Dodger Farm Report July 16

Trey Dyson certainly was the designated hitter for Vero Beach Friday but he wasn't the only one. Dyson had a huge game for the Dodgers but so did Reggie Abercrombie. It was almost as impressive for Joel Guzman and Russell Martin as well. With some other teammates joining in, Vero pounded out 21 hits including six home runs, pummeling Clearwater 15-4, taking over first place in the process.

Dyson, obtained from Cleveland in an early-season trade, plays either first base or the outfield but occupied the DH role this time and obviously took it seriously as he slammed his third and fourth home runs plus a double and two singles, driving in four runs in the process. Abercrombie, seeking to redeem a season that hitherto has gone astray, matched the home run output with his fifth and sixth and added a triple and single.

Guzman sent his 13th out of the park along with a double while Martin contributed a double and two singles. Brian Sprout also went deep (No. 8) and singled. With Daytona and Palm Beach both losing other games, Vero moved into the top spot in the Florida State East by one-half game.

Mike Rodriguez (4-1), who went five strong innings in relief of Mike Megrew in which he was touched for only one run, was the winner.

Elsewhere there was only one other winner for the Dodgers, though.

Columbus 8, Savannah 5--The Catfish wrapped two four-run innings around a rain delay and are now in a three-way tie for second in the SAL South, just one-half game out. The Fish counted four in the third before the rains came, then did the same in the eighth after the deluge. Both Jereme Milons and Luis Jimenez had two hits. Chuck Tiffany hadn't allowed a hit in three but wasn't brought back when the game resumed so Alvis Ojeda (5-2) was the winner.

Portland 8, Las Vegas 2--The latest Vegas losing streak reached four as Heath Totten (4-10) was combed for nine hits and five runs in 4.2 innings. Brian Myrow hit his first out since joining the team and Koyie Hill popped No. 10. The 51's are 15 back in the PCL South.

Birmingham 5, Jacksonville 3--T.J. Nall (5-4) held the Barons to three hits for five innings, then was rocked for four runs in the sixth as the Suns dropped their third in a row. Brennan King and Tony Socarras each lined two hits. Jacksonville is now 6 1/2 behind in the Southern League East.

Helena 13, Ogden 5--They waited through two hours of rain before starting only to have Phil Sobkow (0-2) hammered for seven runs in one inning plus. Travis Denker slammed his third homer and both Mike Lynch and Kengshil Pujols banged two hits. The loss dropped the Raptors two games off the pace in the Pioneer South.

Marlins 13, GCL Dodgers 4--Julian DeLaCruz (1-4) continues to suffer, being raked for seven runs in just one inning. Jesus Soto and David Sutherland were Dodgers with a pair of hits as the team dropped below .500 at 11-12, four behind in the East.

Player Moves--Ogden and the Gulf Coast entry switched pitchers with David Pfeiffer, who was 2-0 with an 0..40 ERA, moving up, replacing Jose Obispo, who was sent back.