Down on he Dodger Farm May 21

When Chuck Tiffany threw five no-hit innings recently, it was suggested that a call from Tommy Lasorda might be in order. As Chuck became the Randy Johnson of the minors Thursday night, Tommy didn't have to phone; he was there. But, hey, after this maybe a call from the President would be appropriate.

Just like Johnson was in Atlanta Tuesday, Tiffany was absolutely perfect for seven innings in Columbus last night as he set Greensboro (Marlins) down in the second game of a doubleheader, a 10-0 rout in which he struck out 12. Ironically, that May 3 no-hitter, which was completed by Marcos Carvajal, was the first decision of his pro career and this was the second.

The 19-year-old lefthander, who pitched in only three games for Ogden after signing late last summer and who started this season in the extended camp, began by striking out the side in the first and kept on from there. "He had his fast ball and his curve going and they never had a chance," said Jared Price who caught those pitches.

"The guys were making the plays behind me so I knew when we went out for the seventh inning we had a chance for something big," said Tiffany, LA's second-round draft pick in 2003. "First the five-inning no-hitter; now, this. It really hasn't sunk in. "And to add to that, it came one day after Mike Megrew's seven no-hit innings for Vero Beach.

As those 10 runs obviously indicate, Tiffany had more than enough offensive backing. Dom Laurin was the big man with his second home run and a double. Andy LaRoche slammed his sixth homer while Jereme Milons added two hits and Price contributed a key double.

While Tiffany's performance cast everything else in the shadows, Julio Pimentel (4-2) shouldn't be ignored for he threw five innings in which he held the Bats to five hits and one run for a 2-1 Catfish win in the opener to make the evening complete. Xavier Paul doubled home the winning run in this one. The Fish are two back in the South Atlantic Southern Division after the glorious sweep.

Jacksonville got things right in a big way, hammering Mobile (Padres) 13-1 in which everybody in the lineup including starting pitcher T. J. Nall got into the offensive act. Nall had one of six doubles the Suns were good for while more than taking care of business on the mound, checking the Baybears on two hits for seven, not walking a man while striking out five. His second strong start since moving into the rotation made him 4-0 for the season.

Brennan King and Nelson Castro both doubled and singled in the 10-hit attack. Nick Alvarez sent his second homer out as the Suns broke a three-game losing streak to remain tied with Chattanooga for first place in the Southern League East.

Albuquerque has a new field and a new name (Isotopes) since the Dodgers closed their affiliation there but still is the same old land of inflated numbers as Las Vegas found out. The 51's raked 18 hits but the home team banged out 21 and won 16-9. Joel Hanrahan was pushed around for six runs, then Doug Nickel (2-2) was clobbered for seven in a nine-run sixth inning.

Oh, well, the 51's enjoyed their time at the plate, too; most of all, Koyie Hill, who was 4-for-4 including his sixth home run. Luis Garcia ripped his 12th plus a double and single, Cody Ross homered (No. 2) and doubled and Chin Feng Chen pounded two doubles and a single. Vegas remains four 1/2 back in the Pacific Coast South.

Vero Beach's win streak was halted at five by Clearwater (Phillies) 8-0, a loss so ugly it makes Shrek look like Brad Pitt. The Dodgers did little (one hit, a single by Jesse Hoorelbeke) and what they did was done badly (six errors, 13 strikeouts). Brad Baisley (0-3), a former Phillie farmhand, was shown no mercy by his ex-teammates, who scored all eight runs off him although all those errors meant only one was earned.

Vero ended the dreary evening eight down in the Florida State East.