Dodger Farm Report August 12th

For Las Vegas this season has been spent much like the characters in the movie "The Village"- wandering in deep , dark woods which are full of ominous creatures. But some of the players are enduring, particularly outfielder Cody Ross.

Ross was out much of the season with a hand injury but since he's been back , he's been on a tear, batting .295 with 13 home runs.. He didn't jack one out Wednesday but he did just about everything else, pounding two doubles and a triple to lead Vegas to a 12-5 victory over visiting Nashville.

With Ross and Rick Bell, who added two hits, pacing the offense, Heath Totten turned in a commendable pitching performance , going six innings in which he was nicked for only a run to push his record to 6-10. The 51's , however, remain mired in the PCL South, 14 games out.

Elsewhere , it was a generally bleak day for Dodger farm teams.

Greenville 4, JACKSONVILLE 0
It was a new offensive low for the Suns, only two hits, a leadoff single by Shane Victorino and a double later by James Loney as they fell 11 1/2 out in the Southern League East. T. J. Nall (6-8), who was clipped for four runs in five innings, took the loss.

Jupiter 7, VERO BEACH 1
The Dodgers have managed only one run in their last 16 innings to see their lead in the Florida State East shaved to 2 1/2 games. Mike Megrew (6-5) yielded three runs in 4.2 innings . Russell Martin was the only Dodger with two hits and Delwyn Young slammed his 31st double.

Charleston, W. Va. 3, COLUMBUS 2
Although Brandon Weeden (7-7) generally pitched well - six innings, five hits, three runs- the Catfiosh didn't back him as a four-game victory streak was snapped. Xavier Paul accounted for both Fish runs with his ninth out-of-the-yarder with a man on. The Fish trail by two games in the SAL South.

Provo 5, OGDEN 4
Failure to handle their cross-Utah rivals has been costing the Raptors , who are now 6-8 in the second half, four games behind in the Pioneer South. Justin Orenduff, a supplemental first -round draft pick in June, gave up only two runs in 4.2 inings but the winner finally crossed in the top of the ninth against Cory Wade (1-1). Blake DeWitt, another June first-rounder, sent his 10th homer out plus a double.

GCL DODGERS 7, Expos 4
It went 15 innings before Jim Peterson led a four-run surge to nail this one down as he hit his second home run of the game and fourth of the season. Orlando Rodriguez had a rocky first rehab start, being touched up for three runs in two innings before Javy Guerra, Justin Simmons and Nathan Hochgesang (1-1) combined for 13 strong innings. Rotsen Gil had a double and two singles with Rocky Rivera and Jesus Mora both collecting two hits. The Dodgers are now 2 1/2 out in the East Division.