Dukes Game Summaries and Notes -- by Robert Smathers

DUKES GAME SUMMARIES/NOTES - by Robert Smathers
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Tuesday September 3

The Dukes season is over, but stay tuned here for the PCL Playoff
notes (a quick summary for the games as the PCL champ is crowned).
. . . 

Monday September 2

The Dukes and Sky Sox finish their series and their season with
a game at Sky Sox Stadium. . . .   Sunday afternoon, recent callup
Willie Romero's homer broke a 2-2 tie and the Dukes went on to
beat the Sky Sox 6-5.  Narciso Elvira went 6 1/3 innings, giving
up 8 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts as he
was able to earn his first victory in a Dukes suit.  Elvira is 1-1.
Sky Sox reliever Bobby Jones, who gave up Romero's 3 run homer in
the fifth, took the loss.  He is 2-8.  The game took 3 hours 4 minutes
and 3,086 attended.

Sunday September 1

The Dukes and Sky Sox continue their series. . . . .  On Saturday,
the Sky Sox swept a doubleheader from the Dukes.  In game one,
former-Dukes Albert Bustillos pitched a complete, 7 inning game 
shutout, scattering 9 hits.  The Sky Sox won 6-0.  Dukes starter
Mark Mimbs (8-8) took the loss.  The game took 2 hours.  In game
two, the Sky Sox beat the Dukes 4-2.  Ryan Hawblitzel (7-6) got the
win, while Dukes starter Matt Herges (4-1) took the loss.  Pedro
Castellano homered for the Sky Sox and recently promoted Albuquerque
Duke (last name Konerko) homered for the Dukes.  The game took 2
hours and 4,049 attended.

Saturday August 31

The Dukes and Sky Sox continue their series at Sky Sox Stadium
in Colorado Springs. . . .  Friday evening, Todd Helton helped
the Sky Sox beat the Dukes 7-6.  Helton's two-run homer in the
fourth helped the Sky Sox make a 2-1 Dukes lead into a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, with the game tied at 6, Helton's
RBI won the game for the Sky Sox.  Albuquerqu reliever Dan
Hubbs (7-1) took the loss, Colorado Springs reliever Joe Ausaino
(1-1) got the win.  The game took 3 hours 37 minutes and 3,779
attended at Sky Sox Stadium.

Friday August 30

The Dukes hit the road for their final road series of the
season, a 5 game, 4 day road trip up I-25 to Colorado Springs
to play the Sky Sox. . . .   Thursday's game against Tacoma
was postponed due to wet grounds and rain.  The game will not
be made up as both teams do not play each other again in 1996
and the game is meaningless as the Dukes were eliminated Tuesday
from the PCL Second Half playoff title race. 

Thursday August 29

The Dukes and Rainiers conclude their series at the Sports
Stadium.  It also marks the last home game of the season.
. . . In Wednesday's game, Carlos Hernandez's RBI single with
the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth gave the Dukes a 4-3
victory over the Tacoma Rainiers.  Tacoma scored once in the first.
Albuquerque scored twice in the third to take a 2-1 lead.  Tacoma 
regained the lead at 3-2 with 2 runs in the fourth.  The Dukes tied
the game in the sixth and won it in the bottom of the ninth on 
Hernandez's RBI.  Dukes reliever Mike Harkey (7-11) got the win,
Rainiers reliever Mac Suzuki (0-3) got the loss.  The game took
2 hours 23 minutes to play and 3,190 attended at the Sports
Stadium.

Wednesday August 28

The Dukes and Rainiers play game three of their series at the
Sports Stadium. . . . The Dukes and Rainiers split a doubleheader
on Tuesday evening.  In game one, Matt Herges pitched a complete
game (7 inning length for doubleheader games) as the Dukes
defeated the Rainiers 4-1.  Oreste Marrero drove in all 4 Dukes
runs.  He had a RBI single in the first inning and a three-run
homer in the fifth.  Tacoma got their lone run in the third
inning.  Tim Harikkele (7-13) took the loss for the Rainiers.
Herges improved his record to 4-0.  That game took 1 hour 46
minutes.  In the nightcap, the Rainiers won 6-0.  They
scored once in the third, four in the fifth, and once in the
sixth innings.  Albuquerque starter Narciso Elvira made his second
start and went 4 2/3 innings, giving up 4 hits, 5 runs (4 earned),
5 walks, and 5 strikeouts.  Rusty Meacham, recently acquired
by the Mariners and sent to Tacoma, started for the Rainiers
and went 6 innings.  Meacham (2-0) got the win, Elvira (0-1) took
the loss.  The game took 2 hours 5 minutes and 3,016 fans enjoyed
the two-for-one offer.

Tuesday August 27

The Dukes and Rainiers continue their series. . . . On Monday
evening, the Dukes were rained out.  The game against the Rainiers
is to be made up today.

Monday August 26

The Dukes return home for their last homestand of the season.  They
play a 4 game series against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners). . . .
The Dukes ended their last game of the roadtrip (and of the series with
the Firebirds).  The Dukes won 3-2 in 16 innings.  Phoenix scored
once in the first and second innings.  The Dukes scored once in the
fourth and fifth innings to tie the game.  In the 16th inning, Roger
Cedeno's homer proved to be the game winner.  Dan Hubbs pitched
the 14th, 15th, and 16th innings and earned his seventh win (7-0).
Phoenix reliever Gil Heredia (0-5) took the loss.  The game took
4 hours 33 minutes and 3,684 attended.

Sunday August 25

The Dukes and Firebirds conclude their series. . . . In Saturday's
game, the Dukes took a pitching-duel, 1-0.   Both pitchers went
the distance, Mark Mimbs for the Dukes and Dan Carlson for
the Firebirds.  Chad Fonville walked to lead off the game, moved
to second when the second batter of the game, Wilton Guerrero,
walked.  Fonville moved to third on Roger Cedeno's fielders choice
and scored while the Firebirds were tagging Cedeno out in a rundown 
during a pickoff play.   Mimbs line was 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0
BB, 7 SO.  Carlson went 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 SO.
The pitching duel took a speedy 2 hours 1 minute and 6,313 attended.

Saturday August 24

The Dukes and Firebirds play game three of their series at Scottsdale
Stadium. . . .  In game two, the Firebirds beat the Dukes 4-2.  Phoenix
scored three times in the third inning.  Phoenix starter Steve
Soderstrom scored the first run on J.P. Roberge's error.  Later in
the inning, Keith Williams and Tim Flores had run-scoring hits.           
Albuquerque scored twice in the sixth inning to make it 3-2 Phoenix.
Eric Fox scored on a wild pitch and Roger Cedeno scored on Wilton
Guerrero's single.  Phoenix scored their last run in the seventh
when Williams delivered another RBI single.  Dukes starter Gary
Rath (9-11) took th eloss, Soderstrom (7-8) got the win.  The game
took 2 hours 29 minutes to play and 3,692 attended.

Friday August 23

The Dukes and Firebirds continue their series in Scottsdale. . . .  In
the opener of the series, the Dukes won 2-1.  Matt Herges started
for the Dukes while Chris Hook started for Phoenix.  The Dukes got on the
scoreboard first.  Eric Fox's RBI single scored Chris Demetral.  Phoenix
tied the game in the fourth when Calvin Murray singled scoring Dan
Peltier.   The Dukes got the game winner in the sixth inning.  With
Ken Huckaby on second base, Oreste Marrero hit a grounder  to Peltier
at first base.  The ball deflected off of Peltier's glove and ended
up in short right field.  Huckaby raced home on the error.  Herges
had a decent night.  He went six innings, giving up 9 hits, 1 run (unearned),
3 walks and 4 strikeouts.   Herges (3-0) got the win, Mike Harkey picked
up his 11th save, and Hook (7-9) took the loss.  The game took 2 hours
30 minutes to play and 3,473 attended at Scottsdale Stadium.

Thursday August 22

The Dukes continue their roadtrip with a 4 game series in Scottsdale
against the Phoenix Firebirds. . . .  The Dukes (and the rest of the PCL)
had the day off.

Wednesday August 21

The Dukes have the day off. . . .  In the conclusion of the series
with the Stars, the Dukes lost yet again, 6-5, and fell to 6 1/2
games behind division leader Las Vegas.  Las Vegas swept the series.
The Dukes put up five runs in the third inning to make it a 5-2 Dukes
lead.  Oreste Marrero's grand-slam homer was the big blow in that five
run third.  The Stars pulled to 5-4 with a 2 run homer by Sean Mulligan.
The Stars then rallied for 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.
Dukes reliever Mike Harkey loaded the bases and Gary Scott's single
tied the game at 5.  Ricardo Ingram's fielders choice scored
the winning run.  Stars reliever Paul Abbott (4-2) got the win,
Harkey (6-11) got the loss.  The game took 2 hours 54 minutes and
4,514 attended. . . .   In Dukes roster moves, Narciso Elvira was promoted
to the Dukes and he got the start Tuesday.

Tuesday August 20

The Dukes and Stars conclude their series. . . .  In game three, the 
Stars beat the Dukes 5-0.  Las Vegas scored once in the second,
twice in the seventh, and twice in the eighth innings.  Stars
starter Denny Harriger (8-7) got the win, Dukes starter Felix
Rodriguez (3-9) took the loss.  The game took 2 hours 44 minutes
and 5,280 attended.

Monday August 19

The Dukes and Stars play game 3 of their series at Cashman Field.
. . .  On Sunday Night, the Stars won 6-5 and increased their lead
over the Dukes to 4.5 games.  Chris Dishman started for the Stars
while Mark Mimbs started for the Dukes.  Albuquerque got a 3-0
lead early on Mike Busch's 3 run homer.  The Stars scored once
in the secnd and fourth innings to cut the Dukes lead to 3-2.  The
Stars got three runs in the seventh to take a 5-3 lead.  The Dukes
tied it up in the ninth inning on J.P. Roberge's 2 run homer.  In
the bottom of the ninth, the Stars won it with a groundout.  Stars
reliever Paul Abbott (3-2) got the win, Dukes reliever Mike Harkey
(6-10) took the loss.  The game took 3 hours 3 minutes and 3,330
attended.

