Dodgers Farm News July 10

Coaches couldn't understand what had happened to Luis Castillo this spring. Here was a player who was coming off a solid season with Ogden and had been voted the most improved player in the Instructional League, yet at Columbus he had frankly looked miserable at the plate. So, it was back to the extended camp, then finally in desperation, a trip to the eye doctor. He discovered a visual problem, Castillo was fitted with contacts and now he not only sees the ball, he's bashing it.

Luis' trip downward brought him back to Ogden but how long the 20-year-old Venezuelan will stay there is problematical -- not the way he's been hitting. Saturday night he ripped a double and two singles to bring his average up to .362 and help end a five-game losing streak as the Raptors came from behind to take Idaho Falls, 8-6.

The Raptors were down 5-1 when they rallied for six in the sixth to win for reliever Carlos Alvarez (1-0) Luke May slammed his second homer in the rally and Travis Denker added his second an inning later Emilio Marcos collected three hits as did Cole Bruce. Phil Sobkow made an effective start, giving up only two unearned runs in 5.1 innings but the Chukars got to Dave Parker for three.

The win carried Ogden to within one-half game of the lead in the Pioneer South but that was the only winning done in the organization last night.

Salt Lake 8, Las Vegas 4--Brian Falkenborg pitched well (three runs in five innings ) but Augustin Montero decidedly did not (five runs in three ) and is now 1-4. Antonio Perez banged three hits and stole his 15th base, while Jason Repko hit his third home run. The 51's are 15 back in the PCL South.

West Tennessee 14, Jacksonville 5--That clank you heard was the ball hitting the gloves of Suns' fielders and rolling out. The Diamond Jaxx scored seven times against Dimas Reina (1-4) but only one of those was earned. Brennan King sent a grand-slam out, his 11th and both Willie Aybar and Edwin Bellorin had two hits. The Suns trail by six in the Southern League East.

Palm Beach 3, Vero Beach 1--The Dodgers managed only four hits -- two by Reggie Abercrombie including his third out of the park. Still, first-place Daytona dropped a twinbill, thus Vero moved up to within one-half game of the top even while losing. Mike Megrew (6-4) threw well, allowing those three runs in 6.1 innings.

Rome 12, Columbus 4--For the first time this season, Chuck Tiffany was a loser, emphatically so. Tiffany (4-1) was tossed around for seven runs in just two innings. Marcos Carvajal came in later for four scoreless. The Catfish are a game out in the SAL South.

Marlins 7, GCL Dodgers 4--The Dodgers continue to stumble, having lost five of their last six and are now two out in the East at 9-9. Miguel Ramirez (0-2) was ripped for eight hits and five runs in four innings. Rehabbing David Bagley was 2-2.