Down on the Farm Report

In Las Vegas, Chin Feng Chen has turned on the power and while they may not notice that on The Strip, it certainly is lighting things up over at Cashman Field. Chen was with the Dodgers for two weeks recently, a time spent mostly idling on the bench, putting some rust on his swing causing a 3-for-25 outage when he returned. But the power surge is on again as his third home run in two nights helped carry the 51's from behind to an 8-7 victory over Tucson (Diamondbacks).

Tucson had picked on Joel Hanrahan for five runs, collected two more in the top of the ninth off Rodney Myers and led 7-4 when the 51's got going. Chen 's fourth long-distance clout of the season carried them to a tie and the winning run trotted home on a wild pitch to raise their season's mark to 11-15.

Hanrahan did have some measure of revenge by hitting a home run while Joey Thurston lined three hits, Koyie Hill singled and doubled and both Luis Garcia and Rick Bell added a pair of hits as the 51's came on in the final two innings to score all their runs. It ultimately made a winner of Myers (2-0) despite his shaky ninth.

Jacksonville, though, is experiencing hardship for the first time this season, losing 5-4 to Montgomery (Devil Rays) in a 12-inning contest. That's the third setback in five games for the Suns whose division lead has dwindled to one game as a result. Andrew Brown allowed three runs over five innings out seven to give him 51 for the season but the Biscuits picked up a run off T. J. Nall for the tie, then finally got the winner off Elvin Nina (3-2).

Jason Repko extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his second home plus two singles, Tony Socarras had a double and two singles and Willie Aybar, back in action after a leg strain, doubled and singled for the Suns, now 17-9.

After splurging for 25 runs in two nights, Vero Beach could come up with only six hits, two by Jimmy Rohan, and were bounced by Brevard County (Expos) 8-2 to fall back to 12-15. Brevard scored all its runs off starter Eric Hull (1-1).

Columbus (16-9) bunched its hits for all its runs in the third to get past Greensboro (Marlins) 4-3 to maintain a tie for first place in the South Atlantic Southern Division. Phil Sobkow had his finest start as a pro, allowing just two hits and one run in five innings for his first decision. Jamaal Hamilton pitched 1.1-inning of shutout relief to run his string to 13.1 without an earned run this season. Jumbo Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his sixth save.

Player Moves-- Cody Ross, who had injured his right knee, came off the disabled list at Las Vegas to appear as a pinch hitter. ... With the additions of Reggie Abercrombie and Rohan, Vero Beach sent outfielder Emilio Marcos and infielder Russell Mitchell back to the extended camp. ... The Dodgers have signed Tony Harper, their 11th-round pick in 2003 as a draft-and follow. Harper, a 5-10, 210-pound left-handed hitting catcher from South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, played junior college ball in Texas this spring. He's reported to the extended camp

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