Sunday August 18

The Dukes and Stars continue their series. . . . In the opener
of the series, the Stars won 5-2 and increased their PCL Southern
Division lead over the Dukes to 3.5 games.   Pete Smith started
for the Stars while Gary Rath took the mound for the Dukes.  In
the third inning, the Stars loaded the bases and Jim Tatum doubled
to right-center, clearing the bases.  The Dukes got on the board
in the fourth when Mike Busch solo-homered.  In the fifth, the Stars
scored twice more.  An unearned run and a RBI single by Smith accounted
for the two runs.  The Dukes scored their final run in the seventh.
Mike Busch singled and later scored on a wild pitch.  Smith (10-8)
got the win, Paul Abbott picked up his sixth save, and Rath (9-10)
took the loss for the Dukes.  The game took 2 hours 48 minutes
and 11,145 attended at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.

Saturday August 17

The Dukes hit the road.  Their first stop is Las Vegas to play
the Stars at Cashman Field. . . .  In the last game of the homestand
and the series with the Buzz, the Dukes won 4-0.  Matt Herges was
taken out of his long relief role and into the starting rotation 
and he delivered with a complete game shutout.  Herges gave up
6 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts.  Herges got all the runs he
needed when Mike Busch (freshly demoted from LA) had a solo
homer in the second.  The Dukes scored their last 3 runs in the
eighth.  Ron Maurer doubled and Ken Huckaby was hit by a pitch.
A wild pitch moved Maurer to third and Huckaby to second.  Chad
Fonville's sacrifice fly scored Maurer.  Eric Fox walked and
Roger Cedeno's infield bunt scored Huckaby.  Fox scored when
Oreste Marrero singled.  Herges (2-0) got the win, Buzz starter
LaTroy Hawkins (8-7) took the loss.  The game took 2 hours 19
minutes and 4,992 attended.

Friday August 16

The Dukes conclude their homestand and the series against the Buzz
at the Sports Stadium. . . .  In game three, the Buzz beat the
Dukes 9-3.  Salt Lake scored three in the first and one in the second
off of Dukes starter Eric Weaver to take a 4-0 lead.  A 2-RBI double
by Ken Huckaby in the sixth made it 4-2 Buzz.  In the seventh,
the Buzz scored three more times.  Todd Walker had a two-run homer
and Damian Miller had a RBI double.   J.P. Roberge's RBI single made
it 7-3 and the Buzz scored two more in the eighth to make it the 
final 9-3.  Buzz starter Phil Stidham (10-4) got the win, Weaver
(1-4) took the loss.  The game took 3 hours 5 minutes and 3,671
attended. . . .  In Dukes roster moves, IF Wilton Guerrero was
placed on the DL with anemia.  Guerrero has been extremely 
fatigued lately and he will fly out to Los Angeles to visit
Dodger team doctors and try to get his condition under control.

Thursday August 15

The Dukes and Buzz play game three of their series at the Sports
Stadium. . . .  On Wednesday, the Buzz beat the Dukes 4-2.  Salt Lake
got single runs in the second and third.  The Dukes scored once in the
bottom of the fourth to make it 2-1 Salt Lake.  Salt Lake scored twice
in the top of the fifth and the Dukes got their final run in the
eighth.  Travis Miller (8-10) got the win, Dukes starter Felix
Rodriguez (3-8) got the loss.  The game took 3 hours 16 minutes
and 2,753 attended. 

Wednesday August 14

The Dukes and Buzz continue their series. . . .  Ron Maurer single-handedly
gave the Dukes a 4-3 victory.  Maurer had a three run homer in the fifth
and a RBI double in the sixth to account for all 4 Dukes runs.  The Buzz
scored twice in the fourth and once in the sixth for their 3 runs.
The Dukes pitching staff of Mark Mimbs, Matt Harges and Mike Harkey
were able to hold the Buzz through the game to make the 4 Dukes runs
enough for the victory.  Mimbs (7-7) got the win, Harkey got his
10th save, and the loser was Buzz starter Dan Serafini (5-6).  The
game took 2 hours 48 minutes and 3,083 attended. . . .  In Dukes
roster moves, the Dodgers activated Tom Candiotti from the DL and
demoted Jim Bruske to the Dukes.

Tuesday August 13
 
The Dukes and Salt Lake City Buzz begin a 4 game series at the
Sports Stadium. . . .  In the closer of the series, the Dukes
beat the Toros 4-1.  Chris Holt took the mound for the Toros
while Gary Rath started for the Dukes.  Rath had another great
game (almost going all the way).  This came on the heels of his
last outing where he pitched a complete game shutout against the
Sky Sox at the Sports Stadium.  Rath went 8 innings, giving up 5 hits,
one earned run, 3 walks, and 10 strikeouts.  The Dukes took a quick
1-0 lead in the first.  Wilton Guerrero tripled and Oreste Marrero
had a RBI single.  In the fourth, the Dukes picked up another run 
when Marrero homered (a solo shot).  The Toros scored in the seventh
on Holt's sacrifice fly and the Dukes picked up their final two
runs in the eighth (one of those on J.P. Roberge's sacrifice fly).
Rath (9-9) got the win, Holt (9-6) took the loss, and Mike Harkey
picked up his ninth save.  The game took 2 hours 31 minutes and
2,839 attended. . . .  In roster moves, Reggie Williams is out for
the season with a stress fracture in his ankle.  Billy Lott may end
up on the DL soon also.  He is being bothered by a hip problem.  

Monday August 12

The Dukes and Toros conclude their series at the Sports Stadium.
. . .  In game three, the Toros walloped the Dukes 16-4.  The
offensive heroes of the game for the Toros were Mike Simms
and Jerry Goff.  Each had a 3-run homer in the game.  The Toros 
scored three times in the first, five in the second, four in the
third, and four in the fourth.  The Dukes got one in the first
and two in the second.  After 4 innings, it was 16-3 Toros.
The Dukes got their last run in the fifth.  The linescores,
as would be expected, were horrible for the Dukes pitchers in
the first four innings.  Starter Eric Weaver went 1 2/3 innings,
giving up 4 hits, 8 runs (3 earned), 2 BB and 3 SO.  The first
Dukes reliever, Dan Hubbs, didn't do any better.  He went
1 1/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 7 runs (all earned), 1 walk,
and 2 strikeouts.  It took the combo of relievers Jose Garcia,
Calvin Jones, and Joe Lagarde to hold the Toros (the three combined
pitched the last six innings, giving up 5 hits, 1 run (earned),
walking 1 and striking out 5.  Weaver (1-3) got the loss, Toros
starter Bronswell Patrick (5-3) got the win.  The game took
3 hours 1 minute and 4,283 attended. . . .  In Dukes roster
moves, the Dodgers called up Tim Wallach from Class A San Bernardino
and demoted IF Mike Busch to Albuquerque.  Busch should be joining
the team in the 4 game series at home against the Salt Lake Buzz.

Sunday August 11

The Dukes and Toros continue their series. . . .  In game two,
the Dukes beat the Toros 7-3.  Bob Mlicki took the mound for the 
Toros, Felix Rodriguez took the mound for the Dukes.  Albuquerque
scored once in the first inning ad the Toros answered with one
of their own in the top of the second to tie the game.  Albuquerque
scored three times in the bottom of the second.  Rodriguez delivered
a RBI single, Chad Fonville had a sacrifice fly, and Wilton Guerrero
had a RBI single to right-center.  The Toros scored twice on
Mike Simm's 2-RBI double in the top of the third to pull within a
run at 4-3.  The Dukes added single runs in the fifth, sixth,
and eighth innings to make it the final 7-3 score.  Rodriguez
(3-7) got the win, his first of the season at the Sports Stadium (15
home starts).  Mlicki (4-9) took the loss.  The game took 2 hours
55 minutes and 4,536 attended.

Saturday August 10

The Dukes and Toros play game two of their series at the Sports
Stadium. . . .  In the opener, the Toros came from behind to beat
the Duke 6-5.  Albuquerque scored one run in the first and third
innings.  In the fourth, the Duke scored three times.  Ken Huckaby
had a RBI single, Mark Mimbs had a RBI triple, and Mimbs scored
on a wild pitch.  The Toros then went to work.  They scored once
in the fifth on a solo homer by newly-demoted Mike Simms.  In
the sixth, the Toros got one more run when Dukes reliever Jose
Garcia had a wild pitch with the bases loaded.  The Toros got
one more run in the seventh on Chris Hatcher's solo homer.  The Toros
scored twice more in the eighth on Mike Simm's 2 run homer (his
second homer of the night) and what would be the game winner
for the Toros happened in the ninth inning when Roger Luce
solo-homered.  Toros reliever Jeff Tabaka (5-1) got the win,
John Johnstone got his fourth save, and Dukes reliever Mike
Harkey (6-9) took the loss.  The game took 2 hours 35 minutes
and 4,499 attended.

Friday August 9

The Dukes and Tucson Toros begin a 4 game series at the Sports
Stadium. . . .  The Dukes and Sky Sox were rained out on Thursday.

Thursday August 8

The Dukes and Sky Sox conclude their series. . . .  In game three, the
Dukes beat the Sky Sox 5-0.  Gary Rath pitched a complete game, 4 hit
shutout (walking 3 and striking out 6).  Albuquerque scored three runs
in the first inning.  Chad Fonville singled and scored on Wilton
Guerrero's triple.  The rains came and the game was delayed for one
hour 9 minutes.  After the rain delay, Roger Cedeno walked and stole
second.  On the stolen base play, Sky Sox catcher Jorge Brito's throw
went into center field and Guerrero scored.  Cedeno went to third on
a balk by Sky Sox starter John Thomson and scored Billy Lott's groundout.
The Dukes added two more in the seventh -- Cedeno tripled, scoring 
Guerrero and Cedeno scored on Oreste Marrero's sacrifice fly.  Thomson
(2-4) took the loss, Rath (8-9) got the win.  The game tok 2 hours
38 minutes and 2,967 attended. . . .  Dukes history was made before
Thursday's game.  The Dukes retired Tommy Lasorda's number 11 that
he wore as manager of the Dukes in 1972.  Lasorda's number 11 is the
first number retired by the Dukes.  Lasorda is in town to evaluate
the Dukes for possible callups or trades.          

