Down on the Dodger Farm July 30

At the beginning of the spring, Reggie Abercrombie and Wilkin Ruan were on the Dodgers 40-man roster, regarded as two of the brighter outfield prospects in the system. Sadly, two months later, things have changed dramatically. Ruan has departed and Reggie has gone back to try to rediscover his once bright hopes.

Neither could even begin to cope with Southern League pitching with the result that Wilkin was released altogether. Now, Reggie whose batting average was a woeful .173 and who had struck out 66 times already, has been sent down to Vero Beach where he played center field Wednesday.

His first steps on the journey back to respectability were not all that positive, either. He went 0-3 with a walk but did steal a base. Nor did it help Vero for the Dodgers were thumped 8-2 by St. Lucie, ending a seven-game win streak The Mets got to Mike Megrew (5-3) for six runs in the fourth, leaving the Dodgers at 7-2, tied for first with Daytona in the Florida State East.

That was part of an all-losing night for the Dodger teams that played.

Greenville 2, Jacksonville 1--Glenn Bott (3-5) kept 11 hits well spaced over seven innings but the Suns could manage only four themselves. A home run by Derek Michaelis (No. 8) was all they could muster in the way of scoring. The Suns are 3-5, already 4 1/2 behind 7-0 Chattanooga in the Southern League East.

Provo 10, Ogden 6--The Raptors winning ways ended at five with Phil Sobkow (0-1) ripped for six runs in 3.1 innings. Ogden did well offensively, particularly Brandon Carter, who had four hits and two stolen bases. Dan Batz, the sixth -round selection in the June draft, had three hits while Travis Denker smacked his first homer. Ogden is 7-4, leading the Pioneer League South by two games.

Expos 5, GCL Dodgers 3--For the first time, the Dodgers lost back-to-back games when the Expos rallied against Cody White (0-1), getting to him for two runs in the seventh. Alvin Hayes went four, allowing only three hits and two runs. Tony Harper, a draft-and-follow from 2003, collected four hits, Jamie Hoffman had two and Rotsen Gil hit his third triple in two days. The Dodgers are 6-3 with a two-game division lead.

Both Las Vegas and Columbus were idle.

Player Notes--Lefthander Ryan Ketchner has been named to the Southern League East All-Stars as a replacement player joining teammates Willie Aybar and Derek Thompson, already chosen.

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