Because he's a big (6-3, 225) man who can send the ball into the next area code, Jesse has kept himself in the game. But he didn't do enough at Jacksonville earlier and has only shown flashes of power for Vero Beach. So, he badly needs more games like last night when he put on a pre-fourth fireworks show of his own with two long blasts (Nos. 6 & 7) that accounted for six runs batted in to carry Vero to a 12-1 victory over Brevard County .
It was a particularly satisfying win for it not only gave Vero sole possession of first place in the Florida State East but also made Jesse's younger brother Casey the winner. Casey, who also got a late start in the game, is 24 and in his rookie season so he has a bit more time to come through just as he did, too, in this one, holding the Manatees to three hits in five innings to even his record at 2-2.
Another player in search of redemption, Reggie Abercrombie, tripled and singled, Bryan Goelz lined three hits, Delwyn Young doubled and singled and Brian Sprout hit his fifth home run. In all, the Dodgers pounded out 13 hits to move to 8-3 and a one-game lead.
Las Vegas 9, Fresno 5.--It was Edwin Jackson who received the call from L.A.; however, Joel Hanrahan continues to demonstrate why he could well be next in line. Hanrahan (4-3) gave his best effort yet, six innings of three-hit pitching with both runs against him unearned. Chin-Feng Chen hit his 16th home run to total 68 in his Vegas career and that's a franchise record. Both Jose Flores and John Barnes doubled and singled, Flores driving in three. The 51's are still 14 back in the PCL South.
Greenville 9, Jacksonville 6--Shoddy fielding in the sixth allowed the Braves to score three times to break a tie and drop the Suns to 3-7 in the half, 5 1/2 out in the Southern League East. Ryan Ketchner had his least effective start, being kicked around for nine hits and five runs five innings although Brian Steffek (2-4) was the victim in the sixth. Shane Victorino tripled and singled, Edwin Bellorin ripped two doubles and Brennan King doubled and singled.
Asheville 10, Columbus 4--The Tourists leaped all over Zach Hammes (3-6) for seven runs to tumble the Catfish all the way from first to third in the SAL South, one game behind Charleston, S.C. and one-half back of Capital City. Mike Nixon ripped his fourth homer, a three-run shot. Chin-Lung Hu was 2-2 and stole two bases.
Casper 9-14, Ogden 6-6--A double pitching disaster for the Raptors. Jordan Pratt (1-1) was assaulted for eight runs in the first game, Wesley Wright (1-2) was mugged for seven in the second. The twin wins pulled Casper into second place in the Pioneer South, one game behind Ogden. The Raptors enjoyed plenty of hitting. Blake DeWitt, Chris Westervelt, Cory Dunlap and Travis Denker all had two in the opener (DeWitt's two were doubles) with Brandon Carter, Luis Castillo, Dan Batz and B. J. Richmond doing likewise in the second.
Marlins 5, GCL Dodgers 2--The Dodgers stumbled for the third time in four games so now lead the Marlins by just a single game in the league's East. All five runs scored against Julian DeLaCruz (1-1). Both Jamie Hoffman and Steve Sapp had a pair of hits and Rotsen Gil collected his fourth triple in three games.