Dodger Farm Report August 27th

It was a great story- or , at least, part of one, anyway. After playing for Greece in the Olympics, Nick Theodoreau took a plane from Athens to Las Vegas, arrived in time to come into the game as a pinch-hitter and single home the winniong run as the 51's edged Fresno 4-3 Thursday .

It would have been even better if Nick had just helped Greece win the gold but , of course, they didn't come close to that. Or if the base knock propelled Vegas into the middle of a tight pennant race but they're 15 games back in the PCL South. Still, it was a nice bit opf drama on a night where Hideo Nomo received generally good reviews on his latest rehab stint.

Nomo threw 85 pitches, many in the low 90's, over 5.1 innings in which he was touched up for five hits and three runs, walking two, striking out 10. Although he was reached for an early home run and triple, he did declare that he felt stronger as the game went along.

Joe Thurston continied his plate surge with two hits , Jose Flores also was good for two and Antonio Perez became the first player in franchise history with a 20 home run, 20 steal season when he sent one out. Tom Farmer (7-5) worked the final frame for the win.

Elsewhere :

JACKSONVILLE 8, Montgomery 3. The Suns scored five in the first and held on . Daylon Holt homered twice to drive in three runs , Brennan King doubled twice, Willie Aybar had a double and single and Shane Victorino , a pair of hits. Joel Guzman doubled to extend his hit streak to 12 games. Derek Thompson (5-7) had a solid outing- six innings, five hits, one run. The Suns are 17 behind in the Southern League East.

Jupiter 4, VERO BEACH 0. The Dodgers' win streak was snapped at five as that's the number of hits they could come up with - four singles and Tony Abreau's triple. Matt Merricks (1-2) allowed only a single tally in 5.2 but that was enough to pin the loss on him. Palm Beach was rained out so the Dodgers lead the Florida State East by five with nine to play.

Capital City 12, COLUMBUS 11. It was a wild one for sure. In fact, the winning run scored in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch by Brett Wayne (2-3). Brandon Wedden started and waa cuffed around for seven runs in 4.1 innings. Emilio Marcos slashed three hits with Jimmy Rohan, Luis Jimenez, and David Bagley all contributing two. The win was the ninth in a row for the streaking Bombers who lead the Catfish by 12 in the SAL South.

OGDEN 9, Billings 5. A monster evening for first-rounder Blake DeWitt, who sent a three run shot out in the first and kept right on, adding three more run-producing singles for a six- RBI evening. Travis Denker tripled and singled twice as well . Jordan Pratt started shakily, then regrouped , being reached for only three hits but five runs in 4.1 . On came Brian Akin for his best effort as a pro, 3.1 with nary a hit making his first decision a victory. The Raptors are 1 1/2 behind Idaho Falls for the final playoff spot in the Pioneer South.

GCL DODGERS 4, Marlins 3. Having been eliminated in the East Division by the pennant-winning Mets, the Dodgers moved to winin one game of the second-place Marlins with two to go. Javy Guerra (4-1) continued his fine showing of late with five innings in which he held the Marlins to three hits and a solitary run. David Sutherland was the only Dodger with two hits.

INJURY UPDATE - An X-ray revealed that outfielder Cody Ross has a broken right wrist, the result of being hit by a pitch. It will cost him the remainder of the season and a September call-up to the Dodgers for which he had been slated.

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