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1994 Foxes Home Game #13 – May 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: May 8
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
COUGARS STARTING PITCHER: Marc Valdes
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brett Hinchliffe
CONDITIONS: Sunny, 68°
ATTENDANCE: 1,786
94hinchliffeFOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf

Manny Patel – dh
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – c
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Brian Wallace – 3b
Giomar Guevara – 2b
David Lawson – rf
James Clifford – 1b

COUGARS LINEUP:
Ralph Millard – 2b

Glenn Reeves – rf
Billy McMillon – lf
Kevin Millar – 1b
Dave Berg – 3b
Ron Brown – cf
Willie Brown – dh
Andy Prater – c
Gavin Baugh – ss

In Game #12, the Foxes prevailed on an A-Rod walkoff hit in the bottom of the tenth.  Home game #13 would be, um, unlucky for the Foxes.

This game started innocently enough.  Billy McMilon hit a two-out solo homer in the top of the first.  Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI triple with one out in the bottom of the first.  He scored later in the inning on a throwing error and the Foxes led Kane County 2-1.
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Andy Prater hit a two-out solo homer in the top of the second to tie the game.  Giomar Guevara scored on a Mike Barger RBI grounder in the bottom of the second and the Foxes were back up 3-2.

McMilon stepped up with one out in the third inning and homered to tie the game again.  In the bottom of the third, Raul Ibanez doubled and Brian Wallace singled to drive him in to make it 4-3.  Then, Wallace scored on an error to make it 5-3.
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Hinchliffe and Valdes held the offenses off the scoreboard in the fourth.

McMilon walked with one out in the fifth.  He went to  third on a double by Kevin Millar and scored on a Dave Berg sacrifice fly.  In the bottom of the fifth, Ibanez hit a leadoff homer and the Foxes were up 6-4.
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The Foxes look like they should have been out of the sixth inning leading 6-4.  Hinchliffe struck out the first two batters of the inning.  Then, he struck out Gavin Baugh.  But, a dropped third strike let Baugh reach first.  A single by Ralph Millard put runners on the corners.  Then, an apparent errant pickoff attempt by Hinchliffe let Baugh score and sent Millard around to third.  A passed ball on Ibanez let Millard score the tying run.  Hinchliffe did get a strikeout, his tenth of the game, to end the inning.  But, the damage had been done.

The Foxes went quietly in the bottom of the sixth and the game was still tied 6-6.

Robert Krueger took over for Hinchliffe in the top of the seventh.  He walked McMilon to start the inning.  One out later Berg doubled.  Ron Brown followed with a two-run triple and the Cougars led 8-6.
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Bart Rich came on in relief of Valdes to start the bottom of the seventh inning and set down Rodriguez, Ibanez, and Sturdivant in order.

Greg Theron pitched a 1-2-3 top of the eighth to keep the Cougars at a two run lead.
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In the bottom of the eighth, Appleton had runners at the corners with two outs.  But, Rich struck out Barger to end the inning.

Theron, who had been pitching well early in the ’94 season, went back out for the ninth.  If he could hold the Cougars off the scoreboard, Appleton would have Patel, Rodriguez, and Ibanez due up in the bottom of the ninth.  There was hope for a comeback.

Then, this happened:

McMilon walk.
Millar single, McMilon to second.
Berg walk, McMilon to third, Millar to second.
Ron Brown single. McMilon scores. Millar scores. Berg to second.
Willie Brown reached on E3. Berg to third, R. Brown to second.
Andy Prater grounds out 3 unassisted. Berg scores. R. Brown to third. W. Brown to second.
Baugh singles. R. Brown scores. W. Brown scores.
FIVE RUNS IN. Kane County up 13-6
PITCHING CHANGE: Robin Cope in for Greg Theron.
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Reeves doubles. Baugh scores.
McMilon singles. Reeves scores.
Millar singles. McMilon to second.
Passed ball.  McMilon to third. Millar to second.
Berg hit by pitch.
R. Brown doubles. McMilon scores. Millar scores. Berg scores.
W. Brown grounds out 3-1 to end inning.

Kane County scored TEN RUNS on in the ninth inning to make the score 18-6.

The Foxes did NOT come back in the bottom of the ninth.  Bart Rich retired Patel on a fly ball to left and struck out both Rodriguez and Ibanez to end the game.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Raul Ibanez: 2-for-5, HR, 2B, RBI, 2 runs

NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-5, HR, RUN, RBI
Kevin Millar: 4-for-6, 2 doubles, two runs.

In case you lost track, McMilon went 3-for-3 with two homers, three walks, three RBI, and SIX RUNS scored

In case you lost track, Ron Brown had SEVEN RBI, including FIVE in the ninth inning.

Marc Valdes was the winning pitcher and Rich picked up the save with his three scoreless innings.

Hinchliffe walked two and struck out ten in his six innings of work.  He was the third straight Foxes starting pitcher to reach ten or more strikeouts in a game.  Ryan Franklin had eleven on May 6.  Ivan Montane had thirteen on May 7.

This game on May 8, 1994 was the final game of a homestand for the Foxes.  It was also a Sunday afternoon game.  What a crummy Sunday.  They hit the road for an eight-game road trip that features four games in Burlington and four games in Peoria.

