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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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1994 Foxes Home Game #23 – June 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: June 2
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
WHITECAPS STARTING PITCHER: Scott Baldwin
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ryan Smith
CONDITIONS: 65°, Sunny
ATTENDANCE: 508

In game #22, the Foxes scored two runs on an error in the bottom of the eighth inning and held on for a 4-3 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps.  Appleton is 2-1 in the first three games of the series.  They go for a series win in game #23.

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

WHITECAPS LINEUP:
Tony Banks – cf
Jason McDonald – 2b
Willie Morales – c
D. T. Cromer – 1b
Randy Ortega – 3b
David Keel – lf
Marcel Galligani – rf
Juan Dilone – dh
Fred Soriano – ss

The Foxes scored a first inning run to take a lead on West Michigan.  Manny Patel singled with one out.  Giomar Guevara was credited with a sacrifice bunt to move Patel to second.  Alex Rodriguez knocked in Patel with a single.

Ryan Smith kept the Whitecaps out of two columns on the scoreboard through his first five innings.  

Smith’s first five innings:
1st: 1-2-3 frame
2nd: One out hit batsman followed by a 6-3 double play
3rd: Leadoff walk and stolen base left stranded with next three Caps retired
4th: 1-2-3 frame
5th: One out error on a throw by Wallace followed by next two Caps retired

The Foxes added to their lead in their half of the third inning.  Rodriguez was batting with runners on the corners and one out.  That would be Barger at second and Guevara at first.  A-Rod sent a flyball to center that was deep enough to get Barger home.  Fortunately Barger scored before Guevara was thrown out trying to advance to second on the throw home.  Guevara was ruled out 8-5-4, but the run counted for a 2-0 lead.

Appleton put three runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth.  Wallace singled and stole second to get into scoring position.  He was still at second with two outs.  Jose Cuellar singled in Wallace for a 3-0 lead.  A two-out error on Randy Ortega allowed Chad Dunavan to reach base.  That error set up a two-run double by Barger and the score was 5-0.

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Fred Soriano broke up Smith’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the sixth.  The mark on the scoresheet for the hit gives the hint that it was either a bunt or a single off Smith.  The Appleton pitcher was not bothered by the play as he retired the next three batters to strand Soriano at first base.

D.T. Cromer cracked a leadoff homer in the top of the seventh to get the Whitecaps on the scoreboard.  David Keel stepped in with one out and tripled, but Smith stranded him at third to keep the Foxes up 5-1.

Dean Crow took over for Ryan Smith on the mound to start the eighth and gave up a single and a double to the first two batters of the inning.  Crow got the next two hitters before giving way to Robert Krueger.

Krueger got Cromer to ground back to the mound to end the inning.  In the ninth, Krueger retired the side in order – including strikeouts of the last two West Michigan hitters of the game for the save.

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FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Ryan Smith: 7IP, 3H, R, BB, 5K, WIN

Pitching coach Juan Eichelberger is impressed!

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Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-3, single, SF, 2RBI

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After this game in 1994, the Foxes started a brief two game road trip to Beloit on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4.  Appleton would return to Goodland Field on Sunday, June 5 for a 5pm start against Cedar Rapids.

The win moved the Foxes a record to 14-9 through their first 23 games at Goodland Field in 1994. 

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1994 Foxes Home Game #22 – June 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: June 1
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
WHITECAPS STARTING PITCHER: Matt Walsh
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ryan Franklin
CONDITIONS: Cool, 60°
ATTENDANCE: 515

In Game #21, the Foxes rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth and scored the winning run in the bottom of the tenth on a wild pitch to defeat the Whitecaps.  It’s been a close series so far and game #22 is no different.

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

WHITECAPS LINEUP:
Macel Galligani – lf
Jason McDonald – 2b
Willie Morales – c
DT Cromer – 1b
Mark Moore – dh
Tony Banks – cf
Mat Reese – rf
Vicente Francisco – 3b
Fred Soriano – ss

This would be the game the Foxes would score first.  It had not happened in the series with the Whitecaps until this point.

Delwyn Young singled and moved to second on a throwing error by catcher Willie Morales.  Scott Smith was next and he doubled to drive in Young.  Then, Smith stole third and Vicente Francisco missed the throw for an error.  Smith scored on the play for a 2-0 lead.

