Dodger Farm Report July 21

These days when Jared Price dons his catching gear,it's usually to warm up a pitcher. Only occasionally does he get to actually play in a game so he'd better take advantage of the moment. He certainly did that Wednesday night. Price, the reserve catcher for Columbus, received a rare start and not only responded with a home run and a double but also held onto the ball in a jarring home plate collision to prevent a run in a 5-3 victory over Savannah.

The two-run jolt out of the park was his fifth of the year and gave the win to Alvis Ojeda, making a spot start himself.

Ojeda (6-2) held the Sand Gnats to two runs in five innings as the Catfish climbed to within 1 1/2 games of first place in the SAL South. Russ Mitchell contributed two hits to the offense and Chad Bailey came on for 1.2 scoreless and his first save.

Elsewhere it was a generally profitable day for Dodger teams.

Jacksonville 2, Chattanooga 0--Another backup catcher, Tony Socarras, provided the difference here with his second home run in the eighth. T.J. Nall was especially strong with seven shutout innings (four hits) only to leave in a 0-0 tie. Franquelis Osoria (7-3) completed the shutout to pick up the victory. The Suns are six behind in the Southern League East.

Las Vegas 6 Tucson 8 --Chin-Feng Chen returned to Vegas and sent a first-inning grand slam out (No. 18) but the Sidewinders struck at Heath Totten for six in the third. Totten recovered for four scoreless, the 51's rallied only to have Tom Farmer (5-4) tagged for two and the defeat. Jason Repko had a double and two singles and Luis Garcia a pair of hits. Vegas dropped to 16 out in the PCL South.

Vero Beach 2-4 Tampa 0-5--Jonathan Broxton absolutely mastered the Yankees in the opener, throwing a seven-inning complete game in which he held then to four hits, struck out nine and didn't walk a man. Brian Sprout was 3-3 including two doubles and Russ Martin added two singles. Jarod Plummer (2-4) took the loss in the second, giving up four runs in 4.1 innings. Delwyn Young ripped his 16th homer and two singles. The split left the Dodgers with a two-game lead in the Florida State East.

Ogden 8, Helena 6--Top draft pick Scott Elbert returned from some time at home where he participated in a wedding to allow just one hit and an unearned run over four only to have his relief squander the lead. Thus, the Raptors had to go 10 before Emilio Marcos doubled home two runs for the win that leaves them 1 1/2 behind in the Pioneer South.

Chris Westervelt continued his long ball barrage, sending his eighth out and Luis Castillo was 2-2.

Expos 8, GCL Dodgers 3--David Sutherland and Steve Sapp both had three hits and Pedro Lorenzo made a strong start, holding the Expos to three hits and one run over four but that wasn't enough to keep the Dodgers from sliding to their sixth straight loss. Julian DeLaCruz (1-5) was bounced for five runs to absorb the defeat. The Dodgers are now six back in the East Division.