The next home game on the 1994 schedule is May 18 against South Bend.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #12 – May 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: May 7
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
COUGARS STARTING PITCHER: Paul Thornton
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ivan Montane
CONDITIONS: Pleasant
ATTENDANCE: 2,519

FOXES LINEUP:
Marcus Sturdivant – lf

Mike Barger – cf
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – dh
Alex Sutherland – c
Brian Wallace – 3b
Giomar Guevara – 2b
James Clifford – 1b
David Lawson – rf

COUGARS LINEUP:
Glenn Reeves – rf

Ralph Millard – 2b
Billy McMilon – lf
Kevin Millar – 1b
Dave Berg – 3b
Rob Brown – cf
Willie Brown – dh
Mike Redmond – c
Scott Southard – ss

In game #11, the Ryan Franklin struck out 11 Springfield Sultans in a 12-1 rout.  In game #12, Ivan Montane takes his turn on the mound as the Foxes welcome the Kane County Cougars to Goodland Field.

Montane started the game with a strikeout.  Then, he allowed a single to Ralph Millard.  Then, back-to-back strikeouts of Billy McMilon and Kevin Millar.  (Yes.  That Kevin Millar).

In the second, Montane struck out the side in order.  In the third, he got two grounders back to the mound before hitting Glenn Reeves.  No worries.  Montane picked Reeves off first to tend the inning.

The top of the fourth started with a strikeout (#7 if you’re counting), but a single by McMilon and a walk to Millar brought Dave Berg to the plate.  Montane escaped with a 5-4-3 double play.

While Montane was pitching like a BOSS, the Foxes offense had trouble against Paul Thornton.  And by trouble, I mean they didn’t have a hit against Thornton through the first four innings.  There was a slight rally after James Clifford reached on an error and David Lawson walked with one out in the third, but that went nowhere.

The Cougars got to Montane in the fifth inning.  Ron Brown singled, moved to second on an error by Giomar Guevara after a grounder by Willie Brown.  Mike Redmond singled to load the bases with no outs.  Scott Southard grounded into a 4-3 double play, but Ron Brown scored the run.

Thornton set down the Foxes in order in the fifth and got the first two outs of the bottom of the sixth inning.  Then, Mike Barger singled to break up the no-no.  Then, Mike Barger got caught trying to steal second base to end the inning.
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Montane came out firing in the seventh as he struck out the side in order (Brown, Brown, & Redmond) in the top of the seventh to give him 11 for the game.  Montane made it an even dozen strikeouts for the final out of the top of the eighth inning, but the Foxes still trailed 1-0.

Thornton struck out Clifford to start the bottom of the eighth.  Then, David Lawson singled.  He went to second on a ground out by Marcus Sturdivant.  Then, Barger delivered his second hit of the game.  An RBI single to score Lawson with the tying run.
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Montane walked McMilon to start the ninth.  Then, he got Millar to ground into a 5-4-3 double play.  That was the fourth double play turned by the Foxes infield in the game.  For good measuer, Montane struck out Dave Berg to end the ninth for thirteen punchouts.

The Foxes got the winning run to third in the bottom of the ninth when Guevara singled with two outs and went around to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Brian Ward.  But, Clifford struck out to end the ninth and send the game to extra innings.

Dean Crow gave up a one out double to Willie Brown in the top of the tenth.  Then, he struck out Redmond and pinch-hitter Alex Aranzamendi.  Fifteen strikeouts by Foxes pitchers in the game.

Will Cunnane took over on the mound for the Cougars in the bottom of the tenth.  He struck out David Lawson to start the inning, but a dropped third strike let Lawson reach base.  Sturdivant dropped a sacrifice bunt and reached on an error by Cunnane.  This error sent Lawson all the way to third.  Kane County decided to walk Barger intentionally to load the bases and bring Alex Rodriguez to the plate.

A-Rod singled. Lawson scored. Foxes celebrated the walkoff win!
arod94FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Ivan Montane: 9IP, 4H, R, 0ER, 4BB, 13K
montane94NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-4, RBI
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4
Kevin Millar: 0-for-2, 2 walks
Mike Redmond: 1-for-4

Ron Brown joined the Duluth-Superior Dukes in 1996.  That was the first team for which I was a radio announcer on a daily basis.  Ron was a great guy and had an incredible arm.  He turned a pretty good season with the Dukes into a contract with the Yankees organization.

Will Cunnane joined the Brewers from the Padres organization as the player to be named later in a trade from the 2000 season. 

The win pushed the Foxes home record to 8-4 in their first 12 games at Goodland Field in 1994.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #11 – May 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: May 6
OPPONENT: Springfield Sultans
SULTANS STARTING PITCHER: Hal Garrett
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ryan Franklin
CONDITIONS: 56°, Calm
ATTENDANCE: 1,808

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf

Manny Patel – lf
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – dh
Alex Sutherland – c
Giomar Guevara – 2b
James Clifford- 1b
Jason Cook – 3b
David Lawson – rf

SULTANS LINEUP:
Earl Johnson – cf

John Cotton – lf
John Roberts – rf
Dave Mowry – dh
Leroy McKinnis – c
John Fantauzzi – 1b
Eduardo Cueas – 2b
Juan Espinal – 3b
Santiago Rivera – ss

In home game #10, the Foxes lost 2-1 to Springfield.  It was the second straight home loss for Appleton.  They would bounce back in game #11 in a big way.

