Down on the Dodger Farm June 2

An old friend is back with Las Vegas and immediately set about tidying up the bullpen which has been messier than a teenage boy's bedroom. Giovanni Carrara, a favorite of both the fans and in the clubhouse during his tenure with the Dodgers in 2001-02, has returned to the organization where he 's performing the chores the he's been at for long, long time.

The righthander from Venezuela is 36 now but he still had the old touch Wednesday night as he came in to rescue Harold Eckert in the sixth inning. He restored order, pitched a scoreless seventh and the 51's went to get past Edmonton (Expos) 5-4 on Nick Theodorou's ninth-inning RBI single.

It was a typical hold for Carrara. who's been pitching professionally since 1990. Eckert had been banged around for four runs by the time Giovanni arrived on the scene to nail down the third out in the sixth. After he left, Nathan Ruhl and Winston Abreau (1-2) held the Trappers at bay in the eighth and ninth. In addition to his winning hit Theodorou doubled and singled while Koyie Hill kept on smoking with the bat, doubling and singling.

With the victory, Vegas remained seven out in the PCL South.

Jacksonville stayed one game behind Chattanooga in the Southern League East, taking the measure of their favorite playmates, the Greenville Braves 5-3. Jason Repko drove home the winning runs in the seventh to back Eric Hull, who threw six very effective innings, allowing only two runs on six hits to earn his first decision since joining the Suns from Vero Beach.

Brennan King collected two hits while another Vero graduate, Brian Steffek, shut out the Braves in the ninth for his initial save.

The Hoorelbeke brothers complimented each other nicely to lead Vero Beach past Fort Myers (Twins) 7-4. Casey, the younger, won his first professional decision in his second start with a five-inning two-run performance. Jesse, the elder, provided the margin of difference with a two-run double off the left-field wall in the first.

Jesse also singled and was joined by Russ Martin, Brian Sprout and the just-activated designated hitter David Bagley each with two hits of his own. Richard Barlett pitched the ninth for his third save as Vero moved to within six games of first place in the Florida State East .

But the defense botched a fine effort by Alvis Ojeda, making his first start, and Columbus dropped a 7-2 decision to Charleston, S.C. (Devil Rays) to fall three behind in the SAL South. Ojeda (3-2), who replaced Phil Sobkow in the Catfish rotation, was reached for only three hits in his five innings of work but a pair of miscues cost him two unearned runs.

While the defense let down, the offense could conjure up little as well. Matt Kemp did produce a double and a pair of singles while Andy LaRoche drilled his 11th homer, tops on the team.