Voigt helps Rochester to 6-1 victory in opener National League

April 09, 1993|By Jim Mandelaro | Jim Mandelaro,Contributing Writer

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- When he got the bad news from Orioles manager Johnny Oates in St. Petersburg, Fla., last week, Jack Voigt didn't pout.

He didn't tear up the clubhouse or take his ball and go home. Voigt packed and headed south to Sarasota to join the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings.

"Johnny called me into his office and was very honest with me," Voigt said. "He said he didn't have room to keep me, but that I'd done everything necessary to make the club. It was just a numbers thing."

Oates told Voigt he couldn't make any promises regarding a call-up to Baltimore. Voigt said he didn't want any.

"I told him, 'Just don't forget, I'll be at Triple-A. When you want me, I'll be ready.' "

Voigt looked ready yesterday. The left fielder went 3-for-5 with a home run, double, single and two runs scored as the Red Wings beat the Syracuse Chiefs, 6-1, in an International League season opener at MacArthur Stadium.

Left-hander Jamie Moyer pitched five strong innings for the win, and Anthony Telford, Pat Clements and Brad Pennington kept the Chiefs scoreless in relief before 9,003 fans. It was the fourth largest home-opening crowd in Syracuse and the largest opening crowd since 1949.

Voigt's homer to left-center off Doug Linton (0-1) in the second inning gave the Wings a 1-0 lead. Tom Quinlan scored the Chiefs' run when he homered off Moyer in the bottom of the second to tie the score.

Last year in Rochester, Voigt hit .284 with a career-high 16 home runs and 64 RBI. He was a long shot to make the Orioles this spring, and he hit only .180 during spring training. But his versatility, hustle and strong defensive play kept him in camp until the final cuts.

Voigt is a jack of all trades, and Wings manager Bob Miscik plans to use him at right, left, third, first and designated hitter.

Miscik, who moved to Rochester from Class A Frederick, improved to 138-138 in his career. He's 2-1 on Opening Day.

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