Gomez finds his way back to Rochester, comfortable with 0) playing there for a while
Leo Gomez, who has just two hits, both doubles, in his first 19 at-bats with the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings, is prepared to settle in for the long haul.
"I'm happy here," said Gomez, who was sent down May 6 by the Baltimore Orioles. "I understand what they [the Orioles] tell me. They say, 'Do your job. We'll call you pretty soon.' That could be one week, one month, six months. I'm here now. I don't think about Baltimore. Mentally, my job is here."
The only problem was getting there.
He was scheduled to be in the lineup last Thursday, but he didn't arrive in Rochester, N.Y., until after the game against the Columbus Clippers had started because he got lost in Harrisburg, Pa., and Williamsport, Pa., while driving up.
* Mike Mussina struck out eight and didn't walk any in his first start after being on the disabled list because of a pulled muscle on the right side of his back.
"It has to be a boost for him," manager Greg Biagini said. "You want to see there are no side effects from the injury." The right-hander gave up eight hits and four runs (three earned) in 4 1/3 innings of a 7-3 loss to the Toledo Mud Hens.
MISCELLANEOUS: Left-handed reliever Israel Sanchez went from a 0.75 ERA after seven outings to a 3.77 ERA after 9 appearances. The entire bullpen has been a trouble spot in the Red Wings' 13-17 season. The relievers are 3-7 with a 6.50 ERA. Todd Frohwirth, who led the league with 6 saves, received the 2-1 loss Tuesday to Syracuse when he gave up 2 runs in the ninth inning. . . . The Red Wings were 8-for-69 with runners in scoring position in their previous 7 games, 4 of which they lost by a total of 15 runs. . . . OF Chito Martinez (hamstring) was activated from the DL for tonight's game in Toledo. P Joel McKeon was returned to Hagerstown.
MISCELLANEOUS: Tony Beasley, who became the team's all-time leader in triples (8), has missed several games while attending to an illness in the family. . . . IF Keith Kessinger has rejoined the team and is rehabilitating from a stress fracture in his leg. The Keys are second in the league to Durham in attendance, averaging nearly 3,200.
The Suns received a complete game from Mike Oquist Tuesday night, their first in 32 games. The longest stint by their starters was seven innings, done six times, including twice by Arthur Rhodes.
The bullpen had taken up the slack until recently with a 1.83 ERA during 88 2/3 innings. Then, in two games, it allowed six earned runs in four innings.
MISCELLANEOUS: Reliever Jeff Williams was promoted to the Suns from Class A Frederick, for which he was 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 6 saves in 12 games. He replaced Rhodes on the roster. . . . Utility man Bobby Dickerson is back from Rochester, where he filled in for a week. . . . The Suns grounded into 31 double plays in their first 31 games. SS Ricky Gutierrez is hitting under .200 but leads the Eastern League in walks (32). Pat Austin, who hit .301 at Hagerstown last year, signed with Reading after being released.