Ryan Franklin kept the Caps off the scoreboard until the fourth.  DT Cromer started the inning with a single.  Mark Moore walked.  Tony Banks drove in Cromer with a double.  Mat Reese drove in Moore with a grounder to first to tie the game 2-2.

West Michigan went in front in the fifth.  Morales singled with one out and went to second on a single by Cromer. Franklin got the second out with a strikeout.  Banks singled to right and Smith was charged with an error on the play – bobbled the grounder, missed the grounder, something the grounder.  That error let Morales score and the Whitecaps to take a 3-2 lead.

Neither starting pitcher gave up another run and we fast forward to one out in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Foxes down 3-2.

Brian Wallace pinch-hit for James Clifford against Jason Rajotte and drew a walk.  Mike Barger was next and he singled.  A grounder by Manny Patel moved both runners into scoring position and brought Alex Rodriguez to the plate.  The Whitecaps intentionally walked A-Rod.  Raul Ibanez was next with the game on the line.
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He sent a grounder to short and Fred Soriano threw the ball away!  Two runs score and the Foxes are up 4-3!

Since Ibanez was not given an RBI on the play, I am going to conclude that Soriano was throwing the ball to the plate to cut down the tying run there.

MANTEI SAVES!
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Matt Mantei relieved Franklin for the top of the ninth inning.  There was a one out walk to Soriano, the #9 hitter for the Whitecaps.  Then, there was a stolen base and a wild pitch that put Soriano on third base as the tying run.  But, a strikeout and a grounder to second ended the game with the Foxes wining 4-3.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Ryan Franklin: 8IP, 7H, 3R, 2BB, 4K

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NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 0-for-3, walk
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4
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Sloppy game.  There were six errors committed in this contest.  Three by each team.  I wonder if the 60° weather for June 1 had anything to do with it.

The win moved the Foxes record to 13-9 through the first 22 games at Goodland Field in 1994.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #21 – May 31

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 31
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
WHITECAPS STARTING PITCHER: Tim Kubinski
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Tim Harikkala
CONDITIONS: Clear, 75°
ATTENDANCE: 495

In game #20, the West Michigan jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held off the Foxes for a 4-3 victory.  In game #21, Appleton and West Michigan play another close game.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Scott Smith – 2b
Alex Sutherland – c
Brian Wallace – 3b
Chad Dunavan – rf
Jose Cuellar – dh

WHITECAPS LINEUP:
Juan Dilone – 3b
Jason McDonald – 2b
DT Cromer – 1b
Mark Moore – dh
David Keel – lf
Willie Morales – c
Tony Banks – cf
Mat Reese – rf
Vicente Francisco – ss

Both starting pitchers had to work around early trouble to keep the game scoreless.  Harikkala got Cromer to ground into an inning-ending double play in the first and worked around a hit batsman, a fielder’s choice, a single, and an error in the second.

Kubinski gave up back-to-back one out singles to Marcus Sturdivant and Giomar Guevara in the first only to strikeout Alex Rodriguez and Scott Smith to get out of the inning.

In the second, Brian Wallace reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to third on a pair of balks by Kubinski.  In the third, Sturdivant reached on a fielder’s choice and took second on the third Kubinski walk of the game.  But, a lineout by Guevara and a strikeout by Rodriguez kept the game scoreless.

Harikkala cracked in the fourth.  Mark Moore reached with one out on an error by Brian Wallace.  David Keel was next and the scoresheet notes that he was retired on a DEEP FLY to center.  Then, Willie Morales hit a DEEP FLY to left, but this one left the park for a two-run homer and a 2-0 West Michigan lead.

That homer seemed to perk up Harikkala.  He wouldn’t give up another hit and strikeout seven over his last 4-1/3 innings.  He finished the game with ten K’s.  That included striking out the side in order in the top of the eighth.

Appleton would break through against Kubinski in the sixth.  Guevara doubled to start the inning.  A-Rod doubled to drive in Guevara.  Rodriguez would steal third base, but was left there with the tying run as Kubinski retired the next two batters and Zack Sawyer got the last out of the frame.
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The game was still 2-1 West Michigan heading to the bottom of the ninth.

Manny Patel pinch-hit for Wallace and doubled to start the Appleton ninth against West Michigan reliever Ryan Whitaker.  Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for Chad Dunavan and moved Patel to third with a grounder to second.  Delwyn Young pinch-hit for Jose Cuellar and drew a walk.  Mike Barger knocked in Patel with a fielder’s choice.

