Down on the Dodgers Farm June 27

In the lower minor leagues, the designated hitter rule prevails; thus the pitcher never bats and the guy who is ninth in the order is mostly one who hits like a pitcher, i .e. infrequently. Not so at Columbus with Estanislao "Tony" Abreau slotted there.

Abreau is a 19-year-old Dominican second baseman who may be smallish (5-11, 160) but one who hits both often and well. He's been doing it all season as his team-leading .318 average attests and he certainly did so yesterday as Columbus measured Augusta 8-4.
Abreau's seventh triple of the season drove in an early run and his double was the heart of a six-run eighth that not only carried the Catfish to their fifth straight victory but also into a tie for first place in the SAL South as the league pauses for its All-Star game. Dom Laurin ripped a pair of doubles with Matt Kemp and Luis Jimenez each good for two singles to aid in the assault.
Chuck Tiffany pitched very well into the fifth, giving up only three hits and one run, walking two and striking out seven. Chris Testa went 1.2 hitless for his first decision since his conversion from the outfield.


Vero Beach 6, Sarasota 5 (10 innings)--The Dodgers, who gave several regulars the day off, still came from behind twice for their fifth in a row and sole possession of the top spot in the the Florida State East. Brian Goelz singled to tie it in the bottom of the ninth, then Trey Dyson singled with the bases loaded to win it in the 10th. Scott Gillitzer collected three hits and Jesse Hoorelbeke slammed his fifth homer. Steve Schmoll (2-3) held the Red Sox without a hit for the final 1.2 innings .

Las Vegas 7, Fresno 2--Paul Shuy moved his rehabbing to the 51's going one inning in which he was touched for three hits and a run. It was Heath Totten with his strongest performance yet who pitched the 51's to victory. Totten (4-8) scattered six hits over six innings, yielding only one run. Chin Feng Chen banged three hits with Joe Thurston, Eric Riggs, Brian Myrow and Nick Theodoreau each good for two. Vegas is still 14 back in the PCL South.

Jacksonville 3-3, Carolina 2-6--The Suns received an excellent outing from Ryan Ketchner in the opener as he shut the Mudcats down on two hits for five innings. The 22-year-old lefthander who relies on changing speeds is now 5-2 with a 1.89 ERA. Carolina came back for two off Yhency Brazeban in the seventh but he held on for his 12th save. In the second game of the makeup doubleheader, Eric Hull (1-2) was raked for 10 hits. Daylon Holt sent a mighty blast over the center field wall for his third home run. Willie Aybar with a double in the opener and a single in the nightcap, extended his hit streak to 12 games. However, Elvin Nina gave up three runs in the second contest to end his scoreless string at 16 innings. The split gave the Suns a 2-3 record for the half.

Both Ogden and the Gulf Coast Dodgers were not scheduled.