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4D BASEBALL Ballard faces difficulties with control Frustration marks stint with Orioles By Ptttl Singw " Democrat end CNooicle It's not that Jeff Ballard didnt have the confidence, or stuff, to ' pitch in the major leagues. In his first chance at the majors, he just didn't have success. "I didn't get anybody out," said the left-handed Ballard, who was 2-3 with a 6.21 ERA with the Orioles before being sent back to the Rochester Red Wings Tuesday night "I didn't have good control. It's tough to pitch that way when you're up there." Ballard rejoined the Red Wings yesterday and is scheduled to start tomorrow night's game in Syracuse. "(Orioles Manager) Cal (Ripken Sr.) said go back and get yourself where you were," Ballard said. "I'm just going out there to throw the ball and let my defense make the plays." Players reassigned from the major leagues have 72 hours to re- port, but Ballard arrived yesterday '. in time for batting practice. "I needed to get up here as soon ; as possible," Ballard said. "I needed to throw (on the side). I didn't want to waste time taking a day , off . . . It's disappointing not being up there, but it's a fun atmosphere here." "Jeff has never shied away from a fight or a challenge since I've known him," pitching coach Dom ' Chiti said. "Jeff looks at this as , just another challenge." ; The effect of Ballard's return on the rest of the rotation was not clear last night Still unanswered is how righthander Phil Huffman came back from throwing on the side Tues- day. He missed his last start because of rotator-cuff tendinitis, ! but was not expected to miss an-' other turn. Wings power past Guides, 6-5 FROM PAGE 1D Rochester starter Les Strode, who had given up four homers ; (11 total hits) in his previous six . innings, gave up three homers last night. All were by right-handed ! hitters to right field. That's seven ! homers in IIV3 innings. J "It wasn't like they were turning and pulling the ball out of the park," Hart said. "But you have to pitch in this park." ! Four batters into the first inning ( the assault on the left-hander con- tinued. "They talk about the balls are kind of beefed up," Strode said. "I don't know." After Ken Dowell's one-out single, Steve Jelks hit a two-out homer on a 3-2 pitch for a 2-0 lead. "He moves the ball in and out well, but when he gets behind on the count," he doesn't have a good enough fastball to get it by you, so you can sit back and wait for a pitch to drive," Jelks said. The Red Wings scored once in the bottom of the inning against Newell on doubles by Ronni Sal-cedo and Mike Hart. They took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning as Jim Traber led off with a single and went to third ,on Craig Worthington's double. Newell balked home Traber and Worthington scored on Torve'i groundout. J The lead went back to Maine, 4-3, in fifth as Keith Miller ho- mered to right on a 2-2 pitch after t Joe Cipolloni singled. "My game is to get them to hit it the opposite way," Strode said. '"In this park (315 feet down the right-field line) I have to change ;Jays complete FROM PAGE 1D team I history. Toronto outscored the 'Yankees, 22-3, in the series and now leads second-place New York 'by 2 Vi games in the American ' League East. f "We're not stupid enough to think that because we're in first ' place now, we're going to be in first place in September," said "Key (8-3), who allowed five of the Yankees' seven hita in IVs innings. jTom Henke finished for his 10th 'save. I "I think you have to give the credit to our starting pitchers," said Willie Upshaw. "They kept tus in the games and gave our bull-'pen and our hitters a chance to Iwin." Bell hit a three-run homer, in-'creasing his league-leading RBI 'total to 54. He went 7-for-13 with 'three homers, two doubles and 'eight RBI in the series. "What did we score?" Yankees Manager Lou Piniella said. "Three 'runs in three games? We're not .going to win many games like that." , Toronto Manager Jimy Williams rejected the idea the Blue Jays, 'who have the best record in baseball at 36-20 are an awesome '.team. "I don't know about awesome," tsaid Williams. "But they are good players. They play good defense DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE. ROCHESTER. Right-hander Mike Griffin is scheduled to start tonight in the series finale against Maine. Huffman could start Saturday. Left hander Mike Raczka would be in line to start Sunday in Syracuse. Ballard left the Red Wings with a 5-0 record and 1.18 F.RA. In M in- Jeff Ballard njngs he gave up 21 hits, struck out 27 and walked seven. But in 33 '.1 innings with the Orioles, he gave up 44 hits, walked 17 and struck out 14. In his last 12 innings, he walked 12 and struck out four. Ballard, 23, had only pitched professionally since 