The scoresheet does not mention where Barger’s grounder went, but no our was recorded on the play.  Patel must have beat the throw to the plate.

The Foxes had a chance to end the game in regulation.  Sturdivant grounded out to move both runners up a base.  Giomar Guevara drew a walk and the bases were loaded for A-Rod!  He grounded into a force play at second and the game went to extra innings.

Robert Krueger, who came in for the Foxes to pitch the top of the ninth, pitched a perfect top of the tenth.

Scott Smith started the Foxes tenth with a walk.  Alex Sutherland bunted Smith over to second.  But, Patel lined out to short for the second out.

The Whitecaps intentionally walked Ibanez to get to Delwyn Young.  They unintentionally walked Young to load the bases and give Barger a chance to end the game.
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Barger didn’t need to take the bat off his shoulder.  Whitaker uncorked a wild pitch and Smith scored the run to give the Foxes a 3-2 win in ten innings.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Tim Harikkala: 8IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 10K, No Decision
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NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, BB, 2K
Raul Ibanez: 0-for-0, 2 walks
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Ryan Whitaker walked five and allowed one hit in 1-2/3 innings to take the loss.

The win moved the Foxes home record to 12-9 through the first 21 games at Goodland Field in 1994.  They were 3-1 in four extra innings games at Goodland.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #20 – May 30

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 30
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
WHITECAPS STARTING PITCHER: Christian Michalak
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brett Hinchliffe
CONDITIONS: 82°, Cloudy, Wind to Left
ATTENDANCE: 673
94hinchliffeIn game 19, the Foxes lost 8-6 in ten innings to the Rockford Royals.  In game 20, they welcome the West Michigan Whitecaps to Goodland Field for the first time.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – dh
Brian Wallace – 3b
Scott Smith – 1b
Alex Sutherland – c
Chad Dunavan – rf
Marcus Sturdivant – lf

WHITECAPS LINEUP:
Juan Dilone – 3b
Jason McDonald – 2b
DT Cromer – 1b
Mark Moore – dh
David Keel – lf
Randy Ortega – c
Tony Banks – cf
Mat Reese – rf
Vincent Franciosa – ss

This game did start well for the Foxes.

Hinchliffe allowed a single to the first two batters of the game.  DT Cromer was next and he doubled both runners in for a 2-0 lead.  There was an error on the throw to the plate to allow Cromer to take third base.  Mark Moore grounded out to short to knock in Cromer and the Whitecaps were up 3-0 four batters into the game.

All Christian Michalak did was retire the Foxes in order in the first two innings.

West Michigan made it 4-0 in the third inning.  Jason McDonald singled with one out.  Cromer followed with an RBI triple.

Look!  Alex Sutherland singled to start the bottom of the third.  Look! Michalak picked him off first base for the second out of  the third.  LOOK! Marcus Sturdivant doubled with two outs. LOOK OUT! Michalak picked Sturdivant off second base to end the inning.

Appleton would get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth.  Alex Rodriguez hit a two-out solo home run.
arod94The Whitecaps gave the Foxes some help in the fifth.  Scott Smith walked with one out.  Alex Sutherland singled to right and Mat Reese missed the grounder.  Smith scored and Sutherland wound up at third base.  Chad Dunavan rapped a single to center and Appleton was down 4-3.
94dunavanHinchliffe didn’t allow a hit in the sixth, seventh, or eighth innings as the Foxes tried to tie the game.

A-Rod singled to start the bottom of the sixth, but was erased on a fielder’s choice.  Then, Michalak pitched a 1-2-3 seventh before turning the game over to the Whitecaps bullpen.

The eighth was interesting.

Manny Patel walked with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch by Jason Rajette.  Rodriguez was intentionally walked.  But, Raul Ibanez and Brian Wallace both struck out to end the inning.

In the ninth, Smith drew a leadoff walk against Steve Zongor.  Sutherland sacrificed Smith to second base.  A wild pitch sent Smith to third with the tying run.  But, Zongor struck out Dunavan and pinch-hitter Delwyn Young to end the game as a 4-3 West Michigan win.

How do you think Carlos Lezcano took that loss?
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FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-3, run, HR, BB, RBI

NOTES:
Raul Ibanez: 0-for-4

The Whitecaps were the Madison Muskies from 1982 through 1993 before moving to Grand Rapids (Comstock Park), Michigan.

