Down on the Dodger Farm June 11

For the Dodgers, Glenn Bott might be like giving the clerk the wrong numbers while buying a lottery ticket, then to find out it's the winning combination. For certain, Bott, who was a substitute for the man originally desired in a trade, was very much a big winner for Jacksonville, Friday.

The original deal with the Mariners saw L.A. acquiring Aaron Looper along with Ryan Ketchner for Jolbert Cabrera. But when Looper was designated for assignment in a roster-clearing move, Seattle wanted him back so the Dodgers settled for Bott instead. They were certainly not sorry they did so last night as Bott threw eight innings of one-hit ball to give Jacksonville a 1-0 victory over first-place Chattanooga (Reds) in the Southern League East.

Only a fifth-inning double by former Dodger farmhand Ramon Moreta spoiled Bott's no-hit bid as the 22-year-old righthander struck out two while walking only one. The game's lone run was a leadoff homer by Shane Victorino, who had just reported from Las Vegas in a switch of outfielders. The Suns did have some moments of anxiety in the ninth when closer Yhency Brazoban yielded a single and a walk. However he struck out the final batter for his 10th save.

Bott is 3-4 after his big effort while the Suns, who managed only four hits themselves, moved to within 2 1/2 games of the losing Lookouts.

Las Vegas broke a four-game losing streak with a strong performance in the opener of a makeup doubleheader at Edmonton (Expos) only to suffer their nadir when they were no-hit by Scott Downs in the second game. Joel Hanrahan turned in his finest performance so far in the first game, five innings in which he allowed only three hits and a run as the 51's triumphed 8-2.

Antonio Perez drove in five runs with his sixth homer and a single, Chin Feng Chen was 3-3 with a double and two singles and Jason Repko, the outfielder who came up as Victorino went down, chipped in with two hits in the opener. Hanrahan evened his record at 2-2, walking one and striking out four along the way.

All that hitting disappeared in the second game, though, before Downs, a 28-year-old lefthander who has pitched in the big leagues for the Cubs and Expos. He walked only one while committing his team's only error himself. Heath Totten was saddled with his eighth defeat (he's won twice) and Vegas is 10 out in the PCL South.

Once again Columbus built an advantage only to see it snatched away as the Catfish dropped a 6-5 decision to the Rome Braves who moved past them into third place in the see-saw SAL South. The Fish led 5-3 going into the eighth behind Alvis Ojeda, who went five, and converted outfielder Chris Testa, who had taken over. Testa, however, ran into trouble opening the eighth, Jose Diaz was rushed in but was hardly the answer as he wound up the loser (2-4) when the Braves counted three times.

Jimmy Rohan banged three hits and both Mike Nixon (No. 3) and Matt Kemp (No. 5) homered for the Fish who are three behind leading Charleston, S.C. with Capital City just one-half game out and Rome now 2 1/2.

Vero Beach is off for the Florida State All-Star game for which pitchers Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Broxton, shortstop Joel Guzman and Catcher Russ Martin have been named to the East squad.

Player Notes--Columbus also has some All-Stars with pitchers Chuck Tiffany and Diaz, shortstop Chin-Lung Hu and center fielder Jereme Milons chosen to play for the South in the SAL game, June 29. Tiffany is currently on the disabled list with a strained shoulder but is expected to miss only one start.