Wednesday August 7

The Dukes and Sky Sox continue their series at the Sports Stadium.
. . .  In the second game of the series, the Sky Sox beat the Dukes
7-3.  Colorado Springs scored twice in the first to take a 2-0 lead.
The Dukes took the lead in the third by scoring 3 times.  The Sky
Sox tied the game in the fourth and took a one run lead in the
fifth.  The Sky Sox added one more in the seventh and two in
the eighth to finish the scoring.  Brian Rekar (7-7) got the win,
Eric Weaver (1-2) took the loss.  The game took 3 hours 15 minutes
to play and 8,205 (including new Dodgers Vice President Tom Lasorda)
witnessed the action.

Tuesday August 6

The Dukes and Sky Sox play game 2 of their series at the Sports
Stadium. . . .  In the opener of the series, the Sky Sox used
a grand slam from Jorge Brito to beat the Dukes 6-2.  Albuquerque
scored twice in the bottom of the second using Ron Maurer's single
to right center, scoring both Carlos Hernandez and Billy Lott.
The Sky Sox scored five in the fourth -- 4 on the Brito Grand Slam
and the other run on Pedro Castellano's RBI single.  The Sky Sox
added their last run of the night in the eighth.  Sky Sox starter
Rodney Pedresa (1-0) got the win, Dukes starter Felix Rodriguez
(2-7) took the loss.  The game took 2 hours 42 minutes and 5,209
attended at the Sports Stadium.

Monday August 5

The Dukes come back home to the Sports Stadium, hosting the
Colorado Spring Sky Sox (AAA Rockies). . . .  In the last game
of the roadtrip and of the series with the Buzz, the Dukes lost
12-1.  Salt Lake scored first in the third inning.  Albuquerque
scored once in the fourth inning on a Carlos Hernandez RBI single.
The Buzz then put away the game in the bottom of the fourth, scoring
10 times in the sixth inning.  The Buzz scored their last run in
the seventh to make it the final of 12-1.  Travis Miller (6-10)
got the win for the Buzz, Dukes starter Mark Mimbs (6-6) took the 
loss.  The game took 2 hours 52 minutes and 6,737 attended. . . . 
In Dukes roster moves, during the roadtrip the Dodgers called
up Darren Dreifort and Jim Bruske.  John Cummings was traded
away to Detroit in the Chad Curtis trade, and Cliff Anderson
was demoted to Class A San Bernardino.  Pitchers Matt Herges
and Joe Lagarde were promoted from AA San Antonio and the 
Dodgers demoted IF Chad Fonville.  Outfielder Eric Fox
joined the club also.

Sunday August 4

The Dukes and Buzz conclude their series.  The Dukes also end
their road trip. . . .  The Dukes finally beat the Buzz 4-3 on
Saturday night.  Gary Rath started for the Dukes, while Dan
Serafini took the mound for the Buzz.  Albuquerque took a 1-0 lead
in the third when Ken Huckaby tripled and scored on Wilton Guerrero's
RBI single.  The Buzz tied it in the sixth on Brent Brede's triple
(scoring Steve Hazlett) and then took a 2-1 lead on Brian
Raabe's single.  The Dukes took a 3-2 lead in the eighth when
Chad Fonville and Billy Lott walked and scored on Ron Maurer's
double.  The Buzz scored once in the bottom of the ninth on Mark
Leonard's RBI single, but reliever Mike Harkey kept the Buzz in
check after giving up that run.  Serafini (5-4) took the loss,
Dukes reliever Jose Garcia (6-1) got the win and Harkey earned
his eighth save.  The game took 2 hours 51 minutes and 10,044
attended.

Saturday August 3

The Dukes and Buzz continue their series at Franklin Quest Field
in Salt Lake City.

Friday August 2

The Dukes and Buzz continue their series.

Thursday August 1

The Dukes and Salt Lake City Buzz start a 4 game series at Franklin
Quest Field in Salt Lake City.

Wednesday July 31

The Dukes have the day off.

Tuesday July 30

The Dukes and Trappers finish their series in Edmonton.

Monday July 29

The Dukes and Trappers play game three of their series.

Sunday July 28

The Dukes and Trappers continue their series. . . .  In the
first game of the series with the Trappers, the Trappers beat
the Dukes 7-3.  Edmonton scored once in the second and twice in
the third to take a 3-0 lead.  Albuquerque scored twice in the
fifth to cut the Trapper lead to one run.  Albuquerque had a good
opportunity to tie or go ahead in the sixth but blew it (with no
outs and the bases loaded, Carlos Hernandez didn't fly out deep enough
to get a sacrifice fly and Oreste Marrero and Billy Lott striking
out).  Albuquerque starter John Cummings (2-6) took the loss, Edmonton
starter Bobby Chouinard (6-1) got the win.  Mark Acre got his sixth
save.  The game took 2 hours 28 minutes and 9,200 attended.

Saturday July 27

The Dukes continue their road trip, moving on to play a 4 game
series against the Edmonton Trappers. . . .  In the final game of
the series with the Cannons, the Dukes lost 4-2.  Albuquerque scored
once in the first and third innings, but Calgary's 4 run eighth won
it for them.  Tony Womack had a sacrifice fly and Dale Sveum had a 3
run double (all 3 runs unearned, no RBIs).  Dukes reliever Jim Bruske
(5-2) got the loss, Cannons reliever Joe Boever (10-1) got the win.
The game took 2 hours 25 minutes to play in front of 4,539.

Friday July 26

The Dukes and Cannons conclude their series in Calgary. . . . 
On Thursday evening, the Dukes beat the Cannons 11-6.  The Dukes
scored three in the fourth inning (highlights were J.P. Roberge and
Oreste Marrero's solo homers).  Roberge singled in the fifth to
put the Dukes up 4-0.  In the bottom of the fifth, the Cannons
scored five times to take a 5-4 lead.  Carlos Hernandez's homer
in the seventh tied the game and the Dukes scored six times (five
RBI singles, by Ken Huckaby, Wilton Guerrero, Roger Cedeno,
Billy Lott, and Roberge).  Calgary got its last run in the bottom
of the eighth.  Dukes reliever Jose Garcia (5-1) got the win, 
Calgary reliever Juan Agosto (1-1) took the loss.  The game took
2 hours 58 minutes and 7,069 attended.

Thursday July 25

The Dukes and Cannons play game three of their series in Calgary. . . .
Calgary snapped the Dukes 7 game winning streak on Wednesday night,
beating the Dukes 5-2.  Calgary got two in the first and one in the 
sixth to take a 3-0 lead.  The Dukes rallied for two runs in the 
eighth inning to cut the Cannons' lead to one run.  Ken Huckaby
singled and Chris Demetral walked.  Wilton Guerrero drove in Huckaby
and Ron Maurer's groundout scored Demetral.  With the tying run (Guerrero)
on second, Roger Cedeno lined out to right to end the inning.  
Calgary added 2 insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth.  
Albuquerque starter Gary Rath (6-9) took the loss, Calgary 
reliever Tom Bolton (7-3) got the win, and Joe Boever got his
second save for the Cannons.  The game took 2 hours 26 minutes
and 3,749 attended.

Wednesday July 24

The Dukes and Cannons continue their series in Calgary. . . .  In
the series opener in Calgary, the Dukes continued their winning streak
(extending it to seven games) and used ninth-inning heroics to do it,
beating Calgary 6-5.  Calgary got two in the bottom of the first
to take a 2-0 lead.  The Dukes tied it with 2 of their own in the 
fifth.  The Dukes took the lead in the sixth when Billy Lott doubled
and later scored on a slow grounder by Ken Huckaby.  The Cannons
tied the game in the bottom of the seventh and scored twice in the
eighth to take a 5-3 lead (Kevin Polcovich had a two-run single).
The Dukes won it in the top of the ninth -- Ron Maurer walked and
freshly-demoted Roger Cedeno singled.  Oreste Marrero came up and
hit a three run homer off of Cannons reliever Matt Ryan.  Mike
Harkey came in and retired the Cannons in the bottom of the ninth
to preserve the victory.  Dukes reliever Jose Garcia (4-1) got the
win, Harkey got his fourth save, and Ryan (1-4) took the loss for
the Cannons.  The game took 2 hours 57 minutes and 4,723 attended.

Tuesday July 23

The Dukes begin a road trip with a 4 game series against
the Calgary Cannons (AAA Pirates). . . .  The Dukes extended
their winning streak to 6 games with a 3-2 win over the Canadians
at the Sports Stadium Monday evening.  Vancouver scored once in
the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead.  In the sixth, the Dukes
tied the game.  Consecutive singles by Ron Maurer, Carlos Hernandez,
and Oreste Marrero scored a run (Marrero driving in Mauruer).  J.P.
Roberge had a bloop bunt to score Hernandez.  The Dukes got the 
game winner in the bottom of the seventh when Maurer had a solo
homer.  Canadians starter Jason Dickson pitched the complete game and
got the loss.  He is 6-7.  Dukes reliever Jim Bruske (5-1) got the win.
The game took 2 hours 28 minutes and 3,121 attended the last game
of the homestand at the Sports Stadium.

Monday July 22

The Dukes wrap up a homestand as well as their four game series
with the Vancouver Canadians. . . .  In game three on Sunday
afternoon, the Dukes continued their winning streak with a 5-1
win.  Darren Dreifort started for the Dukes and had his second
best outing of the season.  He went 7 innings, giving up 3 hits, no
runs, 3 walks, and 7 strikeouts.  The Dukes scored once in the
fifth on Carlos Hernandez's fielders choice.  In the sixth, the
Dukes scored 4 more.  Brian Richardson had a two-RBI single and
Wilton Guerrero followed with a 2-RBI double.  The Canadians
scored once in the top of the ninth off of reliever Mike Harkey.
Dreifort (5-6) got the win, Canadians starter Phil Leftwich (6-5)
took the loss.  The game took 2 hours 31 minutes and 2,374 attended.
. . .  On Sunday, the Dodgers demoted OF Roger Cedeno and promoted
OF Rick Parker.  

Sunday July 21

The Dukes and Canadians play game three of their series. . . .  The
Dukes made it four straight wins in a row with a 7-3 victory over
the Canadians at the Sports Stadium.  Mark Mimbs, the Dukes starter,
did his job, going 7 innings, giving up 4 hits, no runs, 2 walks,
and 5 strikeouts.  The Dukes offense easily gave him the run support
he needed (scoring once in the first, three times in the third, 
and one run apiece in the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings).  
The Cannons scored their three runs in the last two innings -- twice
in the eighth and once in the ninth off of Dukes reliever Jim Bruske.
The big offensive star for the Dukes was Billy Lott.  Lott went
2 for 2 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.  Mimbs (6-6) got the win,
Canadians starter Jarrod Washburn (0-1) took the loss.  The game
took 2 hours 25 minutes and 4,699 attended.