Former Brewers pitcher Jim Colburn was the manager of the Whitecaps in 1994.

West Michigan was an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics in 1994.  They did not become a Detroit Tigers affiliate until the 1997 season.

The loss dropped the Foxes home record to 11-9 through their first 20 games at Goodland Field during the 1994 season.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #19 – May 29

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 29
OPPONENT: Rockford Royals
SILVER HAWKS TARTING PITCHER: Kevin Rawitzer
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ivan Montane
CONDITIONS: Muggy, 81°
ATTENDANCE: 1,328
montane94In game #18, the Royals pulled away for a 10-3 victory.  The Foxes try to bounce back in this game at Goodland Field.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Brian Wallace – 3b
Chad Dunavan – rf
Alex Sutherland – c
Scott Smith – lf
Jose Cuellar – dh
James Clifford – 1b

ROYALS LINEUP:
Jeremy Carr – 2b
Luke Oglesby – cf
Carlos Mendez – c
Braxton Hickman – 1b
Mike Evans – dh
Oscar Jimenez – rf
Lino Diaz – 3b
Jimmie Byington – lf
Carlos Subero – ss

Ivan Montane retired the first two batters he faced in the top of the second inning of a scoreless game.  But, Lino Diaz singled and Jimmy Byington followed with an RBI double to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.

The Foxes came back in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Chad Dunavan singled and moved to second on a walk to Scott Smith.  Both runners advanced on a passed ball.  Then, Jose Cuellar drove in Dunavan with a sacrifice fly to tie the game 1-1.
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In the fifth, Manny Patel singled with one out.  Alex Rodriguez was next and he blasted a two-run homer for a 3-1 lead.
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Appleton added to their lead in the sixth inning against reliever Neil Atkinson.  Cuellar walked and James Clifford was hit by a pitch with one out.  Patel stepped to the plate with two outs and runners on first and second.  Patel tripled to drive in both runs for a 5-1 lead.

Montane stumbled in the top of the seventh.  Mike Evans hit a leadoff homer.  Diaz doubled with one out.  Carlos Subero singled with two outs to knock in Diaz.

In the eighth, Montane let the Royals tie the game.  He walked Luke Oglesby to start the inning, but retired the next two batters.  Evan stepped up and knocked his second home run of the game out of the park.  The two-run homer evened the game 5-5.

Appleton had a great opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the ninth against Ryan Towns.  Mike Barger and Manny Patel singled to start the inning.  A-Rod was next…and he grounded out to first.  The play did move both runners into scoring position.  Brian Wallace was walked to load the bases.  BUT, Dunavan and Sutherland both struck out to send the game to extra innings.

Dean Crow, who worked a scoreless top of the ninth got into trouble right away in the top of the tenth.  Singles by Mendez and Braxton Hickman brought Evans back to the plate.  Evans doubled to drive in the go ahead run for Rockford.  Oscar Jimenez came through with a sacrifice fly for a 7-5 lead.  Crow walked Diaz and Matt Mantei came on to get the last two outs of the tenth.

Unfortunately, one of the outs was a sacrifice fly by Byington to make it 8-5.

Appleton did get a run in the bottom of the tenth.  Delwyn Young hit a pinch-hit solo homer with one out.  Clifford followed with a double, but Nevin Brewer got the last two outs of the game to send the Foxes to their second straight home loss.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Manny Patel: 4-for-6, triple, run, 2RBI
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Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-5, run, HR, 2RBI
Sal Fasano: defensive replacement

As noted in a recap of an earlier Foxes-Royals game, Sal Fasano and Carlos Subero would become MWL managers.  Subero with Clinton and Fasano with Lansing.

The loss dropped the Foxes record to 11-8 through their first 19 home games of the 1994 season.

This feature returns on Friday with a look at the first visit to Appleton by the West Michigan Whitecaps, a game that occurred on May 30, 1994.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #18 – May 28

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 28
OPPONENT: Rockford Royals
SILVER HAWKS TARTING PITCHER: Kenny Fitzpatrick
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brian Doughty
CONDITIONS: Partly Cloudy, 79°
ATTENDANCE: 2,587
94doughtyIn game #17, the Foxes rolled against the South Bend Silver Hawks behind the pitching of Ryan Franklin.  In game 18, Appleton returns home after a six game road trip to face the Royals.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – c
Delwyn Young – dh
Brian Wallace – 3b
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Chad Dunavan – rf
James Clifford – 1b

ROYALS LINEUP:
Jeremy Carr – 2b
Eric Walls – cf
Braxton Hickman – 1b
Sal Fasano – c
Mike Evans – dh
Oscar Jimenez – rf
Eduardo Cedeno – 3b
Carlos Subero – ss
O.J. Rhone – lf

The Royals struck first.  Foxes starting pitcher Brian Doughty walked Jeremy Carr to start the game.  Carr stole second and third.  Braxton Hickman drove in Carr with a single.

