Down on the Dodgers Farm

When Koyie Hill was sent back to Las Vegas before the start of the season, it was just to polish his game a bit. Well, there's a luster shining from it now which has to be noticeable in LA. It glistens again Saturday as Hill drove in four runs to help the 51's get past Oklahoma (Rangers) 9-7.

Last season, Hill hit .314 for Vegas but with a mere three homers so some might have wondered if he could turn on the juice the way big league catchers are supposed to. Well, the pop is there as he already has surpassed that total, jacking No. 4 out of Cashman Field to go with his 10th double. He also got plenty of help in a 15-hit assault that carried Edwin Jackson to his fourth victory in five starts.

Jackson was just sharp enough, with a six-hit, three-walk performance in five innings with the Redhawks scoring four runs (three earned ). His backing was more than ample with Daylon Holt enjoying his second straight three-hit night along with two apiece from Luis Garcia, Jose Flores, and Shane Victorino. Antonio Perez slammed his third homer. Augustin Montero came on for the final two outs for his third save as the 51's moved up to four 1/2 games off the pace in the Pacific Coast South.

Vero Beach also discovered its missing bats, pounding out 10 hits in an 8-4 victory over the Sarasota Red Sox to end a five-game losing streak. Joel Guzman was the big gun here with a home run (No. 5) plus a double and single, good for five RBI. Jesse Hoorelbeke also homered in his first game since reporting from Jacksonville and Russ Mitchell was good for three hits including a double. Alex Requena contributed two stolen bases to bring his season's total to 17.

Eric Hull, often the victim of poor offensive support, was the recipient this time, working six innings ( five hits, four runs) to bring his record to 2-1. Brad Baisley and Rick Bartlett checked the Sox after that. All this pulled Vero into fifth place in the Florida State East, eight games out.

However, the Chattanooga (Reds) climbed on Andrew Brown for three home runs to total six runs in five innings to down Jacksonville, 8-2. Brown 's record shriveled to 1-3 but the Suns held their one-game lead in the Southern League East as second-place Carolina also lost. Nelson Castro doubled and singled in the lost cause.

Columbus' game at Hagerstown (Giants ) was suspended.

PLAYER MOVES--Jacksonville placed pitcher Ryan Ketchner on the seven-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle. Righthander T. J. Nall will take his place in the rotation.