Winning streaks are rare Rochester treat Minor-league report

May 23, 1991|By Michael Wentzel | Michael Wentzel,Special to The Evening Sun

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A rainout in Indianapolis stopped one of the few winning streaks mounted recently by the Rochester Red Wings.

Of course, it was only a one-game winning streak, which was interrupted when the game against the Indians was called last night. The Wings (15-22) have won only two of their last 13 games.

"Nothing is happening right," Wings manager Greg Biagini said. "We're not getting good performances out of the bullpen. We get an occasional good performance from a starter. We're not hitting and we're definitely not hitting with men on base." The early-season record shows that the Orioles can't look to Rochester for sure-fire help in turning around their season.

* Pitcher Roy Smith stopped a Wings' eight-game losing streak Sunday against Columbus with a 3-1 win. But pitcher Chris Myers, who had his first strong performance last week, gave up seven hits and five earned runs against the Clippers Tuesday. Biagini said Myers continues to struggle with his control.

* Outfielder Chito Martinez leads the team with seven home runs. But he's been on the disabled list with a strained hamstring since May 5. He returned to the team last week but went back on the DL within 24 hours after he aggravated the hamstring.

* Outfield Luis Mercedes has shown his value to the team as a leadoff hitter by reaching base safely in each of the 29 games he has played. But the Wings sent Mercedes back to Rochester Saturday from Columbus for his failure to hustle, and possibly because of strained relations with his teammates.

The Orioles decided to dismiss Mercedes for a few days to give him time to mull over his future with the organization.

* One true sign of the Wings' troubles is that third baseman Leo Gomez has managed only one home run since the Orioles sent him down May 6.

"Leo is nowhere near where he was swinging last year," Biagini said. "He's not even showing good pitch selection. He's not controlling his weight when he swings. He hasn't been playing every day and he doesn't know how to handle the time on the bench. He's happy to be here and working."

Gomez has been taking extra batting practice.

* Pitcher Mike Mussina has returned from the disabled list with no apparent lingering effects from a sore, tight shoulder. But he hasn't won in two starts since his return.

* Baltimore native Mike Linskey continues to struggle. He has four losses and has yet to win a game this season. His ERA is 9.67. He gave up seven hits and four runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Toledo Mud Hens in his most recent appearance. He was scheduled to start against the Indianapolis Indians last night.

Biagini said Linskey is working on cutting down his motion and improving his fastball. But the results of his work are slow in coming.

* Todd Frohwirth, a 28-year-old free agent signed out of the Philadelphia Phillies system, has performed well recently as the stopper out of the bullpen. He has eight saves and a 2.00 ERA.

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