Bad outing aside, Telford is satisfied with second-half...

Orioles minor-league notebook

August 09, 1992|By Patti Singer Suns' Meadows bucks trend HAGERSTOWN

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bad outing aside, Telford is satisfied with second-half results 0) for Red Wings

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Not that Anthony Telford believes in revisionist history, but if he hadn't given up 11 runs to the Toledo Mud Hens on June 10, no one would ask him how much he thinks he has improved in the second half of the season.

"The last month and a half, I've been pitching to mexpectations," Telford said. "I've been going at least into the ninth."

Telford leads the Rochester Red Wings with 23 starts and hamore innings (151) than all but one of the 10 pitchers who've qualified for the ERA leaders.

Telford might be among them, if not for those 11 runs in fivinnings against the Mud Hens.

That game bloated his ERA to 5.35, and it has taken him 1games to trim it to 4.21.

"If I didn't give up eight of those 11, my ERA would be in the lothrees," he said.

Telford has won his past three decisions. His seven no-decisionare the most of his six-year career. He had five straight no-decisions in May and June, with no game decided by more than two runs.

"The way this game is being played, there are specialists in thbullpen," Telford said. "You have to use them in certain spots."

The Orioles' using him in certain spots isn't an issue for TelfordRichie Lewis went up twice, and Arthur Rhodes appears to be an Oriole for good. "That hasn't bothered me a bit," Telford said. "I've gone out and tried to do better when all the moves are made."

* Bob Milacki is still paying rent on his Baltimore town house, buit's the Orioles who need to find a place for him.

"They probably won't make any moves until September," Milacksaid.

He has seen clubs make room for players they really wantedwhich leads him to believe the Orioles still want him in Rochester.

"You never know what they're thinking," he said.

Milacki said he has been working on his breaking ball and hiconsistency in the strike zone. He has allowed 37 hits (four

homers), 17 strikeouts and nine walks in 35 in

nings. Despite the high hit total, he has gone 4-0 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts.

* Manager Jerry Narron moved Damon Buford into the No. 1 spoin the batting order, dropping Luis Mercedes to No. 2. Narron had started Buford batting ninth, but since the 22-year-old center fielder hasn't stopped hitting or stealing in his 14 starts, the manager kept moving him up in the order.

Buford has hit in 12 straight games, and 13 of his 14 starts. He i9-for-9 in stolen base attempts.

Mercedes has not gone more than a game without a hit sincJuly 4, 6 and 7, when he went 0-for-11. Since then, he is 49-for-121 to raise his average 50 points and put him second in the league at .314.

"You like a No. 2 hitter that will take strikes and is a very gootwo strike hitter, can put the ball in play and can go to the right side," Narron said. "I think at this point in their careers, Luis is more suited to that than Damon."

Mercedes was tied for first in steals with 29. The Red Wingranked second in number of steals with 108, but first in success ratio at 71 percent.

MISCELLANEOUS: Both Tommy Shields and Jack Voigt returnefrom their brief stays with the Orioles to make bids for consideration for September call-ups. Shields went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in a victory over Richmond in his first game back, and followed the performance by going 3-for-6 with two homers in a doubleheader sweep over Tidewater on his second night. Voigt was back with the Red Wings the day after being optioned, and he contributed his 15th homer of the season in a 3-1 loss Thursday to Tidewater. . . . Left-hander John O'Donoghue improved to 4-1 with a seven-inning, complete-game shutout over Tidewater in the second game of a doubleheader. It marked his third complete game in five starts. . . . Doug Jennings was named International League Player of the Week last week, after collecting two five-hit games and going 12-for-24 for the week. . . . Lewis struck out his season-high 12 batters to join the league strikeout leaders with 125. Columbus' Sam Militello, called up Friday by the New York Yankees, leads with 152. The right-hander pitched his fifth complete game in 18 starts, a 3-1 loss to Tidewater on Thursday. HAGERSTOWN -- Many players leave the game or slump badly when their pro careers take a backward step, but not Scott Meadows.

After being demoted from the Red Wings a month ago, Meadows has hit .311 for the Double-A Hagerstown Suns and he recently went on a seven-game tear where he batted .500.

Included in that streak was a five-hit effort against Harrisburg in the longest game the Double-A Suns have ever played, a 14-inning affair that lasted 4 hours, 27 minutes. The Suns won, 3-2.

Only two other players, Luis Mercedes (1990) and Rodney Lofton (1991), have had a five-hit game for the Eastern League team.

Meadows, who owns the Double-A Suns' record with a 24-game hitting streak, is currently playing center field, a position vacated when Damon Buford went up to the Red Wings.

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