The Foxes had trouble breaking through against Kenny Fitzpatrick, the Rockford starter.  They would have put a runner on in three of the first four innings, but those runners all reached with two outs.  Delwyn Young had one of those two-out hits, a double in the fourth inning, for his first Goodland Field hit.  

Doughty had settled in and kept the score at 1-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth. 

Marcus Sturdivant singled to start the Foxes fifth.  James Clifford drew a walk with one out.  Mike Barger followed with a double to right to drive in Sturdivant.  BUT, Clifford was out 9-2-5 at third base for the second out.  Fitzpatrick retired Patel for the final out of the fifth.
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Doughty got into trouble in the top of the sixth when he walked Carr to start the inning.  Hickman stepped to the plate with one out and launched a homer to right-center to put the Royals up 3-1.  Sal Fasano drew a walk and that was it for Doughty.

Robert Krueger took over for Doughtry and gave up a two-run homer to right to Mike Evans and Rockford was up 5-1.

The Royals expanded their lead in the seventh inning when Krueger hit Eric Walls with a pitch and Hickman doubled to right-center for another RBI – his fourth of the game – and a 6-1 advantage.

Fitzpatrick gave way for Glendon Rusch in the bottom of the seventh.  Appleton got to Rusch for a run on consecutive singles by Dunavan and Clifford to put runners on the corners and a sacrifice fly by Barger.

But, Marty Winchester gave up two runs in the top of the eighth.  Evans doubled.  Oscar Jimenez drove in Evans with a single. One out later, Carlos Subero – future Clinton LumberKings manager – knocked in Jimenez with a single for an 8-2 lead.

In the eighth, Raul Ibanez doubled to start the inning.  He scored on a two-out double by Sturdivant.
ibanez94Robin Cope came on to pitch the top of the ninth, but he gave up two more runs.  Hickman singled – his fourth hit of the game – and Fasano singled.  Then, pinch hitter Carlos Mendez doubled in the first tally of the frame.  Then, a fielder’s choice by Eduardo Cedeno got Fasano across the plate for a 10-2 score.

Clifford doubled to start the bottom of the ninth, but Rusch retired the next three batters to end the game.  A strike out of A-Rod was the final out.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Marcus Sturdivant: 2-for-3, double, walk, run, RBI
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NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-4, walk, 2K
Raul Ibanez: 2-for-4, double, run
Sal Fasano: 1-for-4, walk, K, 2 runs
Glenson Rusch: 3IP, 5H, 2R, 0BB, 2K, SAVE

Delwyn Young was 30 years old and had been out of affiliated baseball since 1990 when he played for the Foxes in 1994.  Young had been a 3rd round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 1981 and had played in the Midwest League with the Cedar Rapids Reds - along with some big names in Reds baseball (Chris Sabo and  Kal Daniels) in 1983.  Young returned to the MWL in 1987 with the Burlington Expos.  He made it as high up as Triple A with the Toledo Mudhens, a Detroit affiliate, in 1988 and 1989.

The Delwyn Young who played 14 games for the Foxes in 1994 is not to be confused with the Delwyn Young who played for the Dodgers and Pirates from 2006 through 2010.

