Dodger Farm Report July 15

You know how it is when the big boss comes to town. Everybody in the office runs around carrying papers, trying to look extra busy. Well, Dodger General Manager Paul DePodesta showed up in Ogden Thursday night, so the Raptors grabbed their bats and began flailing away. They got so carried away in a frenzy of base hits, they practically drove Helena into oblivion in a 21-3 massacre.

In all, Ogden batters slammed 25 hits with six of those out-of-the-parkers. We've already seen that this team has a way with the bats but this was over the top. Let's see -- Luke May had two home runs, giving him four on the season, plus a single to account for six RBI. Luis Castillo homered (4), doubled and singled, Blake DeWitt homered (5) and singled, and both Hector Arias and Cory Dunlap came through for a double and three singles, Even little -used catcher Kenshil Pujols lined three hits.

But Justin Ruggiano outdid them all. Ruggiano, a lowly 25th-round draft pick from Texas A & M, sent two out in one inning (Nos. 2 & 3), a Pioneer League record. For good measure, he tossed in a double and a single. All in all, DePodesta had to be impressed. Certainly. Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, who was also in attendance, was.

All this allowed four Raptor pitchers to coast. Albenis Castillo started but went only 2.1 innings so David Parker (2-0) wound up with the win which still left Ogden shy of .500 at 12-13, 1 1/2 games behind in the South.

That was to be the only winning in the Dodger organization for the evening, though.

Portland 5, Las Vegas 0--In stark contrast to the Ogden carnage, the 51's came up with only two singles by Joe Thurston. Joel Hanrahan (4-4) pitched well (six innings, four hits, three runs, one earned) but was tagged with the defeat Vegas is 15 out in the PCL South.

Birmingham 4, Jacksonville 0--Shane Victorino doubled, singled and stole a base but the other Suns did little on offense. Glenn Bott (5-7) allowed five hits and three runs in five innings. The Suns are 6 1/2 behind in the Southern League East.

Daytona 5, Vero Beach 2--For the second night in succession, two early home runs stung the Dodgers, Jarod Plummer (3-3), in particular. With the victory, the Cubs climbed into first place in the Florida State East, leaving the Dodgers 1/2 game in arrears. Delwyn Young was the only Dodger with two hits.

Savannah 9, Columbus 4--Four throwing errors did it for Julio Pimentel (9-7), who was reached for six runs in five innings with only two of those earned. Matt Kemp ripped two triples and Mike Nixon doubled and singled. The loss cost the Catfish a chance to move into a tie for first. Instead, they still trail by one game in the SAL South.

Expos 2, GCL Dodgers 0--Another case of being effectively turned off at the plate. Juan Mora's two hits were about all the attack the Dodgers could muster as they fell even at 11-11, three games out in the East Division. Miguel Ramirez (0-3) did his best mound work yet, giving up only a single run in five innings but in vain. Justin Simmons, a recently, signed 21st -round lefthander from the University of Texas, debuted with two hitless frames.

Player Moves--It was prematurely reported earlier but now it seems to be official. Little-used catcher/outfielder Tommy Piazza has been sold to the Mets. ... Having finished his rehab with the Gulf Coast team, Masao Kida was activated at Las Vegas and pitched an inning in last night's defeat. ... First-round draft choice Scott Elbert was excused from his scheduled start at Ogden to participate in a family wedding.