Down on the Dodger Farm July 4

Daylon Holt is finally getting his chance to play on a regular basis for Jacksonville. Sunday he kept getting his chances to swing a bat. That he did with a vengeance as the Suns outlasted Carolina 14-11 in a 3 hour 56 minute marathon.

Holt was a Rule 5 pickup from the White Sox last December and had been sitting for the most part this season, first at Las Vegas, then with the Suns. Installed in the outfield when Reggie Abercrombie was sent down, he's been brushing the rust off his bat, something he certainly got a chance to do yesterday.

Jacksonville was down 8-2 when Holt, a onetime star at Texas A & M, led off the seventh with his fourth home run. Before the inning was over, he was at it again, this time with a sacrifice fly as the Suns scored seven times. When the Mudcats came back to take the lead again, he was in the middle of still another rally, singling home another run in the five-run eighth.

He added a double to his total to wind up 4-for-5 with three runs batted in. Of course, there were others who were busy at the plate, too. Brennan King sent his ninth out of the yard plus his 20th double and a single, Edwin Bellorin collected three hits to push his average to .327, Nelson Castro hit his seventh homer and both James Loney and Willie Aybar doubled and singled.

It was all necessary for the Mudcats were combing starter Dimas Reina for six runs, then getting two off Eric Hull while Luis Gonzalez was reached for a three-run shot. Elvin Nina (5-2) disposed of the only batter he faced for the win with Yhency Brazoban gaining his 13th save.

The win in the longest Southern League contest this season was only the fourth against eight setbacks in the second half for the Suns, who are 6 1/2 back in the league's East.


Tucson 9, Las Vegas 0--A 21-year-old righthander named Edgar Gonzalez needed only 74 pitches to take care of the 51's, who managed only singles by Antonio Perez and Jeremy Giambi. Roy Smith (0-1, making his second start since being acquired from independent ball, was knocked about for six runs, although only two of those were earned. Vegas is 15 1/2 back in the PCL South.

St. Lucie 2, Vero Beach 1--Reggie Abercrombie led off with a home run, his first since coming back, but that was all the Dodgers were to get. Jarod Plummer (2-2) suffered a tough loss, going seven in which he gave up only five hits and those two runs. Abercrombie also singled and Brett Dowdy, playing short in place of the injured Joel Guzman, also had two hits. Vero holds a one-game lead in the Florida State East.

Asheville 7, Columbus 0--Former Dodger farmhand Ed Montague ripped Julio Pimentel (8-6) for a three-run blast in the first and the Tourists went on from there. The Catfish managed only a double by Luis Jimenez and a couple of singles. It was the third straight loss for the Fish, now 5-5, trailing by three games in the SAL South.

Ogden 9, Provo 7--The Raptors are averaging .321 as a team so even the wildness of top draft choice Scott Elbert was overcome. Elbert walked five to last only 2 1/3 innings but the hitters more than made up the difference. Luis Castillo smashed his first two home runs and Blake DeWitt hit his second plus two singles to lead the charge.

Aaron Klusman made his first pro decision a win in relief with Mark Alexander chalking up his fourth save. The Raptors retained a two-game lead in the Pioneer South.

The GCL Dodgers weren't scheduled.