Saturday July 20

The Dukes and Canadians continue their series at the Sports Stadium.
. . .  On Friday, the Dukes beat the Canadians 5-4 in 10 innings.
Albuquerque scored once in the first and once more in the fourth
to take a 2-0 lead after 4 innings of play.  Calgary then went
to work -- scoring twice in both the seventh and eighth innings
to take a 4-2 lead into the ninth.  The Dukes picked up two runs
in the bottom of the ninth.  Ron Maurer grounded out, scoring
Ken Huckaby and Carlos Hernandez's single into left-center scored
Wilton Guerrero with the tying run.  In the bottom of the tenth,
Rick Parker doubled and J.P. Roberge's sacrifice moved him to third.
He scored on Guerrero's single through a drawn-in infield.  Pete
Janicki (6-7) took the loss, Dukes reliever Mike Harkey (6-7) got
the win.  The game took 3 hours 24 minutes and 4,768 attended.

Friday July 19

The Dukes and Vancouver Canadians (AAA Angels) begin a 4 game
series at the Sports Stadium. . . .  Mike Busch's rehabilitation
assignment ended after Thursday's game when he was promoted back
to the Dodgers.   He played in the Dodgers game at San Francisco
on Thursday evening. . . .  In Thursday's Dukes game, the Dukes
used a 15-hit attack to beat the Cannons 10-5.  J.P. Roberge, starting
because of Billy Lott being out with a hamstring injury, grabbed
the spotlight.  He was 4 for 4 and hit his second homer in a Dukes
suit (a solo shot in the first).  Roberge had been called up from 
Class AA San Antonio recently.  Reggie Williams and Carlos Hernandez
drove in a run each in the third and the Dukes were up 3-0 after
three innings of play.  Calgary tied the game in the fourth with
3 runs of their own, but Albuquerque regained the lead in the bottom
of the fourth when Roberge scored on Wilton Guerrero's triple. The
Dukes blew the game open with a five-run fifth (making it 9-3). 
Calgary scored once in the sixth and once in the seventh to make it
9-5 and the Dukes added their final run of the evening in the eighth.
Calgary starter John Hope (1-6) got the loss, Dukes starter Eric
Weaver (1-1) got the win (his first in a Dukes suit and this game
was his second outing after getting a promotion from San Antonio).
Jim Bruske picked up his 4th save.  the game took 3 hours 2 minutes
and 3,924 attended. . . .   Reggie Williams is day to day with 
a leg injury.  

Thursday July 18

The Dukes and Cannons conclude their 4 game series at the Sports
Stadium. . . .  The Dukes placed starting P Will Brunson on the DL.
John Cummings will be put into the starting rotation in Brunson's spot.
. . .  Karim Garcia has been demoted to Class AA San Antonio for       
disciplinary reasons.  He had left the Dukes just after the All-Star
break for personal reasons. . . .  In Wednesday's game, the Dukes
beat the Cannons 6-5.  Mike Busch was the hero in this game -- his
ninth inning homer won it for the Dukes.  Calgary scored twice
in the third and twice in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead.  The Dukes
scored once in the fourth and once in the fifth to cut the lead in
half.  Calgary added one in the seventh to take a 5-2 lead.  In the
bottom of the ninth the Dukes won it with heroics.  Ron Maurer and
pinch-hitter Chris Demetral singled.  Wilton Guerrero's double
play scored Maurer to make it 5-3 with two outs and noone on base.
Reggie Williams and Carlos Hernandez followed with singles.  Busch
them came up and hit his game winning, three-run homer.  Calgary
reliever Matt Ryan (1-3) took the loss, Dukes reliever Ken
Hubbs got the win.  He's now a perfect 5-0.  The game took 2 hours
51 minutes and 3,987 attended.

Wednesday July 17

The Dukes and Cannons play game three of their series at the Sports
Stadium. . . .  In game two, the Cannons won 9-5.  Albuquerque
scored once in the first and twice in the third (Oreste Marrero had
a pair of RBI and Mike Busch had a RBI double).  Calgary scored
their first run in the fourth.  Calgary took a 5-3 lead in the
top of the fifth using a two-out, 4 run rally.  Darren Dreifort,
the Dukes starter, gave up a single to Kevin Polcovich.  Cannons
starting pitcher Gary Wilson came to the plate and reached base
on a base on balls.  Jermaine Allensworth came up next and also
walked.  Tony Womack singled to center scoring Polcovich and Wilson.
Trey Beamon singled to left, scoring Allensworth.  The last run
of the inning scored on an error by Dukes catcher Ken Huckaby.
The Dukes cut the defecit to 5-4 with a RBI single by Huckaby.
The Cannons broke the game a little more open with a two-run
homer by Midre Cummings.  The Cannons scored once more in
that eighth inning and once in the ninth.  Wilton Guerrero's
RBI in the bottom of the eighth was the last run the Dukes
scored on the night.  Cannons releiver Joe Boever (9-1) got the 
win [he's second in the PCL in wins, behind Vancouver starter
Dennis Springer].  Dreifort (4-6) took the loss.  He went 5
innings, giving up 6 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), 3 walks, and 5
strikeouts.  The game took 2 hours 52 minutes and 2,649
attended. 

Tuesday July 16

The Dukes and Cannons continue their series at the Sports Stadium.
. . .  In the opener of the series with the Cannons, the Dukes broke
a losing streak by defeating the Cannons 8-4.  Calgary scored once
in the first.  Albuquerque exploded for five runs in the third to
take a 5-1 lead.  Cannon starter Matt Reubel gave up a single to 
Reggie Williams and walked Mike Busch and Rick Parker.  Brian Richardson
came up to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a ball to center field.
Cannon center fielder Ramon  Espinosa dove for the ball but missed.
Williams, Busch, and Parker scored.  Ron Maurer drew a walk and Ken
Huckaby's double scored Richardson and Maurer.  Albuquerque made it
6-1 with a run in the fourth.  Calgary cut it to 6-2 with a run in
the top of the fifth.  Calgary scored two more times in the eighth
inning to make it 6-4, but the Dukes came up with two runs of their
own in the bottom of the eighth for the final score of 8-4.  Mark
Mimbs pitched a good game (and a Superman-like effort if you consider
how poor Duke pitching was in the just-completed series with the Trappers).
Mimbs went 7 1/3 innings, giving up 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO.
Mimbs (5-6) got the win, Ruebel (4-3) took the loss.  The game took
2 hours 38 minutes and 4,038 attended on 50 cent Hot Dog night.

Monday July 15

The Dukes and Calgary Cannons (AAA Pirates) begin a 4 game
series at the Sports Stadium. . . . In the last game of the
series with the Edmonton Trappers, the Dukes lost 12-2.  Phil
Plantier had a solo homer in the first inning and then the Trappers
added one more in the second, four in the third, and five in the
sixth to thrash the Dukes.  Edmonton scored their last run in
the eighth.  It took heroics in the bottom of the ninth to keep
the Dukes from being held scoreless.  J.P. Roberge drew a walk
and was doubled home by Carlos Hernandez.  Hernandez then scored
on Rick Parker's single.  Trappers starter Aaron Small had an
easy afternoon.  All of his stuff was working on the day -- he
carried a no-hitter through 4 2/3 innings until Rick Parker
had a single.  Small's linescore (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO).
Meanwhile, Dukes starter Gary Rath was shelled.  Rath had 3 IP, 8 H,
6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO.  Small (3-3) got the win, Rath (6-8) took
the loss.  The game took 2 hours 43 minute and 4,103 attended.

Sunday July 14

The Dukes and Trappers conclude their series at the Sports Stadium.
. . .  In game three, the Trappers beat the Dukes 14-1.  The Trappers
scored seven runs in the first three innings and were well on their
way to blowing out the Dukes.  Leadoff batter Kerwin Moore reached
base on Brian Richardson's error in the first inning and scored shortly
thereafter.  Edmonton was able to put two more runs up on the board in
the second inning using just one hit.  In the third, a pair of two
run homers (by Webster Garrison and Scott Sheldon) put 4 more runs
on the board.  Dukes starter Eric Weaver, freshly promoted from San
Antonio, kept the Trappers scoreless in the fourth.  Weaver left in
the fifth with no outs.  His linescore was 4 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 7 ER,
2 BB, 1 SO.  Weaver (0-1) took the loss and also saw his linescore
in a Dukes suit become 15.75 after his initial start.  Andrew Lorraine,
meanwhile, started for the Trappers and had a pretty good outing (6 IP,
2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO).  The Dukes put up their lone run in 
the third inning.  The Trappers finished their scoring by posting
1 run in the fifth, 4 in the sixth, and 2 in the ninth.  Lorraine 
improved his record to 4-5.  The game took 2 hours 58 minutes and
5,098 attended.

Saturday July 13

The Dukes and Trappers play game three of their series. . . .  In game
two, it was the Trappers turn to win.  They beat the Dukes 12-2.  The
big innings were the fourth and fifth for the Trappers as they were
able to score 5 times in both innings.  They also scored twice in the
first.  The Dukes got one run in the first and one in the eighth
innings.  Mike Busch homered for the Dukes in the game (the solo homer
in the first) and Scott Spiezio had an inside-the-park homer for the
Trappers.  Spiezio led off the fourth inning with his homer - he hit
the ball to right-center field.  Billy Lott dove for the ball but was
unable to make the catch and Spiezio raced around the bases.  Will
Brunson started for the Dukes and had what what had to be his worst
outing in a Dukes suit.  He only lasted 3 2/3 innings, givig up 4
hits, 7 runs (all earned), an uncharacteristic 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts.
Brunson (3-4) took the loss, Edmonton starter Willie Adams (3-4) got
the win.  The game took 2 hours 59 minutes and 9,266 attended on
"Sport" mascot night.  

