Dodger Farm Report August 15th

His name is pronounced "Hoo", which clearly lends itself to all sorts of Abbott and Costello routines. His diminutive stature could lead you to believe he's the batboy. On the field , though, Chin-lung Hu is absolutely no joke . His play at short stirs up thoughts of Cesar Izturis. And he may be only 5-9 , 150 but this native of Taiwan can swing a bat with the big boys.

Saturday night in Palm Beach, the Vero Beach Dodgers had lost the first game of a doubleheader to the Cardinals , their closest pursuer in the Florida State East, 4-3 . They needed some big performances to stop a slide before it could become dangerous and Hu did just that, lining a double and two singles to drive in three runs in a 4-1 victory that left them still 3 1/2 up on top.

Certainly, Clint Hosford (4-1) was up to the occasion as well , going the seven-inning distance , allowing just three hits . Russ Martin was 2-2, stealing a pair of bases as well. Vero thus bounced back nicely from the opening setback in which it managed only three hits, two of them doubles by Hu (now batting .322 since his call up from Columbus ) and Delwyn Young, his 34th, a franchise record. Newly-acquired Matt Merricks (1-1) was pinned with the loss.

Elsewhere :
LAS VEGAS 7, Sacramento 3
Byron Myrow slammed a pair of homers ,(Nos. 4 & 5 ) in a four-hit performance and Mark Johnson (5-1) was strong on the mound , allowing only two earned runs in seven innings. Jason Repko and Joe Thurston both doubled and singled and Eric Riggs chipped in with two singles . Troy Brohawn gained his fourth save by pitching the final two . The 51's are 14 out in the PCL South.

Tennessee 10, JACKSONVILLE 7
Brad Cresse, son for former longtime Dodger bullpen coach Mark, ripped a three-run shot in the 190th to send the Suns to their fourth straight loss and put them 13 back in the Southern League East. L:uis Gonzalez (0-3) served up the dinger but Franquelis Osoria was the real culprit, being kicked around for five runs in two innings after starter Derek Thompson had allowed only two in five. Shane Victorino had a double and two singles , Sergio Garcia , a double and single and James Loney , a pair of singles.

Charleston, W. Va. 5, COLUMBUS 3
It was a tough loss for Jonathan Figueroa, who had thrown six scoreless before yielding two runs in the seventh which were enough to drop him to 3-6 for the season. Xavier Paul was the only Catfish doing any real hitting with a double and single. The Fish have now lost four in a row and are 4 1/2 behind in the SAL South.

Idaho Falls 9, OGDEN 7
The Raptors have to take the Chukars for any hope of gaining the last spot available in the Pioneer League playoffs but are now two back of them after their pitching failed once again. Blake Johnson was decent enough at the beginning , being reached for three earned runs in five but the Chuks were all over Cory Wade for five in 1.1. Dan Batz sent his third homer out, B. J. Richmond smashed three doubles , Ryan Russ doubled and singled and Dave Nicholson, Cory Dunlap and Justin Ruggiano had two hits apiece.

GCL DODGERS 3, Marlins 2
The Dodgers pulled into a tie for second in the East Division with the Marlins , 2 1.2 back of the Mets by coming back after a rain delay to win on Jim Peterson's fifth home run. Kenny Plaisance (4-1) was touched for only one hit in three innings of relief . Marshall Looney threw two shutout innings before the Marlins came up with two unearned runs off rehabbing Ozzie Rodriguez. Both Jesus Soto and Rotsen Gil banged a double and single .It was the fourth win in a row for L.A. 's entry.