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1994 Foxes First Half Home Games Summary

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 has looked back at each of the 32 home games played by the Foxes in the first half of the 1994 season between the end of the 2012 Timber Rattlers season and Opening Day, 2013. I hope that you enjoyed the look back as much as I did.

Part I: Answering that about which you are likely most curious.

Sorry for the weird phrasing there.  I think it’s right.  I just didn’t want the sentence to end with a preposition.

Here are the first half home stats for the four Foxes players from 1994 with the most name recognition:

Alex Rodriguez:
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Positions: Shortstop – 28, DH – 1
Spot in Order: 3rd – 14, 4th – 15
Batting Average: 39-for-108 (.361)
BB: 10
HBP: 2
2B: 8
3B: 1
HR: 8
RBI: 28
RUNS: 21
SB: 6

  • Hit two homers and drove in five runs on May 2 AND May 3
  • Went hitless in just 4 of his 29 games at Goodland Field in 1994
  • Longest Home Hitting Streak was 11 games (May 6-May 31)
  • Had walkoff hits on May 3 AND May 7
  • Had a sacrifice bunt on June 7

Raul Ibanez:

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22 games
Positions: Catcher – 8, DH – 11, First Base – 1, Pinch-Hitter – 2
Spot in Order: 2nd – 1, 4th – 11, 5th – 7, 6th – 1
Batting Average: 21-for-76 (.276)
BB: 8
HBP: 1
2B: 5
HR: 3
RBI: 14
RUNS: 14
SB: 1

  • Longest Home Hitting Streak: 9 games (May 1-May 18)
  • Drove in three runs on June 15 AND June 17
  • Homered on May 4, May 8, and June 15

Ryan Franklin:

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5 games, 5 starts,
5-0, 2.03ERA
40.0IP, 29H, 10R, 9ER, 8BB, 38K

  • Pitched a complete game on June 6
  • Struck out 11 opposing batters on May 6
  • Struck out 12 opposing batters on June 16 

Matt Mantei:

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10 games, 0 starts
1-0, 6 saves, 1.04ERA
8.2IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 16K

  • Went 5-for-5 in save opportunities.

As a Did You Know….Did You Know that Rodriguez, Ibanez, Franklin, and Mantei appeared in the same game at Goodland Field only one time during the 1994 season.  (June 1).

Part II: The Numbers

The Foxes finished the first half with a home record of 20-12.
Opponents outscored Appleton 168-161 in the first half of the 1994 season at Goodland Field.
There were no shutouts at Goodland Field in the first half of the 1994 season.
The Foxes scored 10 or more runs in two games
Opponents scored 10 or more runs in seven games

Part III: The Games

Game #1: Appleton Foxes 8, Fort Wayne Wizards 6

Game #2: Fort Wayne Wizards 11, Appleton Foxes 6

Game #3: Appleton Foxes 3, Fort Wayne Wizards 2 (7)

Game #4: Fort Wayne Wizards 8, Appleton Foxes 3

Game #5: Appleton Foxes 5, Beloit Brewers 1

Game #6: Appleton Foxes 4, Rockford Royals 3

Game #7: Appleton Foxes 7, Rockford Royals 5

Game #8: Appleton Foxes 8, Springfield Sultans 7 (12)

Game #9: Springfield Sultans 5, Appleton Foxes 3 (11)

Game #10: Springfield Sultans 2, Appleton Foxes 1

Game #11: Appleton Foxes 12, Springfield Sultans 1

Game #12: Appleton Foxes 2, Kane County Cougars 1 (10)

Game #13: Kane County  Cougars 18, Appleton Foxes 6

Game #14: South Bend Silver Hawks 13, Appleton Foxes 4

Game #15: Appleton Foxes 3, South Bend Silver Hawks 2

Game #16: Appleton Foxes 3, South Bend Silver Hawks 1

Game #17: Appleton Foxes 5, South Bend Silver Hawks 4

Game #18: Rockford Royals 10, Appleton Foxes 2

Game #19: Rockford Royals 8, Appleton Foxes 6 (10)