1985 before making his major-league debut "I don't think you can say we rushed him up there," Manager John Hart said. "He was going great here, and there was a need for him (in Baltimore)." But the Orioles have been an up-and-down team much of the season, and currently on a downward path. After last night's 15-4 defeat at the hands of the Boston Red Sox, they trail the first-place Toronto Blue Jays by 10 games. Ballard wouldn't let himself get caught up in any turmoil. "Hopefully when you go out there, you'll help turn it around," he said. "When you're pitching, it shouldn't affect you. I should throw the same stuff." But he couldn't throw all five of his pitches when he was behind hitters. And he was behind hitters because "basically I got a little too fine with my pitches. I started worrying about a few mechanical things, instead of just throwing the ball, going out, being aggressive and taking your lumps." "Everyone goes through a down period," Chiti said. "His came at the wrong time. He'll come out of it ... His quality of pitches hasn't changed. He still has confidence. He still has command." Ballard was 2-0 with the Orioles before his troubles began. "I showed enough to give me the confidence I can pitch there." my game. Newell had given up four homers in 58 innings coming into last night's start. "Last club to hit a homer wins," Hart said. In the bottom of the fifth, Ray-ford, who hit two homers Tuesday night against Mark Bowden, hit a two-out, 2-0 pitch over the left-center field fence to tie the game, 4-4. But it was back to advantage, Maine, in the sixth as Gib Seibert hit a one-out solo homer to right for a 5-4 lead. "After the third one, I was looking at it unbelievingly," Strode said. "I couldn't believe it went out" In the long run, the damage was minimal as the lead went back to the Red Wings in the sixth as Torve and Nichols homered. Torve's ball was the farthest hit of the combined six homers, going over the scoreboard in right-center field. Protecting the lead then became the question. The Guides had the bases loaded with two out in the seventh, and reliever Eric Rasmussen retired Alan LeBoeuf on a fly ball to left. Rasmussen left with runners on second and third and one out in the eighth, and Kinnunen came in against left-hander Ron Jones to record a strikeout. But he walked Jelks after he fell behind to load the bases, then went to 3-2 before striking out Ron Roenicke to end the inning. He gave up a one-out walk in the ninth, then ended the game on groundouts. sweep of Yanks behind our pitchers and give our offense a chance to get into gear." Lloyd Mosebv singled with one out in the third and stole second. After Jesse Barfield reached on third baseman Lenn Sakata's error, Bell hit a full-count pitch from Tommy John (6-2) over the left-field fence. The Yankees scored in the fifth when Gary Ward was safe on second baseman Manny Lee's error, stole second and continued to third on catcher Charlie Moore's wild throw and came home on Henry Cotto's infield out. The Yankees, in need of left-handed hitting with first baseman Don Mattingly on the disabled list reacquired Mike Easier, sending two minor-league players to the Philadelphia Phillies for the outfielderfirst basemandesignated hitter. The Phillies received Keith Hughes, 23, a left-handed hitting outfielderfirst baseman, and Shane Turner, 24, a left-handed hitting shortstop. Both players were asssigned to the minors. Mattingly, who was released from a hospital Tuesday for treatment of injured discs, was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He has been sidelined since last Friday. The Yankees also sent catcher Joel Skinner to their Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. N.Y.. THURSDAY. JUNE 11. 198? AMERICAN Twins complete sweep of Royals for division lead The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS Gene Lar-kin's one-out, lOth-inning single scored Greg Gagne from second last night lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory over Kansas City and moving them into first place, one game ahead of the Royals. Gagne began the winning rally with a single off Jerry Don Glea-ton (1-2). Gagne stole second as Kirby Puckett struck out. After Gary Gaetti was intentionally walked, Larkin grounded Gleaton's first pitch to left, and Gagne's slide beat left fielder Bo Jackson's throw home. Jeff Reardon (3-4) pitched two scoreless inning of relief for the victory. The three-game series sweep gave Minnesota a five-game winning streak for the first time in two years. A bases-loaded error by first baseman Steve Balboni in the eighth inning allowed the Twins to rally from a three-run deficit and tie the game. Jackson's 466-foot home run to center, his 12th, came off starter Bert Blyleven. 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