Dodger Farm Report June 6

Despite a strong game for the Dodgers Edwin Jackson finds himself back in the minors again. Still, his philosophy is that he's young and still can profit from the experience. He's always been a fast learner as he evidenced Monday. The 20-year-old righthander displayed the form that 's made him such a pitching prodigy as he set Tacoma (Mariners) down with ease, holding them to a mere single over five innings as Las Vegas held on for a 1-0 victory in the second game of a makeup double header.

The only flaw in Jackson's performance was that he walked five during that span but he also struck out the same number as he won for the sixth time against two losses.

Old reliable Giovanni Carrara came in for two perfect innings to gain his first save since rejoining the Dodger organization as the 51's gained a split after dropping the opener 3-2 in 10 innings. In that game a home run off Troy Brohawn (1-4) with one out spoiled some fine pitching by his predecessors on the mound, Eric Knott, Agustin Montero and Rodney Myers.

Antonio Perez, who scored the winning run in the second game, had two hits in the first as did Jose Flores. Rick Bell lined a pair in the second contest. The split left Vegas trailing by nine games in the PCL South.

Both Jacksonville and Columbus suffered one of those "what-if" kinds of losses that tear at the soul while hurting their chances in pennant races. Jacksonville had rallied from a 7-3 deficit with four in the top of the ninth only to see it slip away in the bottom, falling before Carolina (Marlins) 8-7 while Columbus relievers failed to hold a 4-1 advantage as the Catfish were nipped 5-4 in 12 innings by Charleston, S.C. (Devils Rays).

Two misplayed fly balls considerably aided Carolina to its early advantage as the Mudcats scored four off T. J. Nall and three off Jose Rojas. But in the ninth, Nick Alvarez ripped a two-run double and seldom-used catcher Tom McGee followed with his first home for a tie. That proved in vain when Carolina pushed the winner home off Brian Steffek (2-2).

That decision carried Carolina past the Suns into second place in the Southern League East. They're two back of Chattanooga with Jacksonville now 2 1/2 off the pace.

Casey Hoorelbeke, starting his first game since coming down to Columbus from Vero Beach, threw five innings in which he held Charleston to four hits and a solitary run but that wasn't to last when the Riverdogs pushed one run over against Ozzie Rodriguez and two more off Arturo Lopez. Jose Diaz held them off in the ninth and Chad Bailey (0-1) did likewise until two were out in the 12th when the winner came across.

Andy LaRoche had a three-hit night but the proceedings left the Catfish in fourth place in the SAL South, 3 1/2 behind Charleston.

Vero Beach may just be playing out the first half in the Florida State East but the Dodgers are playing it very well, winning their fourth of the last five, this one, 7-3 over the Daytona Cubs. Scott Gillitzer doubled his home run total to four by slamming a pair as well as a single, Alex Requena tripled and added three singles, Delwyn Young doubled and singled and Joel Guzman was good for a pair of hits in a lusty attack.

All this carried Chad Billingsley to his third victory against four losses. Billingsley was uncharacteristically wild, walking five in his five innings. That didn't hurt, though, as Richard Barlett gave up only one hit in the next three, then Jonathan Figueroa got the first out in the ninth whereupon Steve Schmoll notched the final two for his sixth save.

Vero is six down in the standings with not enough time left to catch Palm Beach in the first half.

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