Paul Shuey started his rehab assignment with a flawless inning, then the kids took over both on the mound and with their bats as they waxed Idaho Falls 12-1 in a merry romp that evened their Pioneer League record at 2-2. Shuey didn't allow a hit while striking out one in his short stay on the field, then righthander Blake Johnson, the Dodgers' second-round choice in the recent draft, took over, going four in which he held the Chukars (I have no idea what it means, either) to one run while striking out five and walking only one. He was thus credited with the victory in his pro debut.
Third baseman Blake DeWitt, the second of L.A.'s two first-round choices, rapped two doubles and a single to lead the assault aided and abetted by Dave Nicholson (double, two singles), Luis Castillo (three hits, three RBI) and Chris Westervelt (home run No. 1) Nicholson and Westervelt are also rookies acquired the draft while Castillo is a returnee.
Shuey is expected to make at least one more appearance for the Raptors. Meanwhile, L.A.'s top pick in the draft, righthander Scott Elbert debuts tonight.
Gulf Coast Dodgers 10, Mets 2--No big leaguers and no crowd on hand but these Dodgers also enjoyed a combination of fine hitting and pitching in their opener. Steve Sapp pounded a pair of doubles with Juan "Rocky" Rivera, Jesus Mora and Jim Peterson each contributing a double and single and Jamie Hoffman, a pair of singles. Julian DeLaCruz, who pitched in the Dominican League last year, went 5.1 innings, yielding six hits and two runs for the victory.
Edmonton 9, Las Vegas 2--A rough first inning in which he was ripped for two double and a home run cost Joel Hanrahan (3-3) the game. After that he settled down for five good innings. Chin-Feng Chen delivered his 14th home run.
Jacksonville, Vero Beach and Columbus--all were off before starting the second halves of their respective leagues.