Friday July 12

The Dukes and Trappers continue their series at the Sports Stadium. . .  In the
opening game of the series, the Dukes lost to the Trappers 6-1.  Darren Dreifort
pitched one of his best games of the season, but he got poor run support.
Dreifort went 6 innings, giving up only 3 hits, 2 runs (both earned), 2 walks,
and 7 strikeouts.  If he can keep up that type of linescore, he'll prove
to be more than just a typical pitcher (and he'll even get to the Dodgers if
he can get his pitching back into gear after the reconstructive elbow surgery
and current comeback).  Dreifort gave up a solo homer to Izzy Molina in the
third and gave up another run in the fourth.  In the ninth, the Trappers
exploded for 4 more runs to take a 6-0 lead.  A Billy Lott solo homer in
the bottom of the ninth with 2 outs kept the Dukes from getting a goose-egg
in the runs column on the scoreboard.  Ariel Preito (1-0) got the win, Dreifort
(4-5) took the loss.  The game lasted 2 hours 29 minutes and 3,683 attended.
. . .  In Dukes roster moves, relief pitcher Ramser Correa was again demoted
to Class AA San Antonio and starting pitcher Eric Weaver was promoted from
San Antonio.  Weaver will be in the starting rotation (in fact, starting
Saturday) while Felix Rodriguez goes from the starting rotation to becoming
a reliever.

Thursday July 11

The Dukes return to action today.  They begin a 12-game homestand
with a 4 game series against the Edmonton Trappers (AAA Athletics).
. . .  In the AAA All-Star Game at Franklin Quest Field in Salt
Lake City (home of the Salt Lake Buzz of the PCL), the National
League used a two run homer by Indianapolis Indian Brook Fordyce
in the eighth inning to beat the American League, 2-1.  The lone
American League run came on a solo shot by Salt Lake's Todd
Walker in the 4th inning.  Norfolk Tide Derek Wallace got the
win, Vancouver Canadian Jeff Schmidt took the loss.  Phoenix
Firebird Steve Mintz got the save.

Wednesday July 10

The AAA All-Star game is being played in Salt Lake City at Franklin
Quest Field.  The Dukes have the day off again.

Tuesday July 9

The Dukes continue to have a day off for the AAA All-Star break.

Monday July 8

The Dukes have the next few days off for the AAA All-Star break. . . .
On Sunday, the Dukes played a doubleheader against the Toros to
end the roadtrip and series against the Toros at Hi Corbett Field.
The Dukes swept, 4-3 in the first and 9-4 in the second game.   The
first game ended up being a marathon, going 11 innings in a game 
normally scheduled for 7.  Tucson got on the board first in the
second inning.  The Dukes put up a run in the fifth and in the 
sixth.  In that sixth inning, the Dukes' Wilton Guerrero tripled and
scored on Ron Maurer's sacrifice fly.  In the bottom of the
sixth, the Toros came up with 2 runs on a two-run homer by Chris
Hatcher.  In the top of the seventh, Billy Lott singled and scored
on Reggie Williams' double to tie the game.  In the 11th, Lott
doubled, went to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a wild
pitch.  Dukes reliever Mike Harkey (5-7) got the win, John Cummings
got his second save, and Toros reliever  Dave Evans (3-7) took the 
loss. . . .  In game two, the Dukes won in the normal 7 innings.
The Dukes got a five spot in the first inning and cruised from
there.  Tucson scored once in the first and second and twice in
the third to cut the Dukes lead to 5-4.  The Dukes scored three 
times in the fifth and once in the seventh for the final score
of 9-4.  Homers in the game came from the Dukes' Billy Lott
and the Toros' Ray Montgomery and Jeff Ball.  Offensive
stars for the Dukes in game two were Ron Maurer (2 for 2, 1 RBI,
2 runs scored), Billy Lott (2 for 4, 3 RBI and 1 run scored) and
Reggie Williams (4 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored).  Dukes reliever
Dan Hubbs (4-0) got the win, Tucson starter Eric Bell (2-12)
continued his horrible luck season and got the loss.  The game
took 2 hours 19 minutes and 5,717 attended.  The first game
had taken 3 hours 28 minutes.

Sunday July 7

The Dukes and Toros finish their series in Tucson by playing a doubleheader.
. . .  The Dukes and Toros were rained out on Saturday evening.

Saturday July 6

The Dukes and Toros play game three of their series. . . . In game
two, Mike Busch continued to tear up the PCL during his rehab assignment.
His 4 for 5 with 1 RBI and 4 runs scored helped the Dukes beat the Toros
11-3.  The Dukes took a quick 2-0 lead in the first.  Wilton Guerrero
reached on a bunt single, moved to second on a Busch single, went to
third on a fielder's choice and scored on a wild pitch.  Rick Parker's
RBI double was the second run of the inning.  In the second, the Toros'
Jeff Ball had a solo homer to make it a 2-1 game.  In the third, the Dukes
scored 3 times (RBI single by Parker, a RBI double by Carlos Hernandez,
and a Tucson error).  Tucson scored once in the bottom of the third
to make it a 5-2 game.  The Dukes scored once in the fifth to make it 6-2.
Tucson scored their last run of the night in the eighth and the Dukes
put a 5 spot on the board in the top of the ninth to close out the
scoring.  Gary Rath (6-7) got the win (7 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB,
7 SO).  Mike Harkey picked up his second save (1 1/3 inning of
no hit ball).  Tucson starter Dave Evans (3-6) took the loss.  The
game took 2 hours 41 minutes and 11,194 showed up at Hi Corbett
Field in Tucson on fireworks night. . . .  The fireworks night
promotion led to an excessive number of doubles in the game.  Fans
were allowed to sit in the left and right field portions of the 
outfield warning track.  There were 5 balls hit into those areas
and special groundrules for the game had those hits declared
as ground rule doubles.

Friday July 5

The Dukes and Toros continue their series. . . .  In the first
game of the series at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, the Toros won
a pitching duel 1-0.  Will Brunson started for the Dukes while
Chris Holt started for the Toros.  The Toros got the only run
of the game in the eighth inning.  Kenny Ramos singled, moved
to second on Mel Mora's sacrifice, and scored on Chris Hatcher's
single.  Brunson got a no-decision (6 1/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB,
8 SO) and Holt also ended up with a no decision (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R,
0 ER, 0 W, 2 SO).  Jim Bruske was the one who gave up Hatcher's
single.  Bruske (4-1) took the loss, while Tucson reliever Jeff Tabaka
(3-1) got the win.  John Hudek, with the Toros on a rehabilitation
assignment, got his first save.  The game took 2 hours 25 minutes
and 2,735 attended. 

Thursday July 4

The Dukes hit the road again, this time going to Tucson for a 4
game serise against the Toros (AAA Astros).  The 4 game series will
also be the last series before the 3-day AAA All-Star Break (July
10 in Salt Lake City is the actual game). . . .  The Dukes ended up
playing two games on Wednesday.  The first game, scheduled for 9
innings, was a completion of a game suspended by wet grounds
on Tuesday.  The Firebirds took that game 7-6 in 12 innings.  The
Firebirds built a 1-0 lead in the first inning and added to it in
the third by scoring one more time to take a 2-0 lead.  The Dukes
picked up 2 runs in the fifth.  Phoenix scored three times in the   
ninth to take a 5-2 lead.  Mike Busch's 3 run homer in the bottom
of the ninth tied the game at 5 and sent it into extra innings.
The Firebirds scored a run in the 11th inning (Kenny Woods walked,
moved to second on a balk, and scored on Calvin Murray's single).
The Dukes answered with a run of their own in the 11th.  In the
12th, Dukes reliever Ramser Correa gave up a single to Jacob
Cruz.  Cruz moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and moved to
third on a groundout.  He scored on a wild pitch.  The Dukes were
unable to answer in their half of the 12th inning.  Correa (0-3)
took the loss, Firebirds reliever Shawn Barton (4-1) got the win.
The game took 3 hours 29 minutes to play. . . .  In the regularly
scheduled game (scheduled for 7 innings) the Dukes won 6-1.  Dukes
starter Darren Dreifort finally got his first win of the PCL
season while pitching at the Sports Stadium.  Dreifort went 6 innings,
giving up 6 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts.
The Dukes gave him all the runs he would need in the first.  Billy Lott's
three run homer gave the Dukes a quick 3-0 lead.  The Dukes built on
the lead in the fourth with back-to-back solo homers by J.P. Roberge
and Cliff Anderson.  The Firebirds got their lone run in the sixth
and the Dukes got their final run of the inning in the sixth.  Julian
Heredia (0-4) took the loss for the Firebirds.  The game took 1 hour
55 minutes and 14,133 attended on Fireworks night at the Sports
Stadium.

Wednesday July 3

The Dukes and Firebirds conclude their series.  The Dukes' short
homestand also comes to an end.  . . .  Tuesday's game was suspended
due to wet grounds.  The Firebirds scored once in the top of the
first and in the bottom of the first, the rains came.  It didn't
rain too hard at the Sports Stadium, but there were too many
puddles to make the field very playable, so the umpires decided to
suspend the game.  The game will resume Wednesday afternoon at 5pm
with the Dukes at bat in the bottom of the first.  The game will
go 9 innings, with the regularly scheduled Wednesday game to go
7 innings. . . .  Mike Busch began a rehabilitation assignment with
the Dukes.  He is nursing a sore arm.

Tuesday July 2

The Dukes and Firebirds continue their series. . . .  In game two,
the Firebirds beat the Dukes 9-4.  The Firebirds scored one in the
first inning on Calvin Murray's solo homer.  The Dukes got two
in the bottom of the first on Billy Lott's 2 run homer to take a 2-1
lead.  The Dukes added one more in the third.  Reggie Williams scored
on Lott's RBI single.  In the fourth, the Firebirds got a single
run to cut the defecit to 3-2.  The Firebirds scored three times
in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead.  Reggie Williams' solo homer in 
the fifth made it a 5-4 game (Firebirds leading).  But Phoenix
scored 4 more times in the eighth to make it 9-4, the eventual
final score.  Felix Rodriguez started for the Dukes and took
the loss (4 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 W, 4 SO).  He is 2-5.
Phoenix starter Chris Hook (6-2) got the win.  The game took
2 hours 53 minutes to play and 3,944 attended. . . .  The Dukes
placed OF Karim Garcia on the DL (groin injury).  IF/OF J.P.
Roberge was promoted from Class AA San Antonio.

