Minor League Report September 4

While Bill Shelley sets in the dark and watches palm trees blow across the front yard of his home in Vero Beach, we will try to fill in the final four games of the 2004 minor league season. The Vero Dodgers, the only team to make the playoffs, have called off their final games while hurricane Frances roars through but will enter the postseason battle as soon as things return to normal. The results for September 3 are pretty dismal with three losses in three contests.

Las Vegas 2 - Salt Lake 4-- Ryan Ketchner made his AAA debut a successful one, although he didn't get a 'W' for it, when he held Salt Lake to a single run over seven innings in a the loss. His only mistake was a solo home run to lead off the seventh inning that tied the game at one. After Vegas took a 2-1 margin, a critical error by first baseman Rick Bell with two outs in the top of the eighth allowed two unearned runs to score and Salt Lake added another unearned run in the inning. Right hander Tom Farmer (7-7) took the loss.

Jacksonville 4 - Carolina 9Carolina rallied for five runs in the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie. Reliever Agustin Montero, who entered the game having retired his last 13 batters, did not retire any of the first four he faced in the inning. Willy Aybar knocked in his career-high 75 RBI when he lined a two-run double in the third inning, giving the Suns a 3-0 lead. Brennan King singled to tie the score 4-4 in the fifth. Starter Luis Gonzalez walked five and allowed four runs in the third inning to tie the game 3-3.

Columbus postponed their game with Asheville due to the hurricane and (hopefully) will play a double bill today.

Ogden 6 - Idaho Falls 9--With the temperature a chilly 56 degrees, Idaho Falls won for the fourth straight time in the series. A day after being eliminated from postseason play, the Raptors built a 4-0 lead as Justin Ruggiano slugged a three-run homer in the third inning. The Raptors took a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the eighth but four Idaho hits and a fielding error cost five runs and the game. have finished their season and those not attending fall league action are already home watching the hurricane tear up the coast of Florida.

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