Down on the Farm Report

He's Dominican, he's a converted position player, he's a relief pitcher who comes in and throw stuff that leaves a vapor trail. When you see Yhency Brazoban, you have to start thinking of Guillermo Mota or Felix Rodriguez. Comparisons at times may be odious but at other times they are apt.

Brazoban, the 23-year-old righthander who was part of the Kevin Brown trade with the Yankees, surely does evoke notions of those other two from his country who made a successful conversion from the field to the mound. Friday night the onetime outfielder was at it again for Jacksonville as he closed down Mobile (Padres) to preserve a 4-2 victory.

It was the fifth save for Brazoban, who's beginning only his second full season at this endeavor, and pushed the Suns' record to 16-6 which has them three games up in the Southern League's North Division. His two perfect innings followed fine performances by starter Ryan Ketchner (2-0), who held the Baybears to four hits and two runs over five and T. J. Nall, who retired the six men he faced. Nelson Castro and Nick Alvarez had a double and single apiece as the Suns made the most of the seven hits they were to get.

Elsewhere, Las Vegas saw another game get away in the late going as they lost 4-3 to Fresno (Giants). Vero Beach was ripped by Jupiter (Marlins) 6-1 but Columbus had the right combination of hitting and pitching to down Asheville (Rockies) 6-1.

For Vegas, Heath Totten went seven holding Fresno to three runs on six hits but the 51's didn't score until Shane Victorino slammed a three-run shot, his first, in the top of the eighth for a deadlock. However, the Grizzlies came back for a run off Mark Johnson (0-1) in the bottom of the inning which was enough to drop Vegas to a 9-13 record.

Jonathan Broxton had held Jupiter without a run over 14 previous innings but that ended abruptly as Hammerheads lived up to their moniker by pounding him for eight hits and six runs before he departed after three. Broxton, now 3-2, did managed to strikeout five to push his league-leading total to 41. Mike Rodriguez, recently promoted from Columbus, went three scoreless in his Vero debut while another just called up, Jimmy Rohan, banged out three hits.

The loss left Vero at 10-14.

Xavier Paul's hit streak reached 15 games in a big way for Columbus as he rapped a double and two singles, increasing his batting average to .373 in the Columbus victory. Mike Nixon chipped in with a double and single, Andy LaRoche had two hits and Luis Jimenez belted his fourth home run for the Catfish whose 13-8 record has them in second place in their South Atlantic division, just a game and one-half out.

Another who came from the Yankees in the Brown trade, Brandon Weeden started for the Fish, yielding only one run but wildness (he walked five) caused his departure with two out in the fourth. Ozzie Rodriguez (2-1) came in to keep the Tourists down, holding them to a lone single in 3.1 innings for the victory, then Carlos Alvarez pitched two scoreless.

Player Moves-- Rohan, who joined Vero Beach from the extended spring camp, became the latest to try first base for the Dodgers although he normally plays on the left side of the infield.