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1994 Foxes Home Games (#3 – April 16 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 16
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
TRIVIA:  Home Game #3 of the 1994 Foxes season was a 7-inning game.  It followed the conclusion of the game that was suspended on April 15.


Marcus Studivant – LF
Manny Patel – 2B
Alex Rodriguez – DH
David Lawson – RF
Jason Cook – 3B
Alex Sutherland – C
James Clifford – 1B
Giomar Guevara – SS
Mike Barger – CF

Jason Baker – LF
Danny Venezia – 2B
Ryan Radmonovich – 3B
Tim Costic – 1B
Chad Rupp – DH
Tom Knauss – RF
James Mott – SS
Ben Jones – CF
Scott Stricklin – C

This game started at 7:05pm, a little over thirty minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game from April 15.  Official scorer Jim Youngwerth notes Windy/Brisk in the weather box, but does not indicate a temperature.  Brisk will have to do.

The Wizards scored a pair of runs in the second inning.  The first scored an error by second baseman Manny Patel during a rundown.  The second run scored on an error by first baseman James Clifford.

Foxes starting pitcher Tim Harikkala went into shutdown mode after that.  He allowed two hits, one walk, and no runs the rest of the way in the seven inning game.

Appleton’s offense got going in the fourth.  Russell Lehoisky, who escaped a bases loaded, one out jam in the bottom of the second with a double play, walked Jason Cook and Alex Sutherland with one out in the fourth.  Clifford made up for his error with an RBI single.  A walk to Giomar Guevara loaded the bases and brought Mike Barger, the #9 hitter in the order, to the plate.


Barger got it down and Sutherland with the tying run.

The game stayed tied to the last of the seventh.  Alex Rodriguez singled to start the inning.  David Lawson followed with a single to put runners on first and second with Cook due up next.

A-Rod went to steal third…and got caught for the first out.

Cook picked up Rodriguez with a single to score Lawson from second with the winning run!

Jason Cook, the first Walkoff Hero for the Appleton Foxes of 1994!

Jason Cook 2-for-2, 2 walks, run scores, GW RBI
Tim Harikkala 7IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K, Winning Pitcher

Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-3, BB, K, SB, CS
Raul Ibanez: DNP

Jason Cook was a 55th round pick of the Mariners in the 1993 draft.  He played 51 games for the Foxes in 1994 and repeated the Midwest League as a Timber Rattler in 1995.  Cook made it as high as AA Memphis in 1997.

Tim Harikkala made the big leagues with the Mariners in 1995 & 1996, Boston in 1999, Colorado in 2004, and Oakland in 2005 & 2007.  His last appearance in an affiliated league was when he pitched three games for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League in December of 2010.

Harikkala has kept his hand in the local game.  This link goes to the old blog and the link there goes to a dead story on The Post-Crescent website, but you get the idea.

“Pitching here is a little different from pro ball,” said Harikkala, a married man like Gassner with two children. “You’re not as locked in, not as focused and you don’t worry as much when he give up a hit. It’s a lot of fun, but my competitiveness still comes out a little too much. I’m used to baseball being a seven-day-a-week thing. I didn’t know if I could just come out and pitch on Sundays.

“But you get to the point where you’d rather be with the family. You’re gone so much when you’re playing professionally. I used to bring my family along when the kids were younger or out of school, but it was tough when they were in school. You don’t want to be packing them up and moving them around every three months.”

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1994 Foxes Home Games (#2 – April 15 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 those games between now and Opening Day, 2013.  Enjoy.

DATE: April 15
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards (Twins affiliate)
FOXES STARTER: Brett Hinchliffe
NO, SERIOUSLY: The spot for Weather in the boxscore of the second home game of the 1994 Appleton Foxes season is filled out by official scorer David Ahrens in this manner:  44° gale force winds – overcast.
TRIVIA: This game was played on April 15.  It would be completed on April 16.

Marcus Sturdivant – LF
Michael Barger – CF
Alex Rodriguez – SS
Raul Ibanez – C
Jason Cook – DH
David Lawson – RF
Brian Wallace – 3B
Giomar Guevara – 2B
Jim Clifford – 1B

Armann Brown – LF
James Motte – SS
Ryan Radmanovich – 3B
Tim Costic – DH
Grier Jones – C
Chad Rupp – 1B
Tom Knauss – RF
Ben Jones – CF
Aaron Santini – 2B

I wonder if the wind had anything to do with the two-run home run that was hit by Ryan Radmanovich in the top of the first inning.

The Foxes got to within a run in the bottom of the first inning.  If I reconstruct the inning correctly,the foxes loaded the bases with no outs on a single by Sturdivant, an error on a grounder off the bat of Barger, a passed ball, and a walk to Alex Rodriguez.  Raul Ibanez lined into a double play.  Rodriguez stole second and the throw sailed for an error to let Sturdivant score.

The teams traded runs in the third inning.  An RBI grounder by Tim Costic in the top of the third made it 3-1.  Sturdivant scored from third on a wild pitch in the bottom of the third.

The wild pitch that scored Sturdivant was thrown by reliever Javier DeJesus, who took over for Dan Perkins to start the third.

The game was halted at 8:01pm after the bottom of the fourth inning with the score still 3-2 in favor of Fort Wayne.  The game was picked up the next day.

The Wizards must have enjoyed their night in Appleton because they knocked Robin Cope for three runs when the game restarted the next day.  The first run scored on an error against Ibanez.  The next two came in on a single by Costic.

BUT! The Foxes scored four times in the bottom of the sixth against Fort Wayne reliever Brian O’Brien to tie the game 6-6.

Brian Wallace had a two-run single.  Jim Clifford hit a two-run home run with two outs to even the score.

The tie did not last.  The Wizards loaded the bases against Cope and Chad Rupp made it 7-6 with a sacrifice fly.

Fort Wayne poured it on in the top of the ninth inning.  James Motte reached on an error and that was the night for Cope.  Marty Winchester came in an gave up another home run to Radmanovich and it was 9-6.

Winchester got a strikeout, but gave up a walk and was replaced by Greg Theron.  Theron would promptly give up a two-run home run to Rupp, who had a pinch-hit, two-run, home run in the ninth inning back on the 14th.

The Foxes did not score in the bottom of the ninth and lost 11-6 for a home record of 1-1.

Jim Clifford: 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Alex Rodriguez: 0-for-3, 2 walks, stolen base
Raul Ibanez: 0-for-3, 2 walks, run scored

Jim Clifford would return and play for the Timber Rattlers in 1995.   As far as I know, Clifford is still the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the entire Seattle Mariners minor league system.
The teams combined for three hit batters, four wild pitches, and six errors in this game.
Both Fort Wayne batters who were hit by pitches left the game. Arman Brown was replaced by Jason Baker in the fifth.  Grier Jones was hit in the seventh and replaced by Scott Stricklin later in the game.

Shane Bowers pitched the final three innings, allowed one hit, and struck out three to get the save for the Wizards.

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See the tag for other posts in this series

1994 Foxes Home Games (#1 – April 14 v. Fort Wayne)

Mehring Monday has the details on what this is.

Click for the PDF of the scoresheets of the Home opener for the 1994 Appleton Foxes. AKA: The Goodland field debut of Alex Rodriguez.



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