But, they fell behind early in the game.  Ryan Franklin gave up an RBI double to John Fantauzzi with one out in the second inning and the Sultans had the 1-0 lead.  Franklin struck out the next two Springfield batters to halt the rally.

Franklin was never really in a big jam after those two strikeouts and I’ll get to his game in a bit.

Now is the game on Foxes Home Game when we talk about the Appleton offense.

In the bottom of the third, Mike Barger, singled and stole second.  Then, Manny Patel walked and Barger and Patel pulled a double steal.  Then, Alex Rodriguez walked to load the bases.  Then, Raul Ibanez drew a bases loaded walk to force Barger with the tying run.  Alex Sutherland followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Foxes in front as Patel scored and Rodriguez took third.

There were two outs, A-Rod is at third, Ibanez is at first and Giomar Guevara is at the plate.  Carlos Lezcano called for the DOUBLE STEAL!!! It was successful! Ibanez swiped second and Rodriguez scored for a 3-1 lead.
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By my count that is five stolen bases by the Foxes in that third inning.

In the fourth, Jason Cook singled with one out and David Lawson drew a walk.  Springfield starter Hal Garrett got the second out, but Patel launched a two-run triple to right for a 5-1 Foxes lead.

The Foxes tacked on another run in the fifth as Ibanez doubled with one out and scored when he beat a throw to the plate on a grounder by Guevara.  Guevara would steal two bases in the inning to run the Foxes total to seven for the game, but there was no more scoring in the frame.

There would be more Foxes runs in the sixth.  Lawson singled and Barger singled to put runners on the corners with no outs.  Barger stole second (SB #8 for the Foxes in the game) and Patel walked to load the bases for A-Rod.  A single by Rodriguez drove in two more runs for an 8-1 lead.  Ibanez followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Patel for a 9-1 score.

Appleton added three more runs in the seventh.  James Clifford scored the first run on a wild pitch by Jason Schlutt, the fourth Springfield pitcher of the game.  Patel drove in his third run of the game with a single to knock in Barger.

Then, Chad Dunavan pinch-hit for A-Rod.   Dunvavan doubled to drive in Patel for the 12-1 lead. 

PINCH HIT FOR AROD!!
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Marcus Sturdivant would pinch hit for Ibanez, but strike out to end the inning.

Speaking of strikeouts, Ryan Franklin struck out eleven Sultans over eight innings.  That includes striking out the side in order in the seventh.  Franklin struck out John Cotton to end the eighth inning and give him his eleven K’s in the game.
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Matt Mantei closed out the game with a 1-2-3 top of the ninth.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Manny Patel: 3-for-3, triple, two walks, three runs, stolen base, three RBI
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Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-3, walk, run, stolen base, two RBI
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-2, walk, sac fly, run, stolen base, two RBI
Ryan Franklin: 8IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 11K, WIN

The Foxes are 7-4 through their first eleven home games of the 1994 season.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #10 – May 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: May 5
OPPONENT: Springfield Sultans
SULTANS STARTING PITCHER: Luis Arroyo
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brian Doughty
CONDITIONS: Cool (Editor’s Note: No temperature given. It was just cool)
ATTENDANCE: 477

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Jason Cook – 3b
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Brian Wallace – 1b

Raul Ibanez – c
Jose Cuellar – dh
David Lawson – rf
Chad Dunavan – lf

SULTANS LINEUP:
Earl Johnson – cf
John Cotton – lf
John Roberts – rf
Dave Mowry – dh
LeRoy McKinnis – c
John Fantauzzi – 1b
Eduardo Cuevas – 2b
Juan Espinal – 3b
Santiago Rivera – ss

In game #9, the Sultans edged the Foxes 5-3 in eleven innings.  This was despite back-to-back homers by Alex Rodriguez and Raul Ibanez in the first inning.  What does game #10 hold?  Read on!

For the second game in a row, the Foxes grabbed the early lead.  Barger started the inning with a single.  Guevara singled to first and Barger made it around to third base.  Wallace singled with two outs and Barger scored for a 1-0 lead.

Brian Doughty held the lead until Eduardo Cuevas hit a lead off home run in the third inning.

Meanwhile, Springfield starting pitcher Luis Arroyo was holding the Foxes off the scoreboard.  The only real threat he faced in the middle innings was when Barger singled to start the third.  A balk and a stolen base put Barger on third, but Arroyo got out of the inning with a grounder to second, a line drive to the mound, and a strikeout of A-Rod.

Doughty was yanked after a leadoff double by McKinnis in the fifth inning.  Greg Theron entered and issued a walk, but a force at third on a sacrifice bunt, a single to load the bases, and a 4-6-3 double play ended the Springfield threat.

Theron worked a scoreless sixth, but walks to Mowry and McKinnis to start the seventh put Theron on his heels.  He recovered momentarily to pick Mowry off second base.  But, single by Fantauzzi put runners on the corners with one out.  Cuevas sent a grounder to third, but the Foxes could only get the force at second instead of the inning ending double play.  McKinnis scored on the play for a 2-1 Springfield lead.

