Down on the Dodger Farm June 23

Paul Shuey had demonstrated that rehabbing even at the game's lower levels doesn't come easy but then the gang from Missouri rode into town and, just like the James boys of old, did some real damage as Ogden galloped into the night with a 9-5 victory over Casper.

Tuning up for his return to the bigtime, Shuey made his second start for the Raptors but was the victim of his own wildness, departing in the second, having walked four men in that space. But then came Phil Sobkow, who had pitched for Central Missouri in his collegiate days, for five solid innings (three hits, two runs).

Still, the Raptors were down until an eight-run rampage in the eighth, keyed by a couple of kids from the Show-Me state, Blake DeWitt and Luke May. Then, Matt Alexander from St. Louis, came on for a scoreless ninth and his first pro save.

Both DeWitt and May wound up with two hits to hand the victory to just-activated Dave Parker and even Ogden's Pioneer League record at 3-3.


GCL Dodgers 8, Expos 3--Two more rehabs were of considerably more help to the Gulf Coasties as both Jeremy Giambi and John Barnes contributed two hits in a 14-hit assault. Tony Harper, Jamie Hoffman, and Jesus Soto also had a pair of hits to back local boy David Pfeifer (who's from Fort Pierce). Pfeifer made a strong pro debut with five innings of two-hit shutout ball. This was the second Dodger victory in three games.

Salt Lake 7, Las Vegas 4--Murphy's Law is certainly applying to the 51's. They received an encouraging start from Edwin Jackson (six innings, five hits, two runs) and Luis Garcia's 20th homer only to have the Trappers belt Giovanni Carrara (0-1) for four runs, the first he has given up since joining the team. Brian Myrow had his second straight three-hit night, Antonio Perez added two and Ryan Kellner hit his first homer. This, the fourth loss in a row, left Vegas 14 back in the PCL South

Birmingham 14, Jacksonville 10--The Barons counted four in the first, then eight more in the second, more than enough to hold off a late rally that spoiled the Suns' second-half opener in the Southern League. Dimas Reina (1-3) was victimized by six of those runs, then Luis Gonzalez gave up a half-dozen before Brian Steffek halted the carnage with four scoreless innings.

James Loney (No. 4 ) and Brennan King (No. 7) both hit one out and Shane Victorino ripped three hits for the Suns.

Vero Beach 4, Fort Meyers 3--The Dodgers managed only five hits but bunched most of those in a three-run fifth to back Jonathan Broxton (6-4) and are now 1-1 in their Florida State second half. Broxton threw five in which he was reached for only four hits and one run.

Once more Joel Guzman was at the center of the offense with two doubles to stretch his hit streak to 18 games. Jumbo Diaz chalked up his second save in as many tries.

The Columbus-Charleston, S.C. game was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader tonight.