Dodger Farm Report August 11th

For those of you who have been following the Dodger system on this site and have thus felt abandoned, a word of explanation. On July 23, Tot Holmes, the major domo of this site, suffered a heart attack. It was a close call but I'm happy to report that Tot made it through all right and is now at home recovering.

Of course, during that time, the site has been held in limbo but now, while Tot is still not well enough to resume his major league reports, we hope to once again begin the daily doings in the minors.

So, let's see where we are now.

LAS VEGAS- The 51's have been on a treadmill to oblivion for most of the season and it continues . Currently, they're 52-65 which leaves them 14 1/2 games in arrears in the PCL South. Wednesday, they split a doubleheader with visiting Nashville, winning the first 2-1 on one of the stronger performances by Joel Hanrahan (5-7) , who went 5.1 innings (in 110 degree heat) , scattering seven hits . Tom Farmer finished for his second save. Hanrahan also cotributed two hits as did ouftielder Henri Stanley (picked up from the Red Sox for Dave Roberts) and Joe Thurston.

In the second game, the pitching which has been the culprit most of the time for Vegas failed again as they fell 9-5. Lefthander Mike Venafro , just obtained from Kansas City, was reached for four in a six-run seventh inning splurge that made the difference. Outfielder Cody Ross , who's been the 51's hottest hitter of late, poled his 13th home run.

JACKSONVILLE - The slump that spoiled the Suns' first half , has continued as they never have gotten going in the second . Currently, they're 19-24 , 10 1/2 out in the Southern League East. The latest loss was a 4-2 setback to Greenville, the 10th straight defeat for Jacksonville in the Braves' park. Glenn Bott (3-8) pitched well - seven innings, six hits, two runs - but had little support. Daylon Holt did blast a mighty home run into the third deck, his sixth, plus a double.

VERO BEACH - This team, on the other hand, is playing extremely well for the most part, combining solid hitting and excellent pitching to compile a 28-16 record to lead the Florida State East by 3 1/2. Yesterday saw a doubleheader split as they came back for an 8-3 opening game victory over Jupiter but managed only three hits in the second to fall 2-0.

They had trailed 2-0 on Tuesday when rain forced a suspension. They came on strong when it resumed Wednesday as Andy LaRoche collected three hits including his 10th home run. Russ Martin (13) and Jesse Hoorelbeke (12) also homered while Trey Dyson and Delwyn Young each banged two hits to hand the win to Mike Rodriguez (5-2).

Jonathan Broxton (9-6), who's been pitching very well lately, was a hard-luck loser in the second, giving uip only four hits and two runs in the 6.2 innings he was on the mound. Alex Requena did manage two stolen bases to bring his total to 39 for the season.

COLUMBUS- The Catfish have been a streaky team much of the season , a trend that has continued in the second half. Lately, they've been doing well, particularly outfielder Matt Kemp, who's been leading the offense. Idle yesterday, the Fish are 24-20, 2 1/2 games back in the SAL South.

OGDEN - The Raptors mash the ball on offense but give up a lot of runs as well so they've been frustrated in their effort to take command in the Pioneer League South where they're now 6-7, three behind first-place Provo, which won the first half as well. They did take Provo, though, 10-7 yesterday, making the most of eight hits. The big blow was B. J. Richmond's bases-loaded double in the seventh. Dave Parker (5-1) picked up the victory in relief of first-round draft pick Scott Elbert, who was solid, going four in which he was reached for only three hits.

GULF COAST DODGERS- They've been waxing hot and cold all season and are all even at 21-21 as a result. Wednesday , they measured the Mets 5-2, a decision that coupled with a Marlins' win , left the New York and Florida entries tied for first in the East Division with the Dodgers three behind. Kenny Plaisance (3-1) who came in for two scoreless after rehabbing Marshall Looney allowed only one run in three , was the winner. The big bat was first baseman Jim Peterson with his second out of the yard plus a triple.

PLAYER MOVES - Infielder Brandon Carter has been promoted from Ogden to Columbus joining pitcher Albenis Castillo , first baseman Luis Castillo and outfielder Emilio Marcos, who were recently moved up.