Ibanez doubled to left off Arroyo to start the bottom of the seventh.  But, he was stranded there when the inning ended.

Arroyo went back out for the eighth and tossed a 1-2-3 frame against the top third of the Appleton order.

Springfield went to Dan Drewin for the bottom of the ninth and it went:  Rodriguez strikes out, Wallace pops out to short, and Ibanez grounds out to short.  Springfield beats the Foxes for the second game in a row.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Mike Barger: 2-f0r-4, RUN, SB

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NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 0-for-4, 3Ks
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4, 2Ba

Luis Arroyo was 8-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts for Springfield in 1994.  He was promoted to Rancho Cucamonga, San Diego’s affiliate in the California League, later in the ’94 season.  He scattered six hits over eight innings for this win at Goodland Field.

The Foxes have now lost two straight home games and are 6-4 through the first ten games of the 1994 season.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #9 – May 4

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: May 4
OPPONENT: Springfield Sultans
SULTANS STARTING PITCHER: Kyle White
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Tim Harikkala
CONDITIONS: 63°, overcast, breeze to right
ATTENDANCE: 401

FOXES LINEUP:
Manny Patel – lf
Mike Barger – cf
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – dh
Brian Wallace – 3b
Alex Sutherland – c
Giomar Guevara – 2b
James Clifford – 1b
David Lawson – rf

SULTANS LINEUP:
Earl Johnson – cf
John Cotton – dh
John Roberts – rf
Dave Mowry – 1b
LeRoy McKinnis – c
Darrick Duke – lf
Dick Woodridge – 2b
Juan Espinal – 3b
Erick Corps – ss

In game #8, the Foxes rallied a lot to win in 12 innings over the Sultans.  Is game #9 destined for extra innings, too?  Would I ask the question if it wasn’t?

The Foxes got off to the fast start in this game and it was back-to-back solo jacks by……Alex Rodriguez and Raul Ibanez with two outs in the bottom of the first inning for a 2-0 lead.  By my count this would be five homers in three games for A-Rod and …. 13 RBI…. THIRTEEN RBI in the first four games of May…Yeah.  He was pretty good.
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Brian Wallace was next and he was hit by a pitch.  (Coincidence, I’m sure).  Alex Sutherland was next and hit double to right field drove in Wallace for a 3-0 lead for the Foxes after one inning.

John Roberts brought the Sultans back.  He singled to lead off the fourth inning and eventually scored on a two-out single by Woodridge.  Roberts led off the sixth inning with a single and eventually scored on a two-out single by Darrick Duke to make the score 3-2.

A defensive play in the top of the seventh allowed the Foxes to maintain their one run advantage.  Harikkala hit Corps with one out in the seventh inning.  Robin Cope took over on the mound and gave up a single to Earl Johnson, but it turned into an 8-6-3-6-2 double play.

Johnson got hung up in a rundown between first and second as the throw came into A-Rod.  Corps, who had made it to third, took off during the rundown.  But Rodriguez tagged out Johnson and threw to the plate in time to get Corps for the final out of the inning.

Then, things got really interesting.

Darrell White, the second pitcher of the game for the Sultans, had Patel at second with two outs and A-Rod at the plate.  The scoresheet notes a HBP.  The boxscore notes the following: D. White – Springfield – ejected (Threw at Rodriguez).

Brian Wolfe took over for the Sultans and walked Ibanez to load the bases, but he struck out Wallace for the final out.

Springfield tied the game in the top of the eighth.  He walked John Cotton and hit John Roberts (without being ejected), but got the next two outs.  However, Santiago Rivera, who entered the game as a pinch runner in the sixth, doubled to center to get Coton home with the tying run.

Wolf worked shutout ball in the 8th, 9th, & 10th – including a strikeout of A-Rod in the 10th) to keep the game tied 3-3.

Springfield took their first lead of the game in the eleventh with two unearned runs off Oscar Rivera, the fourth Foxes pitcher of the game.

Santiago Rivera singled to start the Sultans rally.  Woodridge reached on a throwing error to second by Wallace after a sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and second with no outs.  Juan Espinal’s sacrifice bunt moved both runners up a base.  Corps hit a sacrifice fly deep enough to score Rivera.  Johnson’s grounder back to the mound was booted for another error and Woodridge scored for a 503 lead.

Sultans reliever Jason Schlutt shut the door with a 1-2-3 bottom of the eleventh and Springfield had the win.

NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-4, HR, RBI, CS
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4, HR, RBI

The Foxes were charged with three errors in the game.

Each team had two batters hit by pitches.  But, there was only the one ejection.

Both teams turned three double plays for a total of six twin killings.  Two of Springfield three double plays were of the “strike-him out, throw-him out” variety.

Sultans manager Ed Romero was making some moves in this game.  He had Santiago pinch run for Duke in the sixth inning.  Santiago entered the game on defense at short.  That moved Corps from short to left.  In the bottom of the eleventh, Romero put Cotton, his DH, into left field for Corps.

Romero must have known what he was doing.  No balls were hit to left field while Corps was in the game.  The first ball put into play in the bottom of the eleventh was a fly ball to Cotton, who made the catch for the first out.

The Foxes are 6-3 at Goodland Field through eight home games of the 1994 season. 

