Vero Dumped in Florida State League Playoffs

The Vero Beach Dodgers dropped two straight games to the Daytona Cubs in the Florida State League East Division series. They lost the first game 10-8 and the deciding contest 6-2. The teams were forced to move their games to a minor league facility in Clearwater after Hurricane Frances damaged Holman Stadium and Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona.

Winds from the storm blew over the Holman Stadium scoreboard, destroyed lights and bent a backstop screen, said Trevor Gooby, general manager of the Dodgers' Class-A affiliate. The storm also toppled trees throughout Dodgertown, the Dodgers' spring training facility. Gooby said repairs could not be made to Holman Stadium in time for the series.

The Dodgers and Daytona Cubs shifted their best-of-three series against to the west coast of Florida that had not been damaged.

Playing on a neutral site took away the excitement of playoff baseball and despite the fact that no admission was charged, attendance was 60 the first day and 68 the second.

September 8 - 9-10 Daytona-- Following a seven-day layoff, Vero Beach lost their opener to Daytona, 10-8, in Clearwater. Vero Beach was to have hosted Game 1 of the first-round playoff series at Dodgertown's Holman Stadium. However the effects of Hurricane Frances left the field unplayable.

Jonathan Broxton started for the Dodgers and pitched one-hit ball for the first five innings as the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead on Tony Abreu's solo homer in the first inning and RBI double in the fifth.

But Broxton hadn't worked in more than two weeks and was on a pitch count of 75. When he left in the sixth, the Cubs pounded the Vero relief staff and withstood Andy LaRoche's seventh-inning grand slam to preserve the victory.

The Dodgers tied it at 4 with two runs in the home half of the sixth, but the Cubs batted around again in the seventh against Rich Bartlett and Eric Stults.

Etanislao Abreu banged out three hits, including a home run, scored twice and knocked in two. Andy LaRoche belted a grand slam in the seventh. The Dodgers had won the season series with the Cubs 11-8. Vero Beach had the better second half, winning the FSL East with a 42-23 mark. Daytona was 30-27 in the second half after winning the first half with a 40-29 record. September 9 - 2-6 Daytona--The Cubs 6-2 victory Thursday clinched the best-of-3 FSL East Division series although the Dodgers outhit Daytona 11-10.

The Dodgers took an early 1-0 lead but the Cubs took a 2-1 lead in the fourth off starter Matt Merrick. He was knocked out in the fifth inning after allowing four runs (three earned). Alfredo Gonzalez, Jamaal Hamilton and Chris Hoorelbeke followed on the mound with little success.

Ty Dyson singled twice in two trips and knocked in both Vero Beach Runs. Scott Gillitzer doubled and tripled but didn't score. Andy LaRoche also had a pair of hits.