Down on the Dodger Farm July 3

When you're a 40th round draft pick, it's easy to be overlooked, especially when your uncle is the famous ball player in the family. Still, if Brandon Carter can swing a bat the way he's doing lately, he's going to put his own name up in lights.

Ogden lit up the town with 23 hits Saturday night with Carter carrying the largest torch, five hits in six tries in a 21-3 romp past Provo. That's just the latest escapade for him. He's now 13 for 18 since being inserted into the lineup .Obviously this shortstop from Old Dominion University was chosen because he can play, not as a favor to Uncle Jerry Royster, the organization's infield instructor. Besides, Jerry never hit like this.

They all hit in this one. Luke May, Cory Dunlap, B. J. Richmond each raked three hits. Blake DeWitt ripped his first pro homer and Cory Westervelt sent his third out. The pitching was solid, too. Blake Johnson (2-0) went five, giving up five hits and two runs, striking out nine. Justin Orenduff followed with three in which the Angels managed only two hits and a run.

When the smoke cleared, Ogden had a 9-5 record and a two game lead in the Pioneer South.


Fresno 9, Las Vegas 5--Heath Totten pitched very well (seven innings, four hits, one run); Paul Shuey (0-1), in his latest rehab appearance, did not, being ripped for four runs in one inning. John Barnes had three hits, Antonio Perez was good for a double and single. The 51's are 15 out in the PCL South.

Greenville 5, Jacksonville 3--The Braves got to Derek Thompson (3-4) early to complete a sweep of a four-game series. Thompson, who settled in after giving up five runs in the first two innings, did strike out 8, a personal best. Willie Aybar also matched his personal home run mark with No. 11. The Suns, though, are 3-8, and are 6 1/2 back in the Southern League East.

Vero Beach 2, St. Lucie 1--Brett Dowdy, who came in when Joel Guzman had to leave the game after being hit on his left wrist by a pitch, bounced a single through the infield to drive in the winner in the bottom of the ninth. Jonathan Broxton was excellent, pitching into the seventh when the only run scored on an error by Steve Schmoll, who relieved him. Broxton struck out nine and didn't walk a man. Jamaal Hamilton came on in the top of the ninth to pick up the out with the bases loaded to earn his first decision.

Vero is 9-3 and holds a 1 1/2 game edge in the Florida State East.

Asheville 8, Columbus 3--Brandon Weeden (4-5) lasted only 1/3 innings, his shortest stint yet, as Asheville counted five times. That left the two teams at 5-4 for the half, tied for third in the SAL South, two games behind. Xavier Paul slammed his eighth homer and Matt Kemp banged two doubles and a single

GCL Dodgers 5, Marlins 0--The Dodgers stretched their lead in the Eastern Division to two games over the Marlins behind David Pfeiffer, Kenny Plaisance and Cory Wade. Pfeiffer (3-0), a draft-and-follow lefthander from nearby Fort Pierce, went five for the third time and has now given up only one earned run in those 15 innings.

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