Minor League Results September 5

Dodger farm clubs squeezed out three wins in four games on Sunday in games that meant absolutely nothing in the standings but a good deal to the young men battling through the final games of the 2004 minor league system. Las Vegas, Columbus and Ogden collected 'Ws' but Jacksonville fell short. Columbus cancelled the final game of the season due to safety factors resulting from hurricane Frances, so the other three teams will play their final games today.

Las Vegas 8 - Salt Lake 7--Third baseman Rick Bell's two-out double off the left field wall in the bottom of the ninth scored shortstop Antonio Perez, who had tied the game with an RBI single moments earlier.

The winning started off with a Nick Theodorou single, who advanced to second base on Jose Flores' (2-for-4) sacrifice bunt. Perez singled to tie the game before first baseman Luis Garcia struck out and right fielder John Barnes was intentionally walked to set up a force out when Bell came to the plate. He then drove a 2-0 pitch off the wall directly down the left field line.

Righty Heath Totten (8-11) pitched the final four innings for the win, relieving right-handed starter Edwin Jackson.

Bell and Perez led the 51s offense, with the former going 4-for-4 with a run and three RBI, and the latter going 3-4 with two runs scored. The 51s had a total of 14 hits.

Jacksonville 5 - Carolina 6--The Suns fought back from a 6-1 deficit with four runs in the eighth but fell short. Nelson Castro and Willy Aybar each hit two-run singles in the rally.

Glenn Bott (4-11) took the loss but drove in his first career run, a groundout scoring Daylan Holt in the fifth inning. Bott was wild, issuing eight walks. The Suns finished with 11, a team high on the year.

Relief pitcher Franquelis Osoria was struck in the face by a line drive in the eighth inning on Saturday. He suffered a concussion, fractured nose and a facial laceration.

C Eric Langill doubled to lead off the eighth inning, the first Suns extra-base hit in 17 innings.

Columbus 3 - Asheville 2--Chad Bailey turned in five and two-thirds strong innings, allowing only one run. Bailey (W, 2-3) walked one and struck out seven. The one run he allowed came on a third-inning solo homer by Asheville infielder Simon Ferrer.

The Catfish struck for three runs in the bottom of the fourth when Luis Jimenez led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on Dave Bagley's ground ball. Both Catfish runners scored on a Luis Castillo a double. A single by Jared Price and an RBI fielder's choice by Emilio Marcos allowed the third run to score.

Brett Wayne pitched the final three and a third innings of the game to earn his fifth save.

The Catfish cancelled the final game of the series due to high winds, precipitation, and concern for the safety of fans and players.

Ogden 11 - Provo 10--Cole Bruce drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded ground out in the bottom of the 8th and Cory Dunlap and Travis Denker slugged home runs in the wild win.

Trailing 3-0, Bruce started the Raptors comeback with a one-out single. After three straight with a wild pitch in the middle, Dunlap grounded out to score the second run, then Chris Westervelt walked to again load the bases. Justin Ruggiano followed with a double to score two and put the Raptors on top 4-3.

Provo built a 8-4 lead before Dunlap's home run, a leadoff shot in the 5th that cut the deficit to two. In the 6th inning with two outs, David Nicholson drew his second walk of the night and Denker followed with his home run. Blake DeWitt banged a double off the wall in and Dunlap drew an intentional walk. Westervelt walked to load the bases, and Ruggiano walked to score another run and tie the game. Dan Batz and B.J. Richmond then came up with RBI singles, to put Ogden up 10-8.

Pesky Provo answered with a second two-run home run of the night to tie the game in the 7th. But in the 8th, Ruggiano was hit by a pitch. Batz and Richmond both singled to load the bases. Then Bruce grounded out to first base and that scored the winning run.

Mark Alexander pitched the final two innings to notch his third win of the season.