Game #20: West Michigan Whitecaps 4, Appleton Foxes 3

Game #21: Appleton Foxes 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (10)

Game #22: Appleton Foxes 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 3

Game #23: Appleton Foxes 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 1

Game #24: Appleton Foxes 6, Cedar Rapids Kernels 1

Game #25: Appleton Foxes 4, Cedar Rapids Kernels 2

Game #26: Appleton Foxes 7, Cedar Rapids Kenrels 6

Game #27: Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, Appleton Foxes 3

Game #28: Quad Cities River Bandits 11, Appleton Foxes 3

Game #29: Appleton Foxes 6, Quad Cities River Bandits 2

Game #30: Clinton LumberKings 12, Appleton Foxes 6

Game #31: Appleton Foxes 3, Clinton LumberKings 1

Game #32: Appleton Foxes 14, Clinton LumberKings 11

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.

DATE: June 17
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
LUMBERKINGS STARTING PITCHER: Jim Rosenbohm
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ryan Smith
CONDITIONS: HOT!!  95°
ATTENDANCE: 753

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.

FOXES LINEUP:
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

LUMBERKINGS LINEUP:
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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
mantei94Appleton 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.

Cope ended the madness with a K of Simonton.  Foxes win 14-11.
94copeFOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Jesus Marquez: 3-for-5, 2 RUNS, 2RBI, 2 doubles.

NOTES:
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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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.

DATE: June 16
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
LUMBERKINGS STARTING PITCHER: Jason Myers
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ryan Franklin
CONDITIONS: N/A
ATTENDANCE: 806
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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.

FOXES LINEUP:
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

LUMBERKINGS LINEUP:
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.

MANTEI SAVES
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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

NOTES:
Ryan Franklin: 8IP, 6H, R, 0BB, 12K, WIN
Matt Mantei: IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4, RBI
ibanez94This game took just under two hours (1:58) to play.

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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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.

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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.

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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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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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1994 Foxes Home Game #25 – June 6

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 6
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
KERNELS STARTING PITCHER: Johnny Lloyd
FOXES STARTING PITCHER:  Ryan Franklin
CONDITIONS: 83°, Clear, Windy to right
ATTENDANCE: 635

In game #24, Tim Harikkala went eight solid innings and the Foxes plated a bunch of early runs for a 6-1 win over the Kernels in the first game of the series at Goodland Field.  Ryan Franklin tries to keep it going in game #25.

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

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

The Kernels put the first two runners of the game on base with singles off Ryan Franklin.  Then, Jovino Carvajal was thrown out trying to steal third, Derrin Doty lined out to left, and Aaron Guiel grounded out to first. 

The Foxes had better luck in their half of the first inning.  Mike Barger reached on an infield single and moved into scoring position on a ground out.  Manny Patel drove in his third run of the series with a single to center and it was 1-0 Appleton.
94patelFor the second game in a row, the Foxes sent seven men to the plate in the first inning, but scored just one run.

Franklin worked a perfect second inning.  He walked Carvajal with two out in the third, but Alex Sutherland threw Carvajal out trying to steal (second base this time) to end the inning.
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In the fourth, Alex Rodriguez committed an error to let Juan Henderson reach at the beginning of the inning.  But, no Kernel would cross home plate in the fourth.

Appleton added to their lead in their half of the fourth.  Scott Smith was hit by a pitch with one out and he would successfully steal second base.  Jose Cuellar’s two-out single drove in Smith for a 2-0 lead.
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The next batter was James Clifford and he launched a two-run homer to right-center! Foxes up 4-0.
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Cedar Rapids got close in the top of the fifth. Tony Moeder singled with one out.  A double by Jason Herrick and an error by Barger in center let Moeder score.  Herrick took third on the play.  Mark Simmons cut the lead to two runs with an RBI grounder.

The Foxes would not score again after the homer by Clifford.  But, Franklin was solid again.  The Kernels brought the tying run to the plate in the sixth, seventh, and ninth innings but the Appleton starter kept the Kernels off the board.

