Down on the Farm Report

Jacksonvill boosted their record to 4-0 over the Easter weekend. Las Vegas and Columbus are 2-2 and luckless Vero Beach is 1-3.

(10 innings)--The Beavers tied the game 6-6 in the eighth, then won in the ninth when Doug Nickle (0-1) allowed a run. The 51s had only five hits for the game but scored five runs in the first inning to take a 5-2 lead. Starter Tom Farmer pitched 3 innings for Las Vegas and allowed 6 hits, 4 runs (2 earned), and struck out 3. Right-hander Rick White had a strong relief performance with four scoreless innings and allowed 1 hit. Ryan Kellner was 2-for-4.
Las Vegas 2 - Portland 3
(11 innings)--The 51s had a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth after Portland scored in the top of the innings. With two outs and a runner on third base, Koyie Hill's sharp ground ball could not make it past a diving second baseman, who fired the ball to first base for the third out of the inning. Tanyon Sturtz, just re-added to the roster, started and allowed one earned run in six. GHe also knocked in a run with a single. Agustin Montero (0-1) took the loss.

April 10
Jacksonville 6 - Tennessee 5--Winston Abreu (1-0) pitched five scoreless innings as the Suns fought off the Smokies' comeback attempt. The Suns built a 6-0 advantage. Brennan King started his three-hit night with an RBI double in the first inning. A two-run error on a sharply-hit ball by Jesse Hoorelbeke put the Smokies down 3-0. Nelson Castro and Hoorelbeke added RBI singles in the second and third innings, boosting the Suns lead.
April 11
Jacksonville 6 - Tennessee 3--The Suns jumped to a 4-0 start for the first time in at least 16 years. Jacksonville scored in the first inning in every game of the four-game series sweep. The Suns scored five runs in the final game of the series when Willy Aybar singled home Tony Schifano to give Jacksonville its first lead. Derek Michaelis followed with a two-run double and Jesse Hoorelbeke capped the inning with a two-run home run to left center. Michaelis hit a solo home run in the third to give the Suns a 6-0 advantage. Harold Eckert. (1-0) earned the victory, pitching six innings and allowing one run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth. That run was the second earned run allowed by Suns starters spanning 20 innings this season. Eckert struck out seven batters. Yhency Brazoban (sv 1) pitched a perfect eighth and ninth innings to record his first save.

Vero Beach 3 - at St. Lucie 4--For the second time in three days, the Dodgers saw a three-run lead erased. VB staked RHP Brad Baisley to a 3-0 lead in the second inning thanks to an RBI double by 3B Russell Mitchell, a sacrifice fly by RF Emilio Marcos and an RBI triple by CF Alex Requena. The Mets chipped away at Baisley and the lead, tallying one-run innings in the second, the third and fifth innings. They took the lead for good in the sixth. The Dodgers had the leadoff man on in the eighth and ninth innings, but both were erased on double plays.
Vero Beach 6 - St. Lucie 7--Came back from a 7-0 deficit in the final two innings, falling just short. Trailing by the seven runs, Russell Martin and Chris Testa each had RBI singles and a third run scored on a wild pitch. Needing four to tie in the ninth, Vero Beach got a two-run homer by CF Bryan Goelz and a solo shot by 2B Delwyn Young, trimming the margin to one. After Testa and 3B Russell Mitchell walked with two outs putting the winning run on first and the tying run on second, DH David Bagley was robbed of a game-tying hit by leaping catch. Chad Billingsley (1-0), the Dodgers' number one pick from 2003, was saddled with the loss.

Columbus 4 - Cap City 5 (12 innings)--A one-out walk and a triple gave Capital City the win. The Catfish nearly answered in the bottom of the 12th when Andy Laroche led off with a double. Luis Castillo then reached on a fielder's choice to put Laroche out at third. With one out Mike Nixon was intentionally walked to load the bases. However a game-ending double play killed the rally. The Catfish took a 2-1 lead in bottom of the fourth on walks by Luis Castillo and Xavier Paul. Matt Kemp was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Dominique Laurin then drove in two with a single. Columbus extended its lead to 3-1 in the fifth when Castillo reached on a single and scored ahead of Paul's double. The Bombers tied the score in the sixth but Columbus retook the lead at 4-3 in the sixth when Jereme Milons singled and was driven in on Chin-Lung Hu's triple. The triple was the Catfish's fourth in the first three games this season.
Columbus 4 - Cap City 1--Andy Laroche, who had two of the four Catfish hits, broke open a 2-1 game with a two-run homer in the third inning. The win snapped a two-game losing streak and was the first time since the season-openeer that the clubs' didn't go into extra innings. Jose Pimentel (1-0) worked five innings and allowed one run. Alvis Ojeda (sv 1) allowed only two hits over the final four innings to earn his first save.