At end of fast climb, Davies finds time on bench

A record-setting career at Towson University has gotten Gregg Davies noticed. It's just not getting him off the bench as much as he would like.

Drafted by the Orioles in the 21st round in 2002, Davies moved up to Single-A Frederick this year despite modest production at a lower classification.


But he's doing as much watching as playing, which is an odd feeling for him.

Going into yesterday, Davies had appeared in 11 games for the Keys since joining them Aug. 2, collecting eight hits in 30 at-bats (.267).


"It's slowed down a little bit. It's frustrating because I want to get in there, but you've just got to stay ready," he said.

"I'm excited to be where I am."

It's not as if Davies, 23, expected to be in Frederick this summer. He was hitting .220 in 43 games at Single-A Delmarva when the Orioles moved him up.

"He started the season at extended spring training and worked his butt off," said Doc Rodgers, director of minor league operations. "He was one of the hardest workers down there, so I figured we'd get him up to Delmarva. Then we had an extra outfield spot at Frederick, so he went up there and he's swung the bat pretty well.

"He has a good makeup, and he plays the game right. It's always nice to be able to move those kinds of guys along. Even though they're not highly touted, you need role players in your system who can contribute and help win ballgames."

"It came as a surprise to me," Davies said, "but it happened. I'll enjoy the time while I'm here."

Shorebirds manager Stan Hough called Davies into his office with news of the promotion.

"It wasn't explained to me at all," Davies said. "He just told me I was going to Frederick. I didn't ask any questions."


Davies is Towson's all-time leader in eight offensive categories, including hits (274), RBIs (193) and runs (195). He's also second in home runs (40) and third in batting average (.363).

If that isn't enough of a local connection, he also grew up in Olney, and the crowds at Harry Grove Stadium include plenty of family members and friends.

"It's been awesome," Davies said. "I came here to watch games as a kid.

"There's rarely been a game when there isn't a bunch of people there."

Triple-A Ottawa

The Lynx swept Pawtucket in Saturday's doubleheader to move into a tie with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the wild card. ... Since Aug. 1, third baseman Napoleon Calzado had raised his average from .290 to .351 going into the weekend. He built a 13-game hitting streak, which included 11 multi-hit games and a .490 average. ... Catcher Geronimo Gil was batting .370 in August, with six doubles and 11 RBIs. He was batting .349 since joining the Lynx on July 22. ... John Stephens allowed one earned run in seven innings in Thursday's 7-2 win over Buffalo. ... Matt Riley allowed three runs over six innings in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Buffalo. ... Carlos Mendez contributed a run-scoring double. ... Mendez had a two-run double in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to Syracuse, when the Lynx were beaten by former Oriole John Wasdin, and has hit safely in every game since rejoining the team on Aug. 15. ... Going into yesterday's start, Sean Douglass was 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA in his previous nine outings. ... Luis Lopez, who ended last season with the Orioles, hit two homers last week, including a three-run shot Monday against Syracuse. ... Infielder Joey Hammond's 10-game hitting streak ended Wednesday. ... With the Lynx short on outfielders, Ruben Rivera was promoted despite hitting .195 at Double-A Bowie. He was 2-for-20 in his past seven games with Bowie, but hit his first Ottawa homer Friday.


Double-A Bowie

Second baseman Mike Fontenot was named to the end-of-season Eastern League All-Star team. He was batting .348 since June 1 and .314 for the year - tied for seventh in the league - before hitting for the cycle Friday. ... Ivanon Coffie homered Friday and Saturday, giving him 12. ... Catcher Izzy Molina joined the Baysox after rehabbing his elbow at short-season Aberdeen. He began the year at Ottawa. ... First baseman Juan Diaz hit safely in eight of nine games from Aug. 11 to 18, batting .394. ... Kurt Airoso hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning Thursday, and doubled and scored the winning run in the ninth, as Bowie defeated Altoona, 3-2. ... Left-hander Brian Forystek (9-8) allowed four runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings in Wednesday's 8-1 loss to Altoona. In his past two starts, Forystek is 0-2 with an 8.21 ERA. Opponents are batting .341 against him in four August starts. ... Dave Borkowski was 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his past two starts, and ranked 10th in the league with a 3.30 ERA. ... Eddy Rodriguez hadn't allowed a run in nine of his past 10 appearances, collecting six saves while posting a 0.82 ERA.

Single-A Frederick

First baseman Doug Gredvig joined the Keys after missing three months of the season with a back injury. He began the year at Bowie. ... John Maine struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings in Wednesday's 6-1 win over Lynchburg. Manager Tom Lawless and left fielder Pete Shier were ejected in that game. ... Left-hander Shaun Babula was 4-0 with one save and a 1.21 ERA in 21 appearances going into the weekend. ... Infielder Gary Cates batted .514 in an eight-game stretch. He ranked second in the Carolina League with a .333 average. If the season ended during the weekend, he would have placed second in club history for highest average.

Single-A Delmarva

First baseman Dustin Yount, son of Hall of Famer Robin Yount, broke an 0-for-18 slump with a double in Thursday's game against Lexington. ... Daniel Cabrera is 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA in his past eight starts. ... Left-hander Richard Salazar hadn't allowed a run in his past 10 appearances before the weekend. ... Jeff Montani ranked third in the South Atlantic League with 22 saves. ... Carl Makowsky didn't allow a run in 13 of 15 appearances, going 2-1 with three saves and a 1.04 ERA.


Short-season teams

Single-A Aberdeen was batting .222 going into the weekend. ... Left-hander Erik Bedard continued his rehab from ligament-reconstructive surgery by throwing four innings Tuesday, allowing one run and three hits, and striking out five. He's expected to move up to Frederick before joining the Orioles. ... Nick Markakis went 3-for-4 with a two-run single in Saturday's 4-3, 10-inning loss to Vermont. ... Before Friday, Chris Ray was 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA and 21 strikeouts over his past four starts covering 17 innings. He lasted 5 2/3 Friday, allowing three runs and six hits with seven strikeouts. ... Fredy Deza is 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA over his past three starts. ... First baseman Luis Jimenez was 10-for-20 in five games. ... Rookie-level Bluefield left-hander Carlos Perez was 2-3 with a 0.61 ERA and 31 strikeouts over five starts covering 29 1/3 innings. ... Rookie-level Gulf Coast catcher/first baseman Juan Gutierrez was fourth in the league with a .331 average, first with 38 RBIs and second with a .419 on-base percentage, but he was batting .213 with six RBIs and a .296 on-base percentage in August.