Dodger Farm Report September 2nd

Hurricane Frances has put a decided crimp into Vero Beach's plans to tune up for the Florida State League playoffs. Across the country, Idaho Falls seems to be making sure that Ogden's post-season notions fall into the category of "wishful thinking."

Having clinched the East Division second half, Vero was going to use the remaing four games of the regular season to get ready for its battle with first-half champ Daytona. Instead the league cancelled all remaining games in that division because of the looming storm. Now , the two teams will have to wait out the damage reports to see if they can open the playoffs as scheduled at Vero, Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Ogden lost to Idaho Falls for the second straight evening, this time 14-10 to drop 4 1/2 back of the Chukars with five games left, two of those against each other. Idaho Falls was all over starter Jordan Pratt (2-6) for seven runs and was just as unkind to Wesley Wright (four runs) and Howar Zuleta (three). The defense certainly didn't cooperrate for five of those were unearned.

Blake DeWitt slammed his 12th home run plus a single to drive in three runs , Chris Westervelt had three hits and Travis Denker sent No. 11 out plus a double as the offense responded in vain.


LAS VEGAS 6, Edmonton 4.John Barnes' fourth hit, a double, sent home Luis Garcia with the winning run to give the victory to Troy Brohawn (7-5), , who made his first start a fine one, allowing only three runs in seven innings. T. J. Mathews went two for his fourth save. Rick Bell hit his 35th double for the 51's, 13 out in the PCL South.

Greenville 3, JACKSONVILLE 2. A maddening loss, one of many for the Suns , who carried a 2-0 lead into the ninth only to see a wrong-field triple off Steve Schmoll (0-1) just fall in to snatch the decision away. Shane Victorino had an inside-the-parker , his 15th homer of the season. Glenn Bott held the Braves scoreless on two hits over four in the final home game of the season for the Suns, who are 16 1/2 behind in the Southern League East.

Greensboro 5-3, COLUMBUS 2-0. Two excellent pitching performances were wasted in a makeup doubleheader. In fact, lefthander Chuck Tiffany took a no-hitter into the sixth of the opener but was yanked after he walked the first man. That run counted off Brett Wayne (3-4) , who came in only to allow all the scoring . Tiffany struck out 13 while walking five.

The Catfish had only three hits in that one, then managed but four in the second . Jonathan Figueroa (3-7)was touched for only two hits and one unearned run in seven innings and that was enough to hand him another hard-luck loss.