Franklin walked Aaron Guiel with one out in the top of the ninth.  Then, Franklin sealed the complete game victory by getting Burke to ground into a force out at second and Todd Takayosi to ground out to first for the 27th out.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Ryan Franklin: 9IP, 6H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 7K, WIN
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NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-4, single, K
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Clifford would return to Appleton in 1995 as a member of the Timber Rattlers.  He would later become the minor league strength & conditioning coach for the Seattle Mariners.

Johnny Llloyd became the second Kernel in as many days to go the distance in a loss.  Lloyd’s line: 8IP, 8H, 4R, 2BB, 4K

As noted in the post about Home Game #24, the Jamie Burke who batted fifth and played first base for the Kernels in this game would manage the Kernels in 2012.  Burke went 0-for-4 in this game against the Foxes.

The win moved the Foxes a record to 16-9 through their first 25 games at Goodland Field in 1994.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #24 – June 5

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 5
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
KERNELS STARTING PITCHER: Brian Willard
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Tim Harikkala
CONDITIONS: 66°, Overcast
ATTENDANCE: 534
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In game #23, the Foxes beat West Michigan 5-1 behind a strong pitching performance by Ryan Smith.  In game #24, the Foxes take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Goodland Field.

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

KERNELS LINEUP:
Jovina Carvajal – cf
Juan Henderson – ss
Derrin Doty – lf
Aaron Guiel – 2b
Jamie Burke – 1b
Todd Talayoshi – c
Aaron Iatorola – dh
Jason Herrick – rf
Mark Simmons – 3b

Tim Harikkala made short work of the Kernels in the top of the first inning by setting them down in order, including striking out the last two batters.

The Foxes sent seven men to the plate in the bottom of the first inning against Brian Willard, but scored just one run.

Mike Barger and Marcus Sturdivant singled to put runners on the corners.  Manny Patel hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Barger for a 1-0 lead.  Alex Rodriguez made the second out of the inning.  Alex Sutherland reached on an error on the second baseman (that would be changed by the official scorer to single after the game).  Scott Smith took a walk to load the bases.  But, Willard escaped with a strikeout of Giomar Guevara.

He would not be so lucky in the third.

Patel and Rodriguez were aboard with one out and Sutherland doubled to drive in Patel.  Smith was next and he singled to drive in Rodriguez.  Guevara would follow with a single and Smith scored for a 4-0 lead.
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Harikkala allowed a run in the top of the fourth as Derrin Doty doubled to star the inning and scored on a grounder by Jamie Burke.  The Kernels would put two more runners on base in the fourth, but Harikkala got out of the jam by striking out Jason Herrick.

The Foxes got that run back in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Patel.

The top of the fifth featured an interesting inning-ending double play.  Jovina Carvajal had reached base on a one out single.  Juan Henderson was credited with a sacrifice bunt, but Carvajal would be out between second and third 3-5-6.  Whoops.

Cedar Rapids put two more runners on base in the sixth, but Harikkala kept the Kernels from scoring.

Appleton added one more run after the seventh inning stretch.  Sturdivant doubled to start the frame and took second on a flyout to center by Patel.  A-Rod picked up the RBI with a sacrifice fly to score Sturdivant and the Foxes were up 6-1.
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Harikkala retired the Kernels in order in the eighth.  Then, Matt Mantei entered the game.

MANTEI SAVES!

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Well, technically not a save situation, but still…A 1-2-3 ninth by Mantei gave the Foxes that 6-1 victory.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Manny Patel: 1-for-3, RUN, 2RBI
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NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-3, RUN, SF, RBI
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Tim Harikkala: 8IP, 7H, R, BB, 5K, WIN

The Jamie Burke who batted fifth, played first base, and went 1-for-4 in the game for the Kernels is the same Jamie Burke who would manage the Kernels in 2012.

Brian Willard went the distance for the Kernels to take the loss.  His line: 8IP, 10H, 6R, 3bB, 4K

The game could have been much worse for Willard.  His defense turned three double plays behind him to limit the damage.

This win moved the Foxes a record to 15-9 through their first 24 games at Goodland Field in 1994.

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