marquez had played 61 games for the Foxes – along with stops in Riverside and Jacksonville - in 1993.  This June 7 game was his first stop on the Mariners Organizational Ladder in 1994.

This win moved the Foxes record to 17-9 through their first 26 games at Goodland Field in 1994

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