Dodger Farm Report July 13

Dodger organizational batting instructor Bob Mariano has been working for the past several days with the hitters from the Vero Beach and Gulf Coast squads. Whether it was this extra instruction or merely a coincidence, the results were so evident that air traffic at the adjacent airport seemed endangered by all the balls flying into the ozone.

For the second night in a row, Vero Beach sent four out of the yard, this time in a 12-hit attack that put Daytona down 9-2. The victory kept the Dodgers in a tie with Palm Beach for first place in the Florida State East with identical 14-7 records. Russ Martin got the long ball parade going with a two-run bolt in the first, his 10th. Andy LaRoche immediately followed with his third and before the night was over, Brian Sprout sent his seventh out while Jesse Hoorelbeke slammed his 10th, a monster shot beyond the berm. Sprout also doubled and singled and Joel Guzman tossed in a double and single.

Casey Hoorelbeke went a very effective 5.2 innings, being reached for one run to even his mark at 3-3.

GCL Dodgers 12, Mets 4--The Dodgers came into the game having hit just one home run, that by the then-rehabbing Jason Giambi. However, they got going early in this and never let up, sending four over the fence as part of 19-hit assault. Jim Peterson, Jamie Hoffman, Tony Harper, and Carlos Pena all hit for the circuit with the first three doing it professionally for the initial time.

Peterson also doubled and singled, Rocky Rivera had a double and two singles, Pena also singled twice and both Jimmy McDonald and Jesus Soto had three base knocks. All this pulled the Dodgers back to .500 at 10-10, leaving them two back of the Mets who lead the East. Alfredo Gonzalez made another rehab start in which he gave up three runs (one earned) in two innings. The win went to Alvin Hayes (9-3) although Cory Wade was the most efficient pitcher (3.2 innings, one hit, no runs),

Elsewhere--Ogden had jumped to a 3-0 lead over Casper in the Pioneer League after three, only to have the game washed out. It won't even be resumed because the two are not scheduled to meet again in the first half. Las Vegas, Jacksonville and Columbus all took All-Star night off.