*** Los Angeles Dodgers Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
LAS VEGAS 51s - Las Vegas was shut out on Sunday, 6-0 by Sacramento. As a result, the team failed to get back to .500 on the year, falling to 8-10 and into third-place in the South Division of the Pacific Coast League. The 51s and the River Cats have split the first two games of the series and will continue their four-game set on Monday. There wasn't much offense to speak of from Las Vegas on Sunday, but first baseman Luis Garcia and DH Rick Bell each tallied a pair of hits. Garcia leads the 51s in batting this season with a .333 average. He has collected two hits in each of the last three games and leads the team in both home runs (three) and RBI (10).
JACKSONVILLE SUNS - Jacksonville had its five-game win streak come to a crashing halt on Sunday, with a 4-1 loss to Carolina. The setback to the Mudcats was the team's first at home this year (9-1). The Suns are still sitting atop the East Division of the Southern League, with a 13-4 record. RHP Harold Eckert (2-0, 2.65 ERA) was promoted to Class AAA Las Vegas on Sunday and will make his triple-A debut this week. Eckert missed two seasons after his senior year in college due to arm surgery, but has needed just three career AA starts to move up. Derek Michaelis was reassigned from Las Vegas to the Suns, where he faltered a bit, going just 3-for-15 (.200) in four games. LHP Randy Leek was activated from the disabled list and will take Eckert's spot in the rotation on Tuesday vs. Mobile.
COLUMBUS CATFISH - The Catfish erupted for nine runs in a 9-5 win over Lakewood on Sunday, extending the team's current win streak to three games. Columbus, which has taken the first two games of the four-game set with the BlueClaws, will finish things up with Lakewood on Monday and Tuesday. The team's current success pushed the Catfish to 9-7 on the season, 3 1/2 games out of first place in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League. Outfielder Xavier Paul has a 10-game hit streak heading into this week and was the hero in Sunday's win with a home run and four RBI.
VERO BEACH DODGERS - Vero Beach completed a brief two-game sweep of Jupiter on Sunday with a 10-3 thrashing of the Hammerheads. Leadoff man Brett Dowdy did his job, going 3-for-3 in the game, while first baseman Scott Gillitzer had a huge outing, going 3-for-4, with five RBI. Despite winning two in a row, the Dodgers are still trying to claw their way out of a hole, as they are just 7-11 on the year, and 5 1/2 games out of first place in the East Division of the Florida State League. The team has won back-to-back games for the first time this season and the 10 runs scored on Sunday were by far the team's best production to date, having not scored more than six runs in any game prior.