Monday July 1

The Dukes and Firebirds play game two of their series at
the Sports Stadium. . . .  In the first game of the series,
it took ninth inning heroics to give the Dukes a 5-4 victory.
The Dukes took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.  The Firebirds
scored once in the second and scored 2 times in the fourth to
take a 3-2 lead.  The Dukes took a 4-3 lead in the sixth on a two-run
homer by Brian Richardson.  Phoenix tied the game in the ninth
when Jay Canizaro scored on Marcus Jensen's single.  The Dukes
won it in the bottom of the ninth on Billy Lott's solo homer.
Jim Bruske (4-0) picked up the win in relief, while Firebirds
reliever Carlos Valdez (2-1) took the loss.  The game took
2 hours 41 minutes and 3,554 attended.

Sunday June 30

The Dukes open up a homestand with a 4 game series against
the Phoenix Firebirds (AAA Giants). . . . In the last game of
the series against the Rainiers in Tacoma, the Dukes won 4-0.
A Carlos Hernandez grand-slam homer was all it took and Will
Brunson did the rest, shutting down the Rainiers over 8 innings
while only giving up 6 hits.  Edwin Hurtado (0-2) got the loss, 
Brunson (3-3) got the win.  The game took 2 hours 20 minutes
and 4,125 attended. . . .  The Dukes' Wilton Guerrero is day
to day with stomach problems.

Saturday June 29

The Dukes and Rainiers finish their series.  This is also
the last game of the current roadtrip. . . . In Friday's
game, the Dukes won 5-1.  Darren Dreifort started for the Dukes
and did well -- he went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, no
runs, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts.  The Dukes got on the board
in the second using Chris Demetral's solo homer.  In the fifth,
the Dukes scored three times.  Reggie Williams and Karim Garcia
singled.  Carlos Hernandez doubled, scoring Williams.  An error
moved Hernandez to third, Garcia scoring.  Hernandez then scored
on a wild pitch.  In the sixth, the Dukes added their final
run on Cliff Anderson's RBI single.  The Rainiers scored 
their lone run in the seventh.  Dreifort (3-4) got the win.
Ironically, all of his wins have come on the road and all
of his losses have come at the Sports Stadium.  Tacoma starter
Salomon Torres (3-6) took the loss.  Jim Bruske picked up
his third save for the Dukes.  The game took 2 hours 57 minutes
and 3,371 attended. . . .  In Dukes roster moves, 3B Brian
Richardson came off the DL.

Friday June 28

The Dukes and Rainiers play game three of their series in
Tacoma. . . .  The Rainiers beat the Dukes 6-3 on Thursday.
The Rainiers scored four times in the fourth; Mike Knapp had
a 2-RBI double in the inning.  In the fifth, James Bonnici
hit a two run homer and the Rainiers had a 6-0 lead.  The Dukes
scored three in the sixth (Karim Garcia's two-run homer and
Jay Kirkpatrick's RBI double).  Mark Mimbs started for the
Dukes and took the loss.  he is 4-6.  Derek Lowe (4-3) started
for the Rainiers and got the win.  Rainiers reliever Trey Witte
got his third save.  The game took 2 hours 14 minutes and
2,569 attended. . . .  The AAA All-Star squad was named on
Thursday.  Only one Duke, Wilton Guerrero, made the squad.

Thursday June 27

The Dukes and Rainiers continue their series. . . . In the
first game of the series, the Dukes won 6-2.  Felix Rodriguez
earned his first win in more than 2 months.  The game was also
notable as Tacoma ace Bob Milacki picked up his first loss of
the season.  Tacoma scored once in the second on Greg Pirkl's
solo homer.  The Rainiers added one more in the fourth for a 2-0
lead.  The Dukes scored four in the sixth.  Billy Lott's 2 RBI
single tied the game.  The Dukes went ahead 4-2 on Jay Kirkpatrick's
2-RBI single.  The Dukes added their two final runs in the 
seventh.  Milacki (7-1) got the loss (6 2/3 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER,
2 BB, 3 SO), while Rodriguez (2-4) won (6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 
2 BB, 6 SO).  Mike Harkey came in and threw three scoreless
innings and got his first save.  3,568 attended a game that
took 2 hours 41 minutes to play.

Wednesday June 26

The Dukes and Rainiers play the first of a 4 game series. . . .
The Dukes had Tuesday off.

Tuesday June 25

The Dukes have the day off.  They continue their roadtrip with a stop 
for 4 games in Tacoma on Wednesday to play the Rainiers (AAA Mariners).
. . .  In the final game of the series with the Canadians, the Dukes
lost 8-4.  Former Duke Dennis Springer started for the Canadians
while Gary Rath started for the Dukes.  Albuquerque scored twice
in the top of the fourth on Reggie Williams' 2-run homer.  The
Canadians answered with 4 in the bottom of the fourth (George
Arias and Todd Greene hit consecutive solo homers in the inning).
Vancouver added one in the sixth to make it a 5-2 game. The Dukes
scored twice in the top of the seventh to pull to within a run
at 5-4.  The Canadians put the game away in the bottom of the
seventh by scoring three runs.  Springer went the distance
for the Canadians, givign up 9 hits, 4 runs (all earned),
2 walks, and 5 strikeouts.  With the win, he is 7-2.  
Rath (5-7) took the loss (3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO). 
The game took 2 hours 46 minutes and 5,162 attended. . . .
In Dukes roster moves, the Dodgers claimed OF Wayne Kirby on
waivers from the Cleveland Indians and sent OF Oreste Marrero
to Albuquerque.  Kirby is a former Duke but he will remain with
the Dodgers.  

Monday June 24

The Dukes and Canadians conclude their series in Vancouver. . . .
In game three, the Dukes went back to their losing ways,
losing 7-2 to the Canadians.  The game was delayed by rain
for 30 mins.  When the rain ended, Phil Leftwich took the
mound for the Canadians while Will Brunson took the mound for
the Dukes.  The Dukes took a 1-0 lead in the second on Rick
Parker's RBI groundout.  The Canadians tied the game with a
run in the fourth.  The Dukes took a 2-1 lead in the fifth
on Wilton Guerrero's RBI single, but the Canadians tied the
game at 2 in the bottom of the fifth, scoring once time.  
The Canadians blew the game wide open in the seventh, scoring
5 times.  The big blow was a three-run homer by Todd Greene.
Greene and  P.J. Forbes both had big afternoons -- Greene
was 2 for 3 with 4 RBI and a run scored.  Forbes was 2 for 4
with 3 RBI and 2 RBI.  Brunson (2-3) took the loss, his
third straight loss aftering winning his first two PCL outings
after being called up from AA San Antonio.   Leftwich (4-4)
got the win.  The game took 2 hours 49 minutes and 4,933 
attended.

Sunday June 23

The Dukes and Canadians continue their series. . . .  The Dukes 
finally won their first game of the PCL Second Half, beating
the Canadians 5-3.  Jason Dixon started for the Canadians while
Darren Dreifort took the mound for the Dukes.  The Dukes got
on the scoreboard first, scoring once in the third.  The Canadians
answered with one of their own in the bottom of the third.  In
the fourth, the Dukes took the lead again.  Cliff Anderson singled
to center, scoring Billy Lott.  The Dukes scored once more in 
the sixth on another Anderson RBI single (this time scoring
Jay Kirkpatrick).  The Canadians scored in the bottom of the sixth
to make it a 3-2 game.  Back to back doubles by Karim Garcia
and Lott and Chris Demetral's RBI single scored two total runs  
in the seventh inning to give the Dukes a 5-2 lead.  The Canadians
scored once in the bottom of the eighth but Jim Bruske was able
to keep the Canadians from scoring more.  Dreifort went 6 2/3
innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 runs (all earned), 2 walks and 3
strikeouts.  It ranked as one of his "best" outings of the season.
Dreifort (2-4) got the win, Bruske got his second save, and 
Dixon (3-5) took the loss.  The game took 2 hours 52 minutes
and 5,638 attended.

Saturday June 22

The Dukes and Canadians play game two of their series in Vancouver.
. . .  In the first game of the series against the Canadians at
Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver, the Dukes were defeated 8-1.
The Dukes got on the board first in the third inning with
Cliff Anderson's solo homer, but it was all Canadians after that.
The Canadians scored three in the fourth - the highlights were
Aaron Ledesma's triple and doubles by Todd Green and Chris Turner.
In the seventh, the Canadians got two more runs (aided by 2 Dukes
errors).  The Canadians got three in the eighth to end the
scoring.  Ledesma went 3 for 4 on the night with a run scored.
Turner was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.  William
Pennyfeather went 1 for 4 on the night, but had 3 RBI.  Meanwhile,
Canadians starter Pep Harris did fair on the night.  He went
6 2/3 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 run (earned), 3 walks,
and 4 strikeouts.  The Dukes starter Mark Mimbs, on the other hand,
didn't do so well.  He went 6 innings, but gave up 8 hits, 5 runs
(4 earned), walked none and struck out 6.  Mimbs (4-5) got the loss,
Harris (6-2) got the win and Joe Rosselli got his first save.
For the second straight game, the Dukes did well in not walking many
(only one walk given up all evening).  But the Dukes did commit 3 errors
while the Canadians didn't have any errors. 

Friday June 21

The Dukes head out on their first road trip of the 2nd half, going
to Vancouver, BC for four games against the Canadians.  . . . In
the last game of the homestand (and series with the Stars) the
Dukes lost 5-1.  Chris Dishman started for the Stars, while Felix
Rodriguez took the hill for the Dukes.  Rodriguez had his best
performance this season, but still ended up on the losing end.
Rodriguez went 7 innings, giving up 8 hits, 4 runs (all earned),
3 walks and 2 strikeouts.  Chad Tredaway got the Stars on
the board in the third with a solo homer.  The Dukes answered with
one of their own in the bottom of the inning -- Rodriguez singled
and later scored on Rick Parker's RBI groundout.  Tredaway's RBI
single in the fifth gave the Stars a 2-1 lead.  The Stars built
on that lead with 2 in the seventh.  Craig Colbert doubled and
scored on Ira Smith's single.  Julio Bruno later singled to
score Smith.  The Stars added one last run in the eighth on a
Rico Rossy drove in Todd Steverson.  Dishman went six innings,
only giving up 6 hits, 1 run (earned), 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.
Dishman (4-4) got the win, Rodriguez (1-4) took the loss.  The
game took 2 hours 38 minutes to play and 4,313 attended.  Dukes
manager Phil Regan wasn't too upset with the loss as the Dukes
did much better in the walks and errors department.  The Dukes
had been plagued by walks and errors in the previous 3 games
in the series.  With the loss, the Dukes were swept in the 4
game series (and swept in a series for the second time this season).
The Dukes are thus 0-for in the young PCL Second Half race and
find themselves tied with Tucson Toros for last place in the
PCL Southern division (4 games back of the Stars). . . .  The Dodgers
have designated OF Milt Thompson for assignment to Albuquerque. 
If Thompson  clears waivers, he has a chance to accept or decline
the assignment, so in the near future Thompson may be joining the
Dukes.  In another roster move, 3B Brian Richardson was placed
on the DL because of strained quadriceps.  

