Dodger Farm Report August 30th

Entering the final week of the regular season, the Dodgers appear to have one farm team -possibly two- headed for the playoffs. That one- Vero Beach- has been slowed in its move to get there and may now have lost ione of its key performers for the post-season.

Vero was stopped 7-4 by Jupiter Sunday ,meaning the Dodgers dropped three of the four games played there. However, the magic number needed to clinch the second half title has been reduced to three as they hold a five-game bulge over Palm Beach with six more games to go.

Even more important than the defeat was the fact that lefthander Mike Megrew, who threw seven no-hit innings his last time out , had to leave the game with an arm injury . Megrew, who has been sidelined at various times throughout the season with arm strain, only went two innings, giving up three runs to be saddled with the loss, leaving him with an 8-6 record.

Alex Requena had two hits and stole his 50th base of the season as the only Dodger to contribuite much on offense.


Fresno 8, LAS VEGAS 2. Chin Feng Chen returned from the Olympics, where he played for Taiwan, to hit his 20th home run , becoming the first member of the 51's ever to reach that total in three straight years. Henri Stanley also homered (No. 2) but Brian Falkenborg (4-6) was battered for six runs and the loss, leaving Vegas 13 out in the PCL South.

JACKSONVILLE 5, Montgomery 0. Ryan Ketchner (8-7) threw the first five innings of the shutout, then Augustin Montero and Luis Gonzalez finished it up. Shane Victorino (14) and Nelson Castro (11) hit homers. The Suns are 17 behind in the Southern League East.

Great Falls 8, OGDEN 5. The Raptors fell two back of Idaho Falls in an effort to join Provo in the Pioneer League South playoffs. David Parker (5-2) in relief of David Pfeiffer was the loser. Dave Nicholson had three hits , Justin Ruggiano, two.

COLUMBUS was rained out. The GCL DODGERS finished their season Saturday with a 31-29 record that tied them for second place in the East Division with the Marlins behind the Mets. Third baseman Jamie Hoffman had an oustanding season, leading the league in RBI (36), hits (71) triples (7) and runs (40) while batting .310. Righthander Howar Zuleta tied for the league lead in saves (7) and most appearances (23). Zuleta was promoted to Ogden after the season.