The loss dropped the Foxes home record to 11-7 through their first 18 home games of the 1994 season.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #17 – May 21

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 21
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
SILVER HAWKS TARTING PITCHER: Scott Eyre
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ryan Franklin
CONDITIONS: Hot, 84°
ATTENDANCE: 3,196

In Game 16, the Foxes received strong pitching from Tim Harikkala and Matt Mantei to beat the Silver Hawks.  The biggest crowd of the 1994 season (to date) is on hand for Game 17 on a beautiful Saturday night at Goodland Field.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Scott Smith – lf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – 1b
Brian Wallace – 3b
Alex Sutherland – c
Chad Dunavan – rf
Jose Cuellar – dh

SILVER HAWKS LINEUP:
Byron Matthews – cf
Jason Evans – lf
Frank Menechino – 2b
Julio Vinas – c
Greg Norton – dh
Andre Newhouse – rf
Juan Thomas – 1b
Jimmy Reyes – 3b
Wil Polidor – ss

The Silver Hawks started the game with single runs in both the first and second innings.  Byron Matthews doubled to start the game and he would score on a sacrifice fly by Julio Vinas.  In the second, Andre Newhouse doubled to start the second, went to third on a grounder, and scored on a play at the plate when catcher Alex Sutherland dropped a throw.

The Foxes rallied in the bottom of the second inning with a pair of runs off Scott Eyre.  Raul Ibanez singled with one out and Sutherland walked with two out.  Chad Dunavan, who had homered in each of the last two home games, would double to drive in two runs to even the game.
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Appleton took their first lead of the game in the fourth.  Alex Rodriguez doubled to start the inning.  Ibanez followed with an RBI double.  Brian Wallace made it 4-2 with an RBI single.  Later in the inning, Jose Cuellar singled to drive in Wallace for a 5-2 lead.
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Franklin gave up a run in the top of the sixth.  Greg Norton singled to start the inning.  He was still at first with two outs.  Then, Jimmy Reyes tripled and the Foxes were up 5-3.

Franklin went back out for the seventh inning and Matthews reached on an error by Ibanez.  Matthews tried to steal second and was thrown out by Sutherland.  Evans would walk, but Franklin got out of the inning by getting Menechino to ground into a 5-4-3 double play.

Robert Krueger came on in relief of Franklin for the eighth and had three strikeouts and a walk.  But, he ran into trouble in the ninth.
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Wil Polidor reached with one out after an error on Rodriguez.  Matthews singled and Evans walked and Krueger was out of the game in favor of Dean Crow.

Crow got Menechino to ground into a force play at third for the second out, but Polidor scored to cut the Foxes lead to a run.

Crow would throw a wild pitch to put the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second.  He would escape by getting Vinas to ground out to third for the final out and a 5-4 Foxes victory.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Ryan Franklin: 7IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, WIN
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NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-4, 2B, RUN, Error
Raul Ibanez: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RUNS, Error
Scott Eyre: 3.2IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, Loss

Appleton won the game despite committing five errors.  Rodriguez, Ibanez, Franklin, Wallace, and Sutherland were all charged with errors.

The Foxes are 11-6 in the first 17 home games of the 1994 season.

After this game, Appleton hit the road for four games at Kane County and two games at Rockford.  Game #18 will be up tomorrow.  It is a May 28 tilt with the Rockford Cubbies returning to Goodland Field.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #16 – May 20

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 20
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
SILVER HAWKS TARTING PITCHER: Andy McCormack
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Tim Harikkala
CONDITIONS: Light Breeze, 81°
ATTENDANCE: 1,827
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In game #15, Brett Hinchcliffe pitched eight strong innings and Chad Dunavan hit a two-run homer to help the Foxes beat South Bend 3-2 in 1:57.  Would the pitching continue to dominate as the temperatures reached above the 80-degree mark for the first time in the 1994 season?  READ ON!

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Scott Smith – lf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – dh
Brian Wallace – 3b
Alex Sutherland – c
Chad Dunavan – rf
Jim Clifford – 1b

SILVER HAWKS LINEUP:
Sandy McKinnon – lf
Jason Evans – rf
Frank Menechino – 2b
Julio Vinas – c
Greg Norton – 3b
Bob Mumma – 1b
Juan Thomas – dh
Byron Matthews – cf
Wil Polidor – ss

Tim Harikkala would set down the Silver Hawks in order in the first, second, and third innings.

Oh, look! It’s Chad Dunavan with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the third.  Second homer in as many days for Dunavan and the Foxes are up 1-0.
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Harikkala got the first two outs of the fourth, but issued a walk to Frank Menechino before getting Julio Vinas to fly out to end the inning.

The Foxes struck again in the bottom of the fourth.  Alex Rodriguez singled and went to second on an errant pickoff attempt.  Raul Ibanez singled to center to drive in A-Rod.  Later in the inning, a two-out single by Alex Sutherland knocked in Ibanez from second base and Appleton was up 3-0.
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Harikkala walked Greg Norton to start the fifth inning.  Norton stole second and scored on a single by Bob Mumma.  The single by Mumma was the first hit of the game off Harikkala.  Mumma also wound up at second on the throw to the plate.  That didn’t help him.  Harikkala picked Mumma off second for the first out of the inning and retired the next two batters to get  out of the fifth with a 3-1 lead. 

