Down on the Dodger Farm July 5

So Eric Gagné finally blew a save. Jumbo Diaz knows that feeling. Heck, it happened to him about a week ago. What's more he lost the game. However, Monday night, there was Jumbo right back doing his thing. No blaring music, no scoreboard shouting "Game over!" but it was pure Jumbo, the guy they've come to love in Vero Beach.

They list this Dominican righthander at 230 pounds but that's being kind. His body is more like the late (certainly not the early) Marlon Brando. More to the point, his fast ball is like Randy Johnson with upper 90's heat. He threw it with panache as he chalked up two hitless innings, striking out three. When he was done, Vero had a 6-2 win over Lakeland and Jumbo had his fifth save since joining the team. That gives him 18 on the season since he notched 13 for Columbus before moving up and those are Gagné kind of numbers.

The victory kept Vero's lead at one game in the Florida State East. Mike Megrew went five, giving up two runs over that distance to win his sixth against three losses. Delwyn Young provided the offense with two home runs, his 11th and 12th. Alex Requena added a pair of hits and stole his 30th base, best in the organization and the league.

Elsewhere, there was some lusty hitting but in some cases, shaky pitching.

Las Vegas 15, Tucson 6--It was a big night for seldom-seen Ryan Kellner as the backup catcher got a chance to start and hit two out, his second and third, good for five RBI. Also feasting at the plate were Jason Repko and Chin-Feng Chen with four hits, Nick Theodorou and Luis Garcia with three. Garcia included his 21st homer and John Barnes sent his third out. Brian Falkenborg pitched quite well (six innings, three hits, one run) to win for the second time against three losses. The 51's, though, are still 16 out in the PCL South.

Carolina 8, Jacksonville 3--The Mudcats got to Glenn Bott (3-6) early as the Suns' second-half woes continue. They're 7 1/2 back in the Southern League East. Derek Michaelis had two doubles and a single while both Eric Riggs and Daylon Holt singled twice.

Columbus 4, Charleston, S.C. 3--Jereme Milons came through with two key hits, then threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the eighth. Chuck Tiffany won his fourth without a loss by going 5.2 in which the three runs scored. Eric Stults, who's succeeded Diaz as the closer here, may not have his pure stuff but he's effective, holding the Riverdogs down in the final two for his second save.

The Catfish are tied for fourth in the SAL South, only two games off the pace.

Provo 11, Ogden 10--The Raptors kept pounding the ball (they're hitting .325 as a team) but the relief pitching came unraveled and the defense allowed three unearned runs to prevent a series sweep. Dan Batz ripped four hits and leads the league with a .432 mark. Blake DeWitt hit his third homer in as many days plus two singles. Phil Sobkow started and gave up four runs but left with the lead. Then, the Angels got to Wesley Wright for five and scored the winner off Albenis Castillo (0-1).

Ogden continues to hold a two game advantage in the Pioneer South.

Mets 4, GCL Dodgers 3--Alvin Hayes threw four shutout innings before a rain delay. When play resumed, the Mets rallied against the bullpen corps, counting twice in the ninth against Howar Zuleta (0-1) to win. Juan Mora pounded two doubles and Jim Peterson doubled and singled for the Dodgers, who lead the East by 1 1/2 games.

Player Moves--Yhency Brazoban, who had 13 saves at Jacksonville, has been promoted to Las Vegas. Jose Rojas was activated from the disabled list to replace him on the Suns roster. ... Joel Guzman, who had been hit on his left wrist by a pitch two days ago, returned to the Vero lineup.

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