Dodger Farm Report August 14th

The Columbus Catfish can be a frustrating team. Scouts from opposing organizations who view them will assert that they're loaded with talent- as much or more than any other club in the South Atlantic League. Most times they'll play like that yet at critical moments they often go curiously flat .

Such moments arrived Friday. Seeking to stay in the hunt for a playoff berth, the Fish instead managed little offensively and defensively to fall twice to Charleston. W.Va, 4-3 and 2-1 to drop four games off the pace in the South Division.

It was even more frustrating because lefthander Chuck Tiffany was superb in the opener, going five innings in which he allowed only two hits and one run while striking out a dozen. Yet the Alley Cats were able to come back , picking up unearned runs to tie, then win against three relievers with the final crossing against Marcos Carvajal (4-2).

The Fish managed only four hits in the opener, two by Tony Abreau with Mike Nixon sending his fifth home run out. In the second game, they could scrounge up only a pair with Arturo Lopez (4-2) absorbing the setback.

Elsewhere, Friday the 13th was indeed unkind to Dodger forces.

Sacramento 9, LAS VEGAS 8
The 51's blew a 7-2 lead in the ninth as four pitchers couldn't hold on. Roy Smith (0-3) was the loser .Brian Falkenborg made a solid start -six innings, three hits, two runs. John Barnes ripped two home runs (Nos. 8 & 9) plus a double and single. Antonio Perez had a triple , double and single. The 51's are now 14 behind in the PCL South.

Tennessee 3, JACKSONVILLE 2
The Smokies picked up three early off Ryan Ketchner (7-5) and held on. Shane Victorino singled three times for the Suns who are 12 out in the Southern League East.

Idaho Falls 8, OGDEN 5
The Chukars jumped all over Javier Garcia (1-1) for five runs in the first. Wesley Wright came in to turn them away for 3.1 in which they managed only a hit but had to leave when hit on the hand by a line drive. Blake DeWitt banged a pair of doubles and both Cory Dunlap and Cole Bruce each singled twice. The Raptors are 7-9, four games out in the Pioneer South.

GCL DODGERS 3, Marlins 0
The Dodgers managed to get a victory in before Hurricane Charley arrived . Unfortunately, the storm closed the office to which the results were to have been reported so details are not available.

The hurricane also forced postponement of Vero Beach's game.

A wrist injury suffered by shortstop Luke May of Ogden is more serious than first believed and he's probably done for the season.