Down on the Dodger Farm June 9

It was a frustrating evening for Winston Abreau of Jacksonville and Brandon Weeden of Columbus last night so both illustrated their feelings in dramatic fashion. It might have salved their injured feelings somewhat but it didn't help their teams get even, though, as they wound up the losers all the way around.

Things had started so well for Jacksonville, too. Reggie Abercrombie led off with a home run, his second, against first-place Chattanooga (Reds), Derek Michaelis added his seventh and the Suns took a 3-1 lead into the third. That's when disaster struck Abreau in the form of back-to back-to back home runs. Three in succession. More than man could take so Abreau drilled the next batter with a fast ball. The umpire took exception to the action, so promptly tossed Abreau.

Chattanooga wound up leaving the Suns in the wreckage, 7-3, to not only pad their lead in the Southern League East but drop the Suns back into third place, 2 1/2 games out. Elsewhere Carolina won so moved into second, two games behind. Abreau is not only 1-1 but facing a possible fine and suspension.

At Columbus, Weeden was ripped for a three-run blast in the top of the first against the Rome Braves but the Catfish came snarling back in the bottom of the inning on long shots by Jereme Milons (6) and Xavier Paul (5) to take the lead 6-3. Shaky defense (Columbus was to commit five errors ) kept the Braves around but the Fish still led 7-5 into the top of the third when, wham, it happened to Weeden again, a three-run bolt.

Like Abreau, Weeden took umbrage to this indignity and planted his next pitch in the body of the following hitter. Umpires are the same everywhere so Brandon was gone and so was the game, with Rome winding up the winner, 10-8. Weeden is 3-4 and probably facing a fate similar to Abreau's.

Chin-Lung Hu had a big night offensively with two doubles and two single for the Catfish; however, the defeat caused them to lapse back into fourth place in the wild SAL South where Charleston, S.C., leads them by 2 1/2 with Capital City only one-half game out and Rome moving to just one off the pace.

Jonathan Broxton of Vero Beach also had a rough time, being kicked around for seven hits and four runs in five innings in a 7-2 loss to the Daytona Cubs to even his record at 4-4 .At least he didn't hit anybody. Joel Guzman pounded his seventh triple plus two singles and is now hitting .310 for Vero which is five behind in the Florida State East.

Las Vegas had the night off.