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1994 Foxes Home Game #8 – May 3

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: May 3
OPPONENT: Springfield Sultans
SULTANS STARTING PITCHER: Jim Baron
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brett Hinchcliffe
TRIVIA: This Springfield team moved to which current Midwest League city?
CONDITIONS: 60°, pleasant
ATTENDANCE: 429

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – lf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Brian Wallace – 1b
Jason Cook – 3b
Alex Sutherland – c
Jose Cuellar – dh
David Lawson – rf

SULTANS LINEUP:
Earl Johnson – cf
Dickie Woodridge – 2b
John Roberts – rf
David Mowry – dh
John Cotton – lf
Lee Henderson – c
John Fantazzi – 1b
Juan Espinal – 3b
Santiago Rivera – ss

In home game #7, Alex Rodriguez hit a pair of homers and the Foxes beat Rockford.  Appleton had won three straight home games to move their Goodland Field record at 5-2 to start the season.  Can the Foxes stay hot?

It was the Sultans who started fast.  Woodridge singled, stole second, and scored on a single by Mowry in the first inning.


barger94Appleton answered with two runs in the third inning to take the lead.  Cuellar scored on a fielder’s choice by Patel.  A-Rod’s two-out RBI double knocked in Barger.Springfield tied the game in the fifth.  Juan Espinal hit a leadoff homer off Hinchliffe.

The Sultans went up 3-2 in the sixth.  John Roberts doubled, went to third on a grounder, and scored on a fielder’s choice by John Cotton.

Roberts came up to face reliever Marty Winchester to start the eighth inning and launched a home run for a 4-2 lead.

Jason Schlutt, who came on in relief of Baron in the seventh, gave up a leadoff single to Patel in the eighth.  Schlutt got the first out.  Then, A-Rod cracked a two-run homer to left-center to tie the game.  This was the third homer in two games for Rodriguez.  It also gave him eight RBI in two games.

The game stayed tied 4-4 until the top of the eleventh.  Matt Mantei, appearing in his third consecutive game, walked Rivera with one out.  Consecutive singles by Johnson and Eduardo Cuevas drove in Rivera.

But, the Foxes extended the game in the bottom of the eleventh.  Alex Rodriguez hit a leadoff homer off Dan Drewin.  That makes four homers in two games for A-Rod.

Springfield probably thought they had won the game in the top of the twelfth when they plated two runs for a 7-5 lead.  Mowry hit a leadoff homer to right-center.  Fantauzzi would drill a two-out homer to left.  Both of these home runs were off  Mantei.

But, the Foxes weren’t done.

Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for Cuellar to start the twelfth and singled.  A wild pitch moved him to second.  Barger drew a one out walk and that took Bryan Wolff, the fourth Springfield pitcher to appear, out of the game.

Brad Kaufman, the fifth Springfield pitcher of the night, did not fare much better.  He walked Patel to load the bases.  Then, he walked Guevara to force in Ibanez.  Springfield still leads 7-6, but A-Rod is due at the plate.

Things get a little fuzzy here without a game writeup to follow  But, if you click on the Foxes Sheet link below you may be able to figure it out.

Rodriguez singles back to the pitcher to drive in Barger with the tying run.  Was this a suicide squeeze from the cleanup hitter?  Did he top the ball up the line and no defender had a play?  Did he crack the ball back off of Kaufman and beat the throw to first base?  A trip to the library is needed.

But, that isn’t the weird play.  The next play is where an eye witness would be helpful.


guevara94Wallace is at the plate in a tie game with the bases loaded and one out.  According to the scoresheet, Wallace never put the ball in play.  Patel – the runner at third – was out on a 2-5 caught stealing, but Guevara, the runner at second wound up scoring the winning run on a throwing error by Juan Espinal, the Springfield third baseman.

Here is a wild guess at what happened.

Wallace, who had been 1-for-5 with two strikeouts in the game, stepped in to hit.  Foxes manager Carlos Lezcano called for the squeeze bunt.  But, the Sultans guessed right and pitched out.  Patel had started charging for home and tried to retreat to third, but was out there.  Meanwhile, Guevara had wandered too far from second base and Espinal saw an opportunity to get the third out.  But, the throw went wild and by the time the defense could track down the baseball, Guevara scored the run to give the Foxes an 8-7 win in twelve innings for their fourth straight home win.

Sounds good to me.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Alex Rodriguez: 4-for-6, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI
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Raul Ibanez: 1-for-1, RUN

ANSWER: Springfield moved to Lansing after the 1995 season.

Former Timber Rattlers manager Jeff Isom played for Springfield in 1994.  But, he started that season in the Pirates organization and does not appear to have joined the Padres system until after this series against the Foxes.

The manager of the 1994 Sultans was former Brewers infielder Ed Romero.

This win put the Foxes at 6-2 through eight home games of the 1994 season.