Thursday June 20

The Dukes and Stars conclude their series. . . .  In Wednesday
afternoon's contest (a noon start for Businessman's Special),
the Stars were able to grab victory from the jaws of defeat,
beating the Dukes 6-5.  Sean Mulligan's RBI single gave the Stars
a 1-0 lead in the first inning.  The Stars answered with one more
in the second to give the Stars a 2-0 lead.  The Dukes took the
lead in the bottom of the second with 4 runs.  The highlights
of the inning were Karim Garcia's triple and Wilton Guerrero's
RBI double.  The Stars were able to come up with a run in the
fifth and a run on the sixth thanks to some Dukes errors.  The
Stars took the lead at 5-4 in the top of the eighth, but the
Dukes were able to score once in the bottom of the eighth to
tie the game at 5.  In the ninth, Dukes reliever Ramser Correa
gave up a single to Gary Scott, scoring Mulligan and Dustin
Hermanson was able to set down the Dukes quietly in the bottom
of the ninth to preserve the Stars victory.  Las Vegas reliever
Paul Abbott (2-1) got the win, Hermanson got his 14th save,
and the Dukes' Correa (0-2) took the loss.  The game took 
3 hours 1 minute and 5,919 played hookey from work. . . .
In Dukes notes, Greg Gagne was recalled by the Dodgers (ending
his rehabilitation assignment with the Dukes).  Pitcher
Jim Bruske was taken off the DL but didn't see any action
in Wednesday's game.

Wednesday June 19

The Dukes and Stars continue their series. . . .  In game two of
the series, the Stars beat the Dukes 7-2.  Pete Smith started
for the Stars, Will Brunson for the Dukes.  The Stars scored
early and often on their way to victory.  Brunson gave up a two-run
homer to Rob Deer in the first inning (scoring Doug Dascenzo along
with Deer).  The Stars added three more in the third -- Dascenzo
and Julio Bruno were on-base when Jim Tatum hit a homer.  The
Dukes got on the board in the fourth with a run.  Jay Kirpatrick
singled and later scored on Ron Maurer's bases-loaded walk.  The Stars
got one more run in the fifth inning on a Deer double, scoring
Tatum.  The Dukes added their second and last run of the game
in the sixth on Billy Lott's solo homer.  The Stars scored their
final run in the ninth.  Smith (5-4) got the win, Brunson (2-2) got
the loss.  The game took 3 hours 4 minutes and 4,072 attended.

Tuesday June 18

The Dukes and Stars play game two of their series at the Sports
Stadium. . . .  On Monday night, the Stars beat the Dukes 8-6.
The Stars scored once in the first.  In the fourth, the Stars
scored five more times.  Dukes walks hurt in the inning.  Todd
Steverson and Sean Mulligan hit back-to-back homers, but the worst
was when Darren Dreifort (the Dukes starter on the evening) was
pulled from the game after his third straight walk loaded the
bases.  Mark Mimbs came in and promptly walked the next two batters
and the Stars took a 6-0 lead.  The Dukes fought back in the
bottom of the fourth, scoring 5 times.  Wilton Guerrero singled
to break up Stars starter Denny Harrigan's no hitter.  The next
four batters, Greg Gagne, Karim Garcia, Billy Lott, and Carlos
Hernandez all singled.  In the string of hits, three runs scored.
Jay Kirkpatrick's sacrifice fly scored Lott and Brian Richardson
doubled to score Hernandez with the fifth run of the inning.  The
Stars made it 7-5 in the fifth when Gary Scott scored on Mark
Mimbs' error.  The Stars got one more run in the ninth to make
it a 8-5 game.  The Dukes closed out the scoring with one run
of their own in the bottom of the ninth.  Harriger (5-4)
got the win, Dreifort (1-4) got the loss.  Dreifort was very
ineffective on the night overall -- he went 3 1/3 innings, giving
up 4 hits, 6 runs (all earned), 6 walks and 2 strikeouts. 
The entire Dukes pitching staff gave up 10 walks on the night
and the Dukes committed 3 errors.  The game took 2 hours 50
minutes and 5,017 attended. . . .  In Dukes roster moves,
Rick Parker was activated from the DL and C Ryan Luzinski (son of
former major-leaguer Greg Luzinksi) was sent down to Class A
San Bernardino.  

Monday June 17

The Dukes (and the rest of the PCL) get a clean slate -- the second
half of the season starts.  The Dukes get to open the second half
of the season at home against the Las Vegas Stars (AAA Padres).
. . .  In the last game of the series versus the Buzz, the Dukes
beat the Buzz 9-6 in 10 innings.  Travis Miller started for
the Buzz while Mike Harkey got a surprise start (Mark Mimbs came
down with the flu and was unable to start for the Dukes).  The Buzz
got on the scoreboard first, coming up with 2 runs in the third.
The Dukes got a run in the bottom of the third.  The Dukes added
three more runs in the fourth to make it a 4-2 ballgame.  In the
fourth, Carlos Hernandez had a two-run homer and Brian Richardson
added a solo shot.  The Dukes scored one in the fifth to take a 5-2
lead.  In the seventh, Ron Maurer's solo homer gave the Dukes a 6-2
lead.  The Buzz then went to work in the ninth inning, scoring 4
times to tie the game at 6.  Dan Hubbs was pitching for the Dukes
and he gave up consecutive walks to Brent Brede and Damian Miller.
Later, with one out, Chris Latham singled to score Brede and make it
a 6-3 game.  A hard-hit grounder from Steve Hazlett scored one Mark
Leonard (who reached base on a fielder's choice) -- Richardson
was charged with an error on that play.  Billy Brewer came in to
relieve Hubbs and gave up a 2-RBI double to Mitch Simons (scoring 
Hazlett and Latham) to tie the game.  The Dukes won in in the bottom
of the 10th on Richardson's three-run homer (scoring Hernandez,
Kirkpatrick, and Richardson).  Dukes reliever Billy Brewer (2-2)
got the win, the loser was Buzz reliever Scott Watkins (3-5).  The
game took 3 hours 5 minutes and 4,827 attended. . . .  In the
final First Half PCL standings, the Phoenix Firebirds are the
Southern Division champs.  The Northern Division first-half champs
are Edmonton Trappers and Tacoma Rainiers (tied for first).  

Sunday June 16

The Dukes and Buzz wrap up their 4 game series.  Today's
game also marks the end of the PCL First Half. . .  In Saturday's
game, the Dukes beat the Buzz 9-6.  Brett Roberts started
for the Dukes, Felix Rodriguez for the Dukes.  The Dukes scored first
with one run in the first.  The Buzz answered with two in the 
top of the second.  The Dukes got two in the third to take a 3-2
lead.  The 3-2 lead became a 5-3 defecit in the fifth -- the Buzz'
Matt Lawton hit a three run homer.  The Dukes tied and took the
lead in the sixth inning.  Reggie Williams singled and Karim
Garcia followed with a homer to right to tie the game.  The Dukes
took the lead when Billy Lott followed with a homer of his own.  
The Dukes added three more insurance runs in the eighth.  Lott
and Jay Kirkpatrick walked.  Carlos Hernandez's single to center
scored Lott.  Kirkpatrick scored on Ken Huckaby's pinch-hit
double.  Ron Maurer's fielder's choice scored Hernandez.  In the
top of the ninth, the Buzz got one run -- Matt Simons double
scored Steve Hazlett off of Mike Harkey.  Billy Brewer came in
to relieve Harkey and finished off the Buzz.  Dukes reliever
John Cummings (2-5) got the win, Roberts (5-5) took the loss.
Brewer got his second save.  The game took 3 hours 2 minutes
and 10,263 attended at the Sports Stadium.  . . .   In Dukes
roster moves, the Dodgers placed their IF Mike Busch on the DL
and purchased the contract of OF Oreste Marrero.  The Dodgers
also sent down SS Greg Gagne to start a rehabilitation assignment
with the Dukes.  

Saturday June 15

The Dukes and Buzz play game 3 of their series in Albuquerque. . . .
In game two, the Buzz beat the Dukes 10-2.  The only Dukes highlight
of the night was Ken Huckaby's two-run homer in the fifth.  The
rest of the night belonged to the Buzz.  They got on the board
with 4 in the first inning.  Matt Lawton had a two-run homer.
Todd Walker and Tom Quinlan followed with consecutive doubles (Quinlan's
double scoring Walker).  Quinlan scored on Mark Leonard's single.
Salt Lake scored five more times in the sixth.  Chris Latham doubled,
scoring 2.  Latham scored on Billy Brewer's wild pitch.  Walker
later drove in Lawton and Mitch Simons with a double.  The Buzz
added one last run in the ninth.  Gary Rath started for the Dukes
and was horrible on the evening.  Rath lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving
up 7 hits, 7 runs (all earned), six walks and seven strikeouts.
Rath (5-6) took the loss, Buzz starter Dan Serafini (3-2) got
the win, while former-Duke Jose Parra got his third save.  The
game took 3 hours 20 minutes and 3,661 attended. . . .  In
roster moves, C Carlos Hernandez cleared waivers and was assigned
outright to Albuquerque.  David Pyc was sent to AA San Antonio
to clear a spot on the Dukes roster for Hernandez. 

