Yesterday in Dodger Baseball -- April 16

Scott Erickson had a strong six-inning effort and Jeff Kent and Jason Phillips supplied the punch in an 8-3 win over the Padres. In an old fashioned slugfest Las Vegas outlasted Colorado Springs 14-13 with Chin-Feng Chen 3-for-5 with 4 RBI. Three unearned runs helped the Braves beat Jacksonville 4-3 despite James Loney's three-run home run. Vero Beach pitching made a two-run second inning hold up and the Catfish were hooked with four unearned runs in the 12th inning in a 14-10 loss.

LOS ANGELES, California--Scott Erickson (1-0) bounced back from a terrible first start and put together six solid innings Saturday night, in an 8-3 victory over the San Diego Padres in front of another sellout crowd of 54,704. Erickson battled his control through six solid innings, allowing just two runs and four hits and used his sinkerball to record 12 groundball outs. His work boosted the Dodgers to an 8-2 record and a four-game winning streak. Erickson, who earned his first National League win, had worked with pitching coach Jim Colborn to correct a small flaw in his mechanics that tipped hitters on his pitches. Cesar Izturis began the game with a single, stole second, went to third on a throwing error, then scored on a sacrifice fly by J.D. Drew to make it 1-0. Padres shortstop Khalil Greene was injured when Izturis slid into second and left the game with a broken right ring finger. Jason Phillips, who is hitting .333, had three hits, including a double, two RBI and a run scored. Ricky Ledee homered and Jeff Kent scored in his ninth consecutive game. Kent doubled, walked twice, stole a base and scored a run. Ledee, who started in left field, has seven hits, five for extra bases. In addition to Phillips and Ledee, Dodgers runs were driven in by J.D. Drew, Milton Bradley, Olmedo Saenz and Jason Grabowski.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--The 51s came from seven runs down to defeat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 14-13, in a PCL slugfest and improve to 4-4. The two teams combined for 27 runs, 30 hits and 7 home runs. The 51s trailed 8-1 entering the fifth inning. Las Vegas outscored the Sky Sox 12-1 from the fifth through the seventh innings against the Sox bullpen. The 51s scored three runs in the fifth inning, seven runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Right fielder Chin-Feng Chen stayed hot with 3-for-5 and 4 RBI. His three-run triple tied the game at 8-8. First baseman Brian Myrow (2-for-5, 4 RBI) and third baseman Willy Aybar (3-for-5) then hit back-to-back home runs to give Las Vegas a 10-8 lead. Las Vegas right-hander T.J. Nall started and pitched 5 innings, allowed 7 hits and 8 runs. Right-hander Mike Neu (1-0) recorded the victory with a scoreless sixth inning.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--Seemingly a generous opponent this year, the Suns (4-5) committed two errors and allowed several batters to reach base on routine plays in a 4-3 loss to the Braves. A two-base error in the first inning gave Mississippi a 1-0 advantage. Eric Hull (0-2) earned the loss, although he allowed only the unearned run over five innings. The first 12 Suns went out in order and an error in the sixth ran the Braves' lead to 4-0. James Loney hit a three-run home run to right field to account for all the Suns' scoring. The Suns' bullpen kept the score at 4-3 throughout the final three innings. Jason Olson pitched two scoreless innings, stranding a leadoff triple in the eighth. Beau Dannemiller delivered a perfect ninth. The Suns have committed 10 errors in its last three games.

VERO BEACH, Florida--The Dodgers scored two runs in the second inning and held on for a 2-1 win over Daytona. 2002 Baby Blue Pitcher of the Year Jonathan Figueroa (1-0), Chad Bailey and Mark Alexander (save #1) combined on the win. In the Second Inning, Edwin Bellorin led off with a single and Mayke Cabrera followed with a walk. Mike Nixon lined a single to left, scoring Bellorin and putting the Dodgers up 1-0. After Ryan Russ walked to load the bases, Chin-lung Hu hit into a double play that scored Cabrera. Figueroa pitched out of jams in the second and fourth innings. The only run he allowed was in the fifth. Bailey pitched a near-perfect 6th inning, then gave way to Alexander with two on in the seventh. The righthander needed one pitch to end the threat. Alexander struck out five hitters over the next two innings to earn his first save of the year.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--The good news was that the Columbus Catfish broke out of an early slump with a season-high 10 runs and 14 hits Saturday. The bad news was that the Rome Braves still won 14-10 in 12 innings. Catfish closer Cory Wade (0-1) allowed four unearned runs in the top of the 10th after first baseman Dan Batz hit a Rome baserunner with a throw as he was sliding into second. Four of the next six Rome batters singled. Columbus (2-7) trailed only twice before that-- 6-0 and 9-6. The Catfish took the lead in the bottom of the eighth on a David Nicholson RBI single. Columbus scored four runs in the eighth, including a long two-run home run by Lucas May, his second of the season. Reliever Chris Malone was one out away from a win in the bottom of the ninth but a home run tied the game 10-10. Second-round draft pick Blake Johnson breezed through the first three innings before giving up six runs in the fourth. The Catfish hitters improved after coming into Saturday's game with a .190 team average. Every Catfish position player except third baseman Blake DeWitt had at least one base hit.