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May3boxscore

1994 Foxes Home Game #7 – May 2

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: May 2
OPPONENT: Rockford Royals
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ivan Montane
OPPOSING STARTING PITCHER: Kevin Rawitzer
TRIVIA: How many home runs did Alex Rodriguez hit with the Foxes in 1994?
CONDITIONS: 58°, crisp
ATTENDANCE: 353
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FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Brian Wallace – 1b
Raul Ibanez – c
Jason Cook – 3b
Jose Cuellar – dh
Chad Dunavan – rf

ROYALS LINEUP:
Jeremy Carr – 2b
Eric Walls – cf
Sal Fasano – 1b
Carlos Mendez – dh
Mike Sweeney – c
Lino Diaz – 3b
Jimmy Byington – rf
Carlos Subero – ss
OJ Rhone – lf

Montane had a rough start.  Heck, the defense had a rough start.  Carr reached on a single and took second when Wallace missed a catch on a pickoff throw.  Walls followed with an RBI single.  One out later, Wallace missed a grounder off the bat of Mendez.  On the same play, an errant throw to third by Guevara let Walls score and Mendez to take second.  Then, Montane threw a wild pitch to send Mendez to third.  Sweeney knocked in the final run of the inning with a grounder to short.

Rockford added a run off Montane in the third and the fourth innings for a 5-0 lead.  In the third, Mendez walked, went to third on a single by Sweeney, and scored on a single by Diaz.  In the fourth, Walls reached on a fielder’s choice.  Fasano doubled to left and Manny Patel was charged with an error for missing the ball on a grounder.  That let Walls score.

The scoresheet isn’t clear when it happened, but Foxes manager Carlos Lezcano made a switch in left before the inning started and brought Patel into the game for Marcus Sturdivant. 

Appleton got a run back in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a defensive miscue by the Royals.  Guevara singled to third and took second on a bad throw.  A-Rod followed with a single.  Then, Wallace knocked in Guevara with a sacrifice fly.
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Guevara singled to start the sixth and went to second on a wild pitch.  Rodriguez stepped to the plate and launched his first Goodland Field home run.  Not only was it his first home homer, it was the first Foxes round tripper at Goodland Field for 1994.   It happened in Game #7 and the long ball to center pulled the Foxes to within 5-3.
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That was the end of the line for Rawitzer, the Rockford starting pitcher.  Pat Flury came on in relief and gave up a single to Wallace.  One out later, Jason Cook singled to left and an error by Rhone let Wallace take third base.  Jose Cuellar made it 5-4 with an RBI single.

It appears that the Foxes tried to steal a run – either through the double steal or a squeeze play – to tie the game.  Dunavan was at the plate with Cook at third and Cuellar at first when Cook was tagged out 2-unassisted for the second out.  Cuellar ended the inning at second base and it is not indicated how he got there.  Take your pick on this one, folks.

Foxes reliever Greg Theron, who came on for Montane to start the fifth, was cruising as he kept the Royals off the scoreboard.  He worked a 1-2-3 top of the seventh on a pair of strikeouts with a flyball to center sandwiched between the K’s.
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After the stretch, Flury hit Barger.  Patel dropped a sacrifice bunt to get Barger into scoring position.  Guevara drew a walk to bring A-Rod to the plate.

Rodriguez hit his second Goodland Field home run, this one to left field!  This drive put the Foxes up 7-5!

Theron worked a 1-2-3 eighth, including his fourth and fifth strikeouts of his four innings of work.

Theron went back out for the ninth, but allowed a single to Carr and the tying run was at the plate.  Robert Krueger came on in relief and got pinch hitter Paul Vindivich to fly out to center.

Matt Mantei took over for Krueger.  (NOTE: Carr stole second at some point in the ninth, but I’m not sure against which Foxes reliever he did it.)  Mantei got Fasano to ground back to the mound, but walked Mendez.  That brought Mike Sweeney to the plate as the go ahead run in the top of the ninth.

Mantei got the strikeout to end the game and get the save.

FOXES OF THE GAME:
Alex Rodriguez: 3-for-4, 2HRs, 5RBI
Greg Theron: 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, Winning Pitcher

NOTES:
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4
Mike Sweeney:  2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Matt Mantei made his MLB debut on June 18, 1995 with the Florida Marlins.  Mike Sweeney made his MLB debut on September 4, 1995 for the Kansas City Royals.

Mantei faced Sweeney twice – and struck him out twice – in this series between the Foxes and Royals.

Mantei faced Sweeney two times in the big leagues.  Mantei (an Arizona Diamondback) retired Sweeney (a Kansas City Royal) both times in 2003 in interleague play, but neither out was a strikeout.

Both times Mantei faced Sweeney came in a game on September 4, 2003 at Kansas CityMantei retired Sweeney on a grounder to second to start the ninth inning, but eventually gave up the tying run to send the game to extra innings.  The Diamondbacks scored a run in the top of the tenth to take a 6-5 lead.  The Royals put two runners on base with two outs in the bottom of the tenth to bring Sweeney to the plate again.  Mantei got Sweeney to popout to short to end the game.  And for the second time in his life Matt Mantei retired Mike Sweeney to end a game.

Oh, Raul Ibanez played in that game on 9/4/03 for Kansas City, too.  He went 0-for-1 as a defensive replacement.  Mantei walked Ibanez in the ninth inning to set up the tying run.

One last Foxes tie-in to that Interleague Game from ten years ago: Joe Randa, a Fox in 1992, was the starting third baseman for the Royals.  He went 0-for-5, including a walk in the tenth against Mantei.

ANSWER: Alex Rodriguez hit 14 home runs in 65 games with the Foxes during the 1994 season.

