Down on the Farm Report

For Andrew Brown it's really about proving that his arm is indeed sound. That he can console himself with on an evening in which Dodger farmhand batters were generally not on the premises.

While Brown's Jacksonville teammates were able to muster only three hit, he was in fine form as he struck out 13 in six innings of work. But that absence of any kind of an attack condemned the Suns to a 5-2 loss to Greenville on Monday despite Brown's yielding only four hits and three runs in his span. It was the second strong effort for the righthander who got in only one inning last season before an elbow injury.

Playing the Braves is something the Suns will get very used to doing since the two teams are scheduled to meet 31 times this season. This time a home run by Rule 5 draftee Daylon Holt, his first, a double by Jason Repko and a single by Nick Alvarez was their total output. The setback left them with a 8-3 record and a one-game lead over Chattanooga in the Southern Association's Northern Division.

While Columbus had the night off, the other two Dodger farms also suffered though a paucity of hits with resultant defeats. Las Vegas was held to seven as Portland (Padres) won 4-1 and Vero Beach managed a mere four in falling to the Palm Beach Cardinals 9-3.

Heath Totten (1-2) was tagged with the loss for Vegas (5-7), giving up nine hits and four runs (three earned) in six innings. Eric Riggs smacked his first homer and added a single while Rick Bell had a pair of singles for most of what little offense the 51's were able to assemble. Riggs, who has been little used so far, started at third with Bell at first and Luis Garcia in left in a revised lineup.

Vero (5-8) not only didn't hit but also was shoddy afield as only five of the nine Cardinal runs inflicted on Dimas Reina (0-1) and two successors were earned. Joel Guzman drove in all the Dodger runs with a towering blast to the berm and a groundout. The home run was his third of the year.