Dodger Farm Report July 18

Some of his teammates call Franquelis Osoria, "Seis". That's because he was born with six fingers on each of his hands. One digit has been removed from his right hand, the one he uses to pitch, via surgery so he does just fine with the usual number. Osoria uses a three-quarters motion that features a heavy sinker, great for inducing ground balls. Just the guy you want to come in to hold onto a game, like he did Sunday afternoon.

Osoria, a 22-year-old Dominican, relieved Derek Thompson, who had given Jacksonville six solid innings in which only one Birmingham run had scored. The Suns held a 4-1 advantage but the Barons quickly took advantage of a double, an error and an unwise fielder's choice and seemed about to take it away. Instead, Osoria took over, getting a popup and a strikeout to squelch matters. He went on to notch three strikeouts in three innings of work for his second save.

Thompson evened his record at 4-4 with the victory aided by Willie Aybar, who had a double and two singles, Brennan King and Tony Socarras, both with a double and single. The win still left the Suns seven out in the Southern League East.

And that was the only victory in the Dodger system for the day, a trend that seems to be developing.

Portland 6, Las Vegas 4--The Beavers completed a series sweep, sending the 51's to their sixth straight defeat. Mark Johnson (3-9) was the latest to lose, going six in which five runs counted. John Barnes hit his fourth home run and Jason Repko stroked two hits. Vegas trails by 15 in the PCL South.

Rome 6, Columbus 5--Poor fielding betrayed the Catfish as all six runs off Zach Hammes (4-7) were unearned. Both Alejandro De Aza and Jimmy Rohan had three hits with Jereme Milons and Russ Mitchell each doubling and singling. Marcos Carvajal threw four innings of one-hit shutout ball in relief but the Fish are now 2 1/2 back in the SAL South.

Missoula 6-6, Ogden 2-3--Ogden had led 2-1 when the rains forced a postponement Saturday. When it was resumed yesterday, Missoula took over, then went on the capture the regularly scheduled game for a sweep that left the Raptors with a 12-15 record, 2 1/2 behind in the Pioneer South. Blake DeWitt slammed his fourth homer in the first in which Wesley Wright (1-3) was tagged with the defeat. Cole Bruce sent his first pro shot out in the second. Jordan Pratt (1-3) suffered the loss.

The Vero Beach-Clearwatergame was rained out so will be made up as part of a doubleheader today. The Gulf Coast Dodgers were not scheduled.

Player Moves--Las Vegas and Jacksonville exchanged relief pitchers with Elvin Nina moving up and Agustin Montero being sent back.