Johnson, Bell Shine In Hawaii League Victory

The North Shore CaneFires aren't off to a good start in the Hawaii Winter League but Sunday a group of Dodger farm hands brought their losing ways to a resounding halt.

With Steve Johnson making his second outstanding start, the CaneFires put Waikii away 6-3, ending a three-game losing streak in the process. And the hitting of some other Dodgers made sure that Johnson got his first victory which was only the second for the Fires. Johnson threw five innings in which he allowed only two hits and one run. Third baseman Josh Bell provided the big bat with a two-run homer in the ninth, his first. Ryan Rogowski had two hits and drove in a run while Kenley Jansen also came up with a pair of hits as well.

Johnson has now pitched nine innings in which he's posted a 1.00 ERA, walking only one batter while striking out eight. Bell is hitting .261 with six RBI, Rogowski is batting .280 while Jansen is only at .176. Jamie Hoffman, who was hitless in this game, has only a .220 mark while Russ Mitchell, who didn't play in this one, is at .253 with one homer and five RBI.

West Oahu has only a 2-5 record and trails North Shore by three games in their two-team division.

It's an understatement to say the other Dodger pitchers assigned to West Oahu aren't faring as well as Johnson. Garrett White has lost his only decision and has a 7.71 ERA and Kyle Wilson is even worse off with an 0-1, 18.90 record.

The Arizona Fall League meanwhile opens Tuesday.