Minor-league managers call it a part of baseball at this level -- losing players to the parent club. But the Orioles, trying to patch up their roster after a run of injuries, have tested the strength of their minor-league system recently.
The pitching staff has suffered the biggest hit. The Orioles have taken seven pitchers from Rochester, which has had 22 pitchers this season.
"You've got to roll with the punches," Rochester manager Marv Foley said. "It's a credit to Rochester that they are taking from us, rather than dealing to other organizations. It's a feather in our caps."
The Double-A Bowie Baysox also have had to juggle their roster, making more than 50 moves.
"What it does is gives those looking for an opportunity, an opportunity," Baysox manager Bob Miscik said.
Some players moved up haven't met with initial success.
Former Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Kim Batiste made three errors in his first two games since arriving at Rochester from Bowie. But Batiste, who had a 14-game hitting streak when he left the Baysox, has five hits in his first 15 at-bats for
Another call-up from Bowie, Jim Dedrick, gave up a run after two wild pitches in his first appearance back at Triple-A. Chris Lemp, who made the jump from the Single-A Frederick Keys to Rochester, gave up a game-tying home run on his first pitch with the Red Wings and later took the loss.
Baysox on a roll
Despite the roster moves, the Baysox played almost flawlessly this past week. Bowie won five straight through Sunday, outscoring opponents 40-2 and ending a nine-game road losing streak Saturday.
The Baysox's streak of 42 innings without an error ended Sunday in the fourth, when T. R. Lewis misplayed a ball in left field.
During the streak, Bowie pitchers had three shutouts, combining for 29 scoreless innings. That ended Sunday, when right-hander Garrett Stephenson gave up a leadoff home run at Reading. It was the Phillies' fifth homer against Stephenson in a seven-inning period at Reading.
After the homer, Stephenson shut out Reading for his last seven innings for his second win in a row. He has pitched 17 consecutive innings without a walk.
"Garrett would be 8-2 if he hadn't pitched in some bad-luck games early this season," Miscik said of Stephenson (4-6, 3.34 ERA), who is second in the Eastern League with 97 innings and 80 strikeouts. "His record doesn't indicate how well he has pitched."
Around the horn
Rochester is an International League-best 28-12 at home but is 14-20 on the road. The Red Wings, who are in first place in the Eastern Division, began a season-long 12-game trip Monday. . . . Rochester outfielder Tyrone Woods, the Orioles Minor League Player of the Month for April, has eight hits in his past 45 at-bats, striking out 20 times. He has 58 strikeouts in 55 games, third highest in the league. . . . Red Wings starter Brian Sackinsky is 3-0 with a 2.39 ERA and gave up his first home run Sunday in 38 innings. Last year at Bowie, Sackinsky yielded an Eastern League-high 24 homers. . . . Rick Krivda has lowered his ERA from 8.10 in his first two games at Rochester to 2.89, ninth best in the league. . . . Rochester outfielder Sherman Obando has not gone back-to-back games without a hit in his past 26 games. . . . Red Wings first baseman Paul Carey ended a 4-for-38 stretch by going 2-for-3 with two RBIs Sunday. Carey also hit his third homer. . . . Construction of Rochester's new stadium is scheduled to begin July 5. The park should be ready July 1, 1996. . . .
Bowie has given up an Eastern League-high 68 homers and thrown 43 wild pitches through 74 games. . . .
The Orioles moved left-hander Brian Brewer (1-9, 5.47 ERA) from the Single-A High Desert Mavericks to their other Single-A affiliate, Frederick. The Mavericks picked up left-hander Chris Hill, who had been released from the Boston Red Sox's organization earlier this year. . . . The Keys released first baseman Matt Riemer (Patapsco). . . . Frederick outfielder Trovin Valdez is third in the Carolina League with 22 stolen bases. He has not driven in a run in 29 games since May 18. . . . Frederick catcher Jimmy Foster is third in the Carolina League in batting (.298). He has 11 hits in his past 32 at-bats (.344) and has six RBIs in that stretch. . . . Frederick is a league-worst 6-30 in games decided by three runs or more. . . . The Keys' pitching staff has a 4.28 ERA, which is last in the Carolina League. . . .
In the first week of play at Rookie-level Bluefield, pitcher Brad Crills gave up one run on six hits in an eight-inning start. . . . Chris Fussell (1-0, 1.64) has 14 strikeouts in his first 11 innings pitched. . . . Catcher Mike Gargiulo has seven hits in his first 14 at-bats (.500).