Red Wings soared to new heights in '97 Magical year ends in title for Orioles' Triple-A team

September 20, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

It was a magical season for the Orioles' top farm club.

No matter what buttons manager Marv Foley pushed or how many key players the team lost, the Rochester Red Wings kept rolling toward its third Triple-A International League Governors' Cup championship in 10 years.

"We had a bunch of guys who knew how to play and really wanted to win," shortstop Aaron Ledesma said. He batted .325 for the Red Wings before joining the Orioles.

Added Foley: "Baseball analysts should take a look at this team. We weren't laden with talent and there were no superstars. But everyone produced."

Doug Johns, released by Triple-A Omaha, threw three shutouts BTC for Rochester. Julio Moreno, who won only one of his final nine starts at Double-A Bowie, started both clinching games in the playoffs and allowed only one earned run in 12 innings.

Almost 550,000 fans, a record for any Rochester sports franchise, came to new Frontier Field to watch the team lead its division most of the season.

The Red Wings were first in the league with a 3.93 ERA. The staff struck out a club record 1,108 and opponents hit .241.

Rochester review

Class: Triple-A

Attendance: 540,842 for 71 dates at new Frontier Field.

Record: 83-58 in regular season, winning International League East. In best-of-five series, beat Pawtucket, 3-1, and Columbus, 3-2, to win league title.

Honors and league leaders: Marv Foley, league manager of the year; OF Danny Clyburn, IL all-star team; P Nerio Rodriguez, IL strikeout leader. Top players: P Rick Krivda, P Esteban Yan, P Rodriguez and P Brian Shouse; OF Clyburn, IF Aaron Ledesma and IF Tommy Davis.

Pub Date: 9/20/97

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