Down on the Dodger Farm June 18

For the Dodger system, Clint Hosford has been the unfortunate poster child for the disabled list. This is his sixth year in the organization with as much of that time spent rehabbing as it has been in competition. But, maybe, just, maybe, Hosford is healthy and ready to contribute at last. And put that together with the reinforcements that just arrived from Columbus and it gives Vero Beach some real hopes that it can let the good times roll in the second half.

A bad back has been the culprit for the most part for Hosford's long stints on the sidelines. He was the opening day starter for Vero but shortly thereafter was out of action again. When he did return, he was understandably less than scintillating for a spell. Saturday night, though, the 23-year-old righthander from Canada made his first start since April and was sharpness personified as he held the Daytona Cubs to three hits and no runs over five innings in a 3-1 Vero victory.

Hosford left the game with a 1-0 lead but Richard Bartlett was reached for a run and a tie. Thus it was Bartlett (3-2) who ultimately wound up the winner as the Dodgers put two across in the bottom of the seventh. Jose Diaz, one of those who just arrived from Columbus, came in to keep the Cubs hitless for two with a fast ball that touched 99 mph to gain his first save for Vero.

Joel Guzman, honored before the game as Florida State League Player of the Month, extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a first inning single. Vero, 5 1/2 back in the league's East Division, winds up first half play today.

Elsewhere:

Las Vegas 11, Edmonton 4--Jason Repko had a triple, double and single and is now batting .341 since joining the team; Chin Feng Chen hit a grand slam (No. 13); Luis Garcia had a double and two singles; Antonio Perez hit home run No. 10 and singled; Rick Bell also had two hits. Brian Falkenborg (1-2) went six innings, giving up five hits and two runs. Vegas is 13 games behind in the PCL South.

Tennessee 5, Jacksonville 3--The victory clinched the first half title in the Southern League East for the Smokies while Jacksonville is back at .500 (34-34), 4 1/2 out. Eric Hull (1-1) was kicked around for six hits and five runs in three innings. Elvin Nina held the Smokies without a hit for three and has now thrown nine straight no-hit innings in relief.

Savannah 10, Columbus 6--The Catfish banged out 14 hits but for naught as the Sand Gnats stung Zach Hammes (3-4) for seven hits, good for seven runs in five innings. Tony Abreau went 4-4, Matt Kemp 3-4 including his seventh home run, Jereme Milons and Chin-Lung Hu both were 3-5. The Fish are four back in the SAL South first half which winds up today.

Idaho Falls 11Ogden 6--Here, too, the opposition was all over the starter, in this case, Jose Obispo (0-1), who left with one out in the second, already being charged with seven hits and six runs. Luis Castillo and Dan Batz, the sixth-round pick in the 2004 draft, each collected three hits while Emilio Marcos had two for the Raptors, now 1-1.

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