Carlos Lezcano put David Lawson in for Patel in left field as a defensive replacement in the top of the eighth for three left fielders during this game for Appleton.

The Foxes have won three straight home games and are now 5-2 at Goodland Field to start the season.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #6 – May 1

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: May 1
OPPONENT: Rockford Royals
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ryan Franklin
OPPOSING STARTING PITCHER: Toby Smith
TRIVIA: Can you name the two players in the Rockford Royals lineup who would become MWL Managers?
CONDITIONS: 55°, windy to right, partly cloudy
ATTENDANCE: 424

FOXES LINEUP:
Marcus Sturdivant –  lf
Mike Barger – cf
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – dh
Alex Sutherland – c
Brian Wallace – 3b
Giomar Guevara – 2b
James Clifford – 1b
David Lawson – rf

ROYALS LINEUP:
Jeremy Carr – 2b
Eric Walls – cf
Sal Fasano – dh
Braxton Hickman – 1b
Mike Sweeney – c
Paul Vindivich – lf
Lino Diaz – 3b
Jimmie Byington – rf
Carlos Subero – ss

The duo of Alex Rodriguez and Raul Ibanez got the Foxes on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning.  Rodriguez doubled to left with two outs and Ibanez followed with an RBI single to center.
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Franklin worked scoreless through the first three innings.  But, the Royals took the lead in the top of the fourth.  Franklin hit Sweeney with one out and an infield single by Vindivich put two runners on base.  Lino Diaz singled in Sweeney to tie the game and a fielder’s choice by Byington let Vindivich score for a 2-1 lead.

A-Rod came through with a hit in the fifth inning to put the Foxes back in front.  Appleton loaded the bases with no outs on the following plays: Clifford (HBP), Lawson (1B), & Sturdivant (1B).  Barger struck out for the first out.  Then, A-Rod singled to left to drive in two runs for to put the Foxes back up 3-2.
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Appleton padded their lead to 4-2 with a run in the bottom of the eighth against reliever Rick Burley.  Sutherland singled to start the inning and -with one out – moved to second on a grounder off the bat of Guevara.  Clifford singled to center to knock in Sutherland for the insurance run…that they would need.

Franklin pitched eight innings, scattered five hits, walked one, and struck out six before turning the game over to the bullpen.
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Robert Krueger took over to start the top of the ninth and got Hickman to send a grounder to short.  BUT, Rodriguez threw wildly to let Hickman reach.  That was all for Krueger.

Matt Mantei was next and he struck out Sweeney.  BUT, Mantei hit Vindivich to put the tying run on board.  Pinch runner OJ Rhone took over at first for Vindivich.   Then, Diaz singled to left to load the bases.

Then, Byington singled to center and Hickman scored to cut the Foxes lead to 4-3.  Fortunately, Rhone held at third to keep the bases loaded.

Mantei regrouped to strike out Subero for the second out.  Carr flew out to Barger in center to end the game.
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FINAL SCORE:
Royals 3
Foxes 4

FOX OF THE GAME:
Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-3, RUN, 2RBI

NOTES:
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4, RBI
Mike Sweeney: 0-for-2, HBP, BB, RUN
Matt Mantei: IP, 2H, 0R, 2K, SAVE

Answering the Trivia Question: Sal Fasano (Lansing – 2010) & Carlos Subero (Clinton – 2003-2005)
The Royals walked A-Rod intentionally after Barger doubled with two outs in the seventh inning.  The plan worked as Ibanez struck out to end the inning.
This game was scheduled to start at 1:30pm on a Sunday after the teams had played the previous night in Rockford.  The actual start time was 3:34pm.  The Official Scorer Report does not note rain, but that would be a logical conclusion to make.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #5 – April 27

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: April 27
OPPONENT: Beloit Brewers
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Fabian Salmon
OPPOSING STARTING PITCHER: Tim Harikkala
TRIVIA: This was the first game of a 2-game homestand for the Foxes after an 8-game road trip to South Bend, Fort Wayne, & Beloit.
CONDITIONS: 43°, bitter
ATTENDANCE: 487

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Foxes Lineup:
Marcus Sturdivant – rf
Mike Barger – cf
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – dh
Alex Sutherland – c
Brian Wallace – 3b
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Manny Patel – lf
James Clifford – 1b

Brewers Lineup:
Chris McInnes – 2b
Danny Klassen – ss
Brian Banks – lf
Will Fitzpatrick – dh
Jonas Hamlin – 1b
John Morreale – 3b
Bill Bobrolsky – c
Todd Dunn – cf
Greg Martinez – rf

Harikkala got into trouble in the first inning.  A single, sacrifice bunt, and walk put runners on first and second with no outs.  Fitzpatrick sent a fly ball to right.  Both McInnes – the runner at second – and Banks – the runner at first – tried to tag on the play.  Do not run on Marcus Sturdivant!  Banks was thrown out at second base and the inning ended.

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Harikkala gave up a two out single to Dobrolsky in the top of the second and Todd Dunn followed with a double to center.  Do not run on Mike Barger or Alex Rodriguez!  Dobrolsky tried to score from first and was cut down at the plate on a Barger-Rodriguez-Sutherland play to end the inning.

