Dodger Farm Report August 18th

He's not quite ready yet but he definitely moved in that direction so the Dodgers still may get some vital moments from Hideo Nomo .

Nomo ,. whose season seems to have been written off with a series of subpar performances caused by recurrent arm miseries , looked something like the pitcher he once was, even in defeat for Las Vegas as he threw very well for the most part in a 6-0 setback to Sacramento Monday night.

It was the first rehab start for Nomo , who was a bit off form in the first inning when he surrendered a run on three hits but after that he gave only one more hit as he wound up going three, walking none while striking out five. He seemed to get into his rhythm more as the game progressed encouraging the Dodgers to think that come September he may still be a positive force for them.

Nomo wound up the loser so is 1-1 (since he was rehabbing with the 51's earlier in the year for that initial decision.) Unfortunately, Joel Hanrahan didn't fare nearly as well when he took over, being kicked around for five runs in two innings. Luis Garcia was the only Vegas hitter to do anything , collecting three singles. The 51's are 13 out in the PCL South.

Tennessee 5, JACKSONVILLE 1
The Suns managed only seven hits, two by Edwin Bellorin who doubled and singled to end an 0-17 skid. Glenn Bott (3-9) absorbed another loss, yielding four runs in five innings. The Suns are 12 1/2 behind in the Southern League East.

VERO BEACH 5, Palm Beach 1
Jonathan Broxton was in command as the Dodgers stretched their Florida State East lead to 3 1/2 games . Broxton was touched for only two hits while walking none in five innings. He struck out three in racking up his 10th win against six losses. A two-run double by Brian Sprout was the key blow and both Trey Dyson and Russ Martin added a pair of hits .

Lexington 7, COLUMBUS 1
The Legends got to Brandon Weeden (7-8) early , scoring three in the first , six in all off him before he departed after four. Russ Nixon banged two hits for the Catfish, who trail by 4 1/2 in the SAL South.

Billings 3, OGDEN 1
The Raptors, who have been longing for a strong start from a pitcher , received one from David Pfeifer but failed to back him as the bats were held still for the most part. Pfeifer (1-3) did his best work since reporting from the Gulf Coast League, allowing only two runs in six innings. Ogden is six behind in the Pioneer South and two back in its bid for a playoff spot.

GCL DODGERS 7-6, Mets 6-2
The Dodgers roared back into contention in the league's East Division by sweeping the first -place Met . They're now only 1/2 game out as a result of a six-game win streak but are tied with the Marlins for the runner-up position . Home runs by Jim Peterson (6) and Jesus Soto (3) carried them from behind in the first game. Julian DeLaCruz 3-5), who had surrendered the lead earlier, came back to gain the victory.

In the second game, they counted four times in the seventh to break a 2-all tie . Kalen Gearhart (3-0) threw four shutout innings to wind up the winner. Soto led the attack with a double and two singles and David Sutherland chipped in with three singles.

Jacksonville traded backup catcher Tony Socarras to the Mets for catcher Tom Wilson , a 33-year-old who spent the past two seasons up with the Blue Jays### James Loney, who hangs close to the plate when he bats, is losing time because of being hit by a pitch once again.. Loney, who had his wrist broken two years ago and a finger smashed earlier in this season, was bonked on the knee this time.