After a 1-2-3 sixth, Harikkala worked around one out singles by Vinas and Norton in the seventh to keep the lead at two runs.  He worked a 1-2-3 eighth and turned the game over to Matt Mantei to start the ninth.

Before getting to the top of the ninth, a quick retrospective of the Foxes offense after the fourth inning: 

  • Guevara walked with two outs in the fifth
  • Sutherland singles with two outs in the sixth
  • Barger reached on an error and Scott Smith was hit by a pitch in the seventh
  • Brian Wallace singled with two outs in the eighth

Got it?  Good.

Mantei allowed a single to Jason Evans to start the top of the ninth.  But, Menenchino grounded into a force out at second base.  Vinas popped out to Wallace in foul territory at third.  Norton flew out to Barger in center and the Foxes won their second straight home game.

MANTEI SAVES!
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FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Tim Harikkala: 8IP, 3H, R, 2BB, 2K, WIN

NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-4, RUN
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4, RUN, RBI
Frank Menechino: 0-for-3, WALK
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This game started at 7:05pm and ended at 9:06pm.  A very snappy 2:01 for the time of game.

Andy McCormack was the second straight South Bend starting pitcher to go deep in a game, but lose.  He went seven innings, allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out eight Foxes, but took the loss.

The Foxes are 10-6 through their first sixteen home games of the 1994 season after this win over the Hawks.

Back with home game #17 on Friday with a starting pitching matchup of Ryan Franklin for the Foxes against Scott Eyre for the Silver Hawks.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #15 – May 19

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 19
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
SILVER HAWKS TARTING PITCHER: Brian Woods
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brett Hinchcliffe
CONDITIONS: Clear, 75°
ATTENDANCE: 748

In game #14, the Foxes lost their second straight home game.  It was also the second straight home game in which they had allowed more than ten runs.  Brett Hinchcliffe was on the hill to take on the role of stopper.  Would he do it?  Read on!

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

SILVER HAWKS LINEUP:
Sandy McKinnon – lf
Jason Evans – dh
Frank Menechino – 2b
Julio Vinas – c
Greg Norton – 3b
Nilson Robledo – 1b
Shawn Buchanan – rf
Byron Matthews – cf
Wil Polidor – ss

The highlight of the first two innings was Brett Hinchcliffe striking out the side in order in the top of the second.
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But, in the third, the Silver Hawks scored twice.  A double by Wil Polidor and an infield single by Sandy McKinnon put runners on the corners.  McKinnon stole second.  Then, an RBI grounder by Jason Evans scored Polidor while McKinnon stayed put at second.

McKinnon would steal third and score on a triple by Frank Menechino for a 2-0 South Bend lead.

The Foxes answered in the bottom of the third.  Giomar Guevara drew a leadoff walk.  Chad Dunavan followed with a home run to center to tie the game 2-2.
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Alex Rodriguez started the fourth inning with a double.  Raul Ibanez moved Rodriguez to third with a fly ball to center.  Brian Wallace gave the Foxes the lead with a double to drive in A-Rod.

94wallaceHinchliffe allowed two base runners after the Foxes took the lead.  Neither of those runners made it past first.  He struck out seven, walked none, and allowed six hits in eight innings.

The Foxes did have three base runners against South Bend starter Brian Woods the rest of the game, only one reached second.  That would have been James Clifford, who doubled with one out in the eighth.

Matt Mantei came on in the top of ninth inning and struck out the first two batters before getting Julio Vinas to fly out to Dunavan in right field to end the game.
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FOXES PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
Chad Dunavan: 2-for-3, HR, single, RUN, 2RBI
Brett Hinchcliffe: 8IP, 6H, 2R, 0BB, 7K, WIN

NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-3, 2B, RUN
Raul Ibanez: 0-for-3
Frank Menechino: 3-for-4, 2B, two singles, RBI

This game started at 6:35pm.  It was over at 8:32pm.  Just one hour and fifty-seven minutes on a warm May evening at Goodland Field.

The win moved the Foxes’ home record to 9-6 through 15 games.

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