The Foxes grabbed the lead in the bottom of the second.  Sutherland singled, stole second, and took third on a one out double by Guevara… (Editor’s note: That’s what it says! It’ doesn’t explain).  Patel drew a walk to load the bases, but Clifford struck out.  That brought up Sturdivant.  The Foxes right fielder singled to drive in Sutherland and Guevara and send Patel to third.  A wild pitch by Salmon let Patel score and the Foxes were up 3-0.

Harikkala settled in with a 1-2-3 3rd, faced the minimum thanks to a 6-4-3 inning ending double play in the 4th, and worked around a walk in the 5th to maintain the 3-0 lead.

The Brewers got on the board in the 6th.  McInnes singled and went to third on a single by Banks.  Banks stole second with McInnes holding at third, but the throw from Sutherland was wild and McInnes scored as Banks took third with one out.  Harikkala got the last two outs to keep the lead at 3-1.

The Snappers threatened again in the 7th after a two-out double by Dunn, but Harikkala got out of the inning again.

Beloit went to the bullpen after the stretch and Chris Schmitt gave up a single to Guevara and a walk to Patel.  The Foxes pulled a double steal to get two runners into scoring position, but Schmitt retired the next two batters.

Beloit went to the bullpen again for Chad Kopitzke to face Barger to keep the score at 3-1.  But, Barger delivered a two-run single to make it 5-1 in favor of the Foxes.

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Harikkala went back out for the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 frame.   He went for the complete game in the ninth and gave up a leadoff single before getting the next two batters.  A single by Dobrolsky kept the game alive, but Harikkala got Dunn to pop out to Clifford at first to close out the game.

FINAL SCORE:
Beloit 1
Foxes 5

FOX OF THE GAME:
Tim Harikkala: 9IP, 9H, R, 0ER, 2BB, 7K, Complete game victory

THOSE GUYS:
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-4, stolen base
Raul Ibanez: 0-for-4,

NOTES:
The Foxes went 4-for-5 in stolen base attempts in this game.
There were a total of two extra base hits in this game – one double for each team.
This game, which started at 6:32pm, was played in a very snappy 2 hours and 5 minutes.
The game that was scheduled for April 28 was rained out.  The next home game the Foxes will play is Sunday, May 1 against Rockford.

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1994 Foxes Home Games (#4 – April 17 v. Fort Wayne)

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: April 17
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brian Doughty
OPPOSING STARTING PITCHER: Benj Sampson
TRIVIA: This was a Sunday afternoon game with a start time of 1:30pm.
ATTENDANCE: 872

Mike Barger, Jose Cuellar, and Matt Mantei of the 1994 Appleton Foxes

Mike Barger, Jose Cuellar, and Matt Mantei of the 1994 Appleton Foxes

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger, cf
Giomar Guevara, 2b
Alex Rodriguez, ss
Jason Cook, 3b
Brian Wallace, 1b
Jose Cuellar, dh
Alex Sutherland, c
Chad Dunavan, rf
Marcus Sturdivent, lf

WIZARDS LINEUP:
Armann Brown, cf
Romulo Vizcaino, lf
Ryan Radmanovich, 3b
Tim Costic, 1b
Chad Rupp, dh
James Motte, ss
Tom Knauss, rf
Scott Stricklin, c
Danny Venezia, 2b

The Wizards took the lead with three runs in the second inning.  Costic and Rupp hit back-to-back homers to start the inning.  Knauss tripled with one out and scored on a wild pitch.  Fort Wayne added to the lead with a solo homer by Radmanovich in the top of the third.

I will note at this time that official scorer Dan Huber’s weather notation for April 17 is 58° Clear, Windy to right.

In the fourth, Stricklin hit a leadoff homer to right for a 5-0 lead.  That was the end of the day for Foxes starting pitcher Brian Doughty.  He allowed five runs on seven hits, including four solo homers.

The Foxes cut the lead to three runs with a rally in the fourth.  Barger reached on an infield single. Guevara got on with a dropped flyball to right.  A-Rod struck out, but Cook reached on a walk to load the bases.  Wallace drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly.  Cuellar got the second with an RBI single.

Fort Wayne put the game away in the eighth inning on some sloppy defense by the Foxes.  Stricklin singled. A-Rod committed an error on a grounder by Venezia.  Sturdivent, the Foxes left fielder made an error on the same play to let Striklin score and send Venezia to third base.  A fielder’s choice by Vicaino later in the inning let Venezia score for a 7-2 lead.

The final Fort Wayne run scored on Costic’s second home run of the game.  This homer came with one out in the ninth inning off Robert Krueger.  That would be five solo homers in the game by Fort Wayne.  Matt Mantei came on to get the final two outs of the ninth.

Appleton got one more run in the ninth.  A-Rod was hit by a pitch, went to second on a walk to cook, and scored on an error by Venezia as he tried to turn a double play on a Wallace grounder.

FINAL SCORE:
Fort Wayne 8
Appleton 3

FOX OF THE GAME:
Mike Barger: 2-for-4, RUN.  Barger was the only Foxes player to have two hits in the game.

NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 0-for-3, RUN, HBP, K
Raul Ibanez: DNP

The Foxes concluded this series with a 2-2 record.

The Wizards hit five homers in this game and ten homers in the four game series.  Goodland Field was NOT a home run haven…usually.

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