Down on the Dodger Farm

Dimas Reina was a third baseman of prowess during his youth baseball days in Venezuela. So much so that when scout Camilo Pascual signed him for the Dodgers and promptly told him he was to become a pitcher, the entire Reina family besieged Camilo in protest. But they had to respect that a man who won 174 big league games knows a lot about pitching. Now, it's becoming apparent that Dimas has learned quite a bit, too.

Ever since coming to this country four years ago, the 22-year-old righthander has been a relief pitcher but he's become not only a member of the Vero Beach rotation, he's the Florida State League leader in ERA.

His latest was seven innings of shutout ball Sunday as he held Clearwater (Phillies) to six hits, walking only one while striking out eight for a 1-0 victory. This gives him 19 straight innings in which the opposition hasn't been able to score to lower his ERA to 1.26.

Steve Schmoll came on for the final two to extend his own impressive scoreless streak to 17 1/3, gaining his second save. The Dodgers picked up the game's only run in the seventh when Russ Martin singled in Jesse Hoorelbeke. Vero, however, is still eight games out in the Florida State East.

Columbus kept its torrid ways going, pounding out 16 hits to outlast Asheville (Rockies) 13-10, moving into a tie for first with Charleston, S.C. in the South Atlantic Southern Division as a result. This was the seventh in a row for the Catfish, who were led by outfielder Alejandro De Aza, who went 4-4 with a triple, two doubles and a single.

The Fish poured eight runs across in the sixth to break a 5-all deadlock, then held on when the Tourists jumped on Omar DeLo Santos for five of their own. Jared Price had a two-run homer, his third, in the big inning. Marcos Carvajal (2-0) was the winner in relief of Zach Hammes while Jumbo Diaz threw a perfect ninth for his 11th save, best in the league and the organization.

The travails continued for both Las Vegas and Jacksonville, though. Albuquerque (Marlins) downed Vegas 7-3 to complete a four-game sweep while Jacksonville was held to three hits in falling before Huntsville (Brewers) 6-1.

Chin Feng Chen hit his fifth homer and Luis Garcia rocked his 13th as a pinch-hitter but that's about the only bit of solace for Vegas, which dropped its fifth consecutive game. Harold Eckert (1-2) was pinned with the loss as the 51's dropped six off the pace in the Pacific Coast South.

Prince Fielder crushed a 3-1 pitch from Randy Leek (1-3) in the fourth to send Huntsville on to its triumph. The Suns couldn't muster a hit after the third. Two of their three came off the bat of Nelson Castro including one out of the park, his sixth.

Jacksonville, which had started the season winning seven in succession, is now just two above .500 at 23-21 and in a three-way tie for second place in the Southern League East with Carolina and Tennessee, all two behind Chattanooga.

Injury Update- To compound its problems, Jacksonville hasn't been able to call on its best hitter, Jason Repko, who's been out with a bad back for three days.

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