Of late, Rochester's Myers making fewer early exits
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- If his past three starts are any indication, Chris Myers is beginning to hang around his games longer and be an active participant in their outcome.
Myers pitched into the ninth inning Sunday in a 4-1 victory ovethe Syracuse Chiefs, his longest of eight Class AAA starts. The left-hander pitched six and seven innings in his previous two, making the times he couldn't get out of the second inning a distant memory.
"If I can get through the sixth or seventh inning, giving up threruns or under, I'm doing OK," he said. "That gives the team a chance to win." The Red Wings had lost two of his three no-decisions.
tTC "I tried to get myself to be consistent," Myers, 22, said. "The bithing is getting ahead. Even if I don't throw a first-pitch strike, I can come back and make a good pitch."
* Mike Linskey won his first game of the season, and possibly himanager's confidence, with his seven-inning performance in Monday's 11-1 victory over the Louisville Redbirds.
"You feel like you have to win some people's confidence back,Linskey said.
OC Manager Greg Biagini didn't disagree. "He was pressing," Biaginisaid. "You can't get anything accomplished when you're pressing."
Linskey has allowed 58 hits in 32 2/3 innings after giving up eighin seven innings to the Redbirds.
"I feel I have to prove myself to Biagini, with the amount of hitand runs I've given up, to leave me in a situation when I don't have a lot of runs," Linskey said.
* Luis Mercedes returned from a 13-game hiatus to collect single and extend his hitting streak to eight games. Mercedes, dismissed from the team May 18 in Toledo, Ohio, rejoined the Red Wings on Saturday in Rochester. He didn't get back into the lineup until Tuesday against Louisville.
After his meeting with the Orioles, Mercedes said, he was told tgo back to the Red Wings and concentrate on his job.
"I come ready to play baseball and forget about the past," hsaid. "I try to do my job for the team."
MISCELLANEOUS: OF Chito Martinez, who has been on the DL with a hamstring problem since May 5, except for 2 days, returned to the active roster Tuesday night. He took Todd Frohwirth's spot on the 23-man roster. . . . The Red Wings turned 5 double plays in a 7-inning game against Syracuse to back Israel Sanchez's 7-0, complete-game victory in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader. Sanchez started 2 of them on drives back to the box. . . . OF Scott Meadows hit 3 doubles in that game. . . . Oddibe McDowell hit his first 2 HRs of the season in successive games. McDowell has a 6-game hitting streak that has raised his average from .202 to .238. . . . Stacy Jones struck out 4, walked 1 and gave up 2 hits in his 2-inning Class AAA debut Monday.
Former major-league pitcher Chris Codiroli is the latest to join the Class AA Suns roster.
Codiroli, 33, went two innings against the New Britain Red Sox in his first outing, allowing one hit and striking out three.
He replaces reliever Stacy Jones on the roster. Jones was promoted to Rochester after posting a 1.78 ERA for the Suns.
* MISCELLANEOUS: The Suns have lost 4 in a row and 5 of 6 on the road, but Ken Shamburg continues to hit. The first baseman is batting .359 in the past 10 games, and his 16 doubles lead the Eastern League. Overall, the team is 10-19 away from home and 12-5 at Municipal Stadium. . . . Doug Robbins has assumed
most of the catching duties and sports a .360 average in 28 games. He has a .515 on-base percentage. . . . Arthur Rhodes remains on the DL with stiffness in his left (pitching) shoulder. He has not started since May 8. . . . Shortstop Ricky Gutierrez has commited 6 errors in the past 7 games. . . . Hagerstown has outscored the opposition, 208-163, but is last in the league with 8 homers in 46 games.
One of the bright spots in the Keys' mediocre season has been the play of shortstop Manny Alexander.
Alexander is hitting .286, leads the Class A Carolina League wit 18 stolen bases and is flourishing in the field despite 11 errors.
Still, his errors contribute to a total of 62 by the team in only 4 games. Of the 189 runs scored against the Keys, 44 are unearned.
* * MISCELLANEOUS: Since May 4, Frederick has dropped 16 of 25 games and is 11-17 overall this month. . . . Damon Buford, who hit .393 at Class A Wausau last year, has dipped to .290 after a hot start at Frederick. . . . Steve Culkar, who joined the club from Hagerstown last week, decreased his ERA from 10.80 to 5.19 with a 4-inning outing. . . . Saturday's attendance, 7,332, was the team's highest of the year, beating by 65 fans the total of May 4. . . . Pitchers Erik Schullstrom and Mark Carper and infielder Keith Kessinger remain on the DL.