Friday June 14

The Dukes and Buzz continue their series at the Sports Stadium.
. . .  In a game that was televised in Salt Lake City by UTAH 4,
the Dukes beat the Salt Lake Buzz 7-3 on the strength of a grand
slam homer by Oreste Marrero.  Scott Klingenbeck started for
the Buzz, Will Brunson for the Dukes.  The Buzz built a fast
2-0 lead.  Brent Brede started the game with a walk and scored
when Todd Walker hit a two-run homer.  In the bottom of the first,
the Dukes answered with a run -- a sacrifice fly by Karim Garcia.
The Dukes got one more in the fourth using another sacrifice fly --
this time from Jay Kirkpatrick.  The Buzz took a 3-2 lead in the
sixth, aided by errors from shortstop Cliff Anderson and second
baseman Wilton Guerrero.  The Dukes then took the lead and added
insurance runs in the seventh inning -- Marrero's grand-slam homer
and Karim Garcia's second sacrifice fly of the game provided the
scoring.  John Cummings came into the game in the 9th and set
down the Buzz quietly.  Buzz reliever Marc Barcelo, who gave
up the grand slam, was the loser.  He is 2-2.  Albuquerque
reliever Mike Harkey (4-7) got the win -- his second win since
being converted from starter to reliever.   The game took 2 hours
34 minutes and 3,590 attended. . . .  On the Dukes injury front,
Brian Richardson sat out Thursday's game with a strained quadricep.
Reggie Williams has a sprained thumb, but was able to enter the game
in the seventh as a pinch-runner.  

Thursday June 13

The Dukes begin a homestand (and a four game series) with the
Salt Lake City Buzz (AAA Twins). . . .  In the last game of
the series with the Stars (and the last game of the road trip),
the Dukes got decent pitching from Darren Dreifort and beat
the Stars 10-2.  Dreifort went six innings, giving up 7 hits,
2 earned runs, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts.  Denny Harriger started    
for the Stars.  The Stars got one in the first.  The Dukes
scored 5 in the second to take a big 5-1 lead.  The Dukes added
one more in the fourth.  The stars added one in the sixth, and
the Dukes scored twice in the bottom half of the sixth to make
it a 8-2 game.  The Dukes scored twice more in the eighth.
The big offensive stars for the Dukes were Carlos Hernandez (a
solo homer), Brian Richardson (2 RBI on the night), Billy
Lott (3 for 5 with a solo homer), and Orestes Marrero (2 for 5
with a RBI and a run scored).  Dreifort (1-3) got the win [his
first PCL win] and Harriger (4-4) took the loss.  The game
took 3 hours 2 minutes and 3,577 attended. . . .  The Dodgers
put C Carlos Hernandez on waivers.  If he clears waivers (no
team willing to pay $20,000 to claim him), he'll be assigned
to the Dukes.

Wednesday June 12

The Dukes and Stars conclude their series in Las Vegas.  The
game also concludes the road trip. . . .  The Stars beat
the Dukes 4-1 on Tuesday night at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard first -- Cliff Anderson hit
a solo homer in the third.  In the bottom of the fourth, the
Stars struck for 3 runs -- Rico Rossy had a 2-RBI triple
and scored on Stars starter Mike Oquist's single.  The Stars
added their last run of the night in the eighth on Rob
Deer's solo homer.  Oquist (3-1) got the win, Dukes starter
Mark Mimbs (4-4) took the loss.  The game took 2 hours 31
minutes to play and 7,022 attended. . . .  With the loss, the
Dukes were eliminated from the PCL Southern Division first-half
race.  The Dukes are 5 1/2 games back of division-leading Phoenix
and only 5 games are left.  Colorado Springs is also eliminated
from the race, but Tucson (3 GB) and Las Vegas (4.5 GB) are
still in the race.

Tuesday June 11

The Dukes and Stars play game 3 of their 4 game series. . . .
In game two, the Dukes rallied to tie the game, but the Stars
won it in the ninth, 8-7.  Las Vegas got two runs in the first,
while the Dukes got one in the second to make it a 2-1 game.  In the
third, the Stars got three runs.  Rob Deer had a two run homer and
Sean Milligan added a solo homer.  The Dukes scored three in
the sixth -- Billy Lott's three-run homer accounting for the three
runs.  The Stars scored twice more in the seventh to take a 7-4 lead.
Deer had a triple to score Jim Tatum, and Deer later scored.  In
the top of the ninth, the Dukes were able to score three times to
tie the game.  Ron Maurer had a RBI double and Wilton Guerrero had
a 2-RBI double.  In the bottom of the ninth, Dukes reliever Ramser
Correa walked in the game winning run, a walk to Rico Rossy, scoring
Ira Smith.  Felix Rodriguez had started for the Dukes - he went
three innings, giving up 6 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks, and 3
strikeouts.  Correa (0-1) took the loss, Stars reliever Paul
Abbott (1-0) got the win.  The game took 3 hours 8 minutes
and 4,054 attended. 

Monday June 10

The Dukes continue their series with the Stars in Las Vegas. . . .  The
Dukes beat the Stars 5-3 in the first game of their series at Cashman
Field in Las Vegas.  Gary Rath started for the Dukes, Russ Swan for
the Stars.  In the first, Wilton Guerrero led off the game with a solo
homer to give the Dukes a early 1-0 lead.  In the third, the Dukes added
two more runs.  Ron Maurer singled and Guerrero walked.  Maurer scored on
a Reggie Williams single and Guerrero scored on Karim Garcia's groundout.
The Stars got on the scoreboard in the fourth using Sean Milligan's solo
homer.  The Stars scored once more in the fifth -- Paul Russo's triple
scored Doug Dascenzo.  The Dukes added their last two runs of the night 
in the seventh.  Williams singled, moved to third on a two-base error, and 
scored on Garcia's infield single.  Ken Huckaby singled to score Garcia.
Gary Rath (5-5) got the win, Dukes reliever Dan Hubbs pitched 2 1/3 innings
of scoreless relief to earn his second save.  Swan (2-5) took the loss.
The game took 2 hours 57 minutes and 3,798 attended.

Sunday June 9

The Dukes open up a 4 game series on the road against
the Las Vegas Stars. . . .  In the last game of the series
with the Sky Sox, the Dukes lost 4-2.  The Dukes got on the
board in the first inning using Oreste Marrero's sacrifice
fly.  The Sky Sox then quickly took the lead in their half
of the first, scoring four times.  Angel Echevarria doubled
and scored on Pedro Castellano's single.  Harvey Pulliam
walked and then David Kennedy hit a three run homer.  That was
all the runs the Sky Sox would score on the day and it was all
they would need.  The Dukes scored their last run in the fourth.
Dukes starter Will Brunson got his first loss in a Dukes suit (and
first loss in 3 starts since being called up from AA San Antonio).
Brunson is 2-1.  Sky Sox starter Roger Bailey (3-4) got the win.
The game took 3 hours 19 minutes and 4,602 attended. . . .  In
the PCL South standings, the Dukes are 5 games back with 8 games
to play in the first half.  

Saturday June 8

The Dukes and Sky Sox conclude their series. . . .  In game
three, the Dukes beat the Sky Sox 3-2 in 10 innings.  The Dukes
got on the board first.  In the first inning, Wilton Guerrero
singled, stole second, and scored on Karim Garcia's single.  The
Sky Sox got on the board in the bottom of the second -- Terry
Jones getting an RBI infield single.  The Dukes took the lead
with one in the top of the third.  Brian Richardson had an infield
second, moved to third on Garcia's double, and scored on a Sky
Sox error.  The Sky Sox tied the game in the fourth with a run.
The Dukes then won it in the 10th.  Guerrero walked, moved to
second on Chris Demetral's sacrifice, advanced to third on a 
groundout, and scored on Sky Sox reliever Tom Kramer's wild
pitch.  Darren Dreifort started for the Dukes -- he went 5
innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 runs (all earned), 4 walks, and
struck out 8.  Bryan Rekar started for the Sky Sox and has
been attempting to find his pitching groove again so he can
rejoin the Rockies.  He went six innings, giving up 6 hits,
2 runs (both earned), 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts.  Dukes reliever
Dan Hubbs (3-0) got the win, Sky Sox reliever Dwayne Henry (1-4)
took the loss.  The game took 3 hours 24 minutes and 6,496 attended
at Sky Sox Stadium.

Friday June 7

The Dukes and Sky Sox play game three of their series at
Sky Sox Stadium in Colorado Springs. . . .  Aided by 8 2/3 innings
of 4 hit, scoreless ball from highly regarded Rockies pitching
prospect Jamey Wright, the Sky Sox beat the Dukes 3-0 at Sky
Sox Stadium in Colorado Springs on Thursday.   Mark Mimbs
was the Dukes starter.  The Sky Sox got two off of Mimbs in the
fourth -- Angel Echevarria doubled and David Kennedy had a two
run homer.  In the seventh, the Sky Sox added their last run 
when Echevarria solo homered.  Wright, meanwhile, cruised in
the game until the ninth inning.  When two walks and a single
loaded the bases, Wright was pulled and Bobby Jones came in and got
pinch-hitter Ron Maurer to strike out to end the game.  Wright (3-1)
got the win, Jones got his second save, and Mimbs (4-3) took the 
loss.  The game took a short 2 hours 6 minutes to play in front of
3,045 happy fans. . . .  In Dukes news, Wilton Guerrero missed
Thursday's game with a pulled stomach muscle.  

Thursday June 6

The Dukes and Sky Sox continue their series in Colorado Springs.
. . .   In the first game against the Sky Sox, a 5-run second
inning keyed a Sky Sox 7-5 victory.  The Dukes scored one run
in the top of the first off of Sky Sox starter David Nied.  The
Sky Sox answered with one run of their own in the bottom of the
first (a Neifi Perez sacrifice fly) off of Dukes starter Felix
Rodriguez.  The Sky Sox then had a big, 5-run second (the highlight
a three-run double by Trinidad Hubbard).  Rodriguez didn't even
get an out in the second inning before being pulled.   Rodriguez
pitched 1 inning, giving up 4 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), 2 walks,
and had no strikeouts.  John Cummings came in and allowed an
unearned run.  The Dukes scored three in the top of the third,
chasing Nied in the inning.  Neid went 2 2/3 innings, giving
up 7 hits, 4 runs (all earned), 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts.  Sky
Sox reliefer Ryan Hawblitzel pitched the rest of the game (6 2/3
innings) and only allowed one earned run (the Dukes scoring
that in the ninth on Brian Richardson's sacrifice fly).  Colorado 
Springs had gotten their final run in the fourth inning (Cummings
unearned run).  Rodriguez (1-3) took the loss, Hawblitzel (3-5)
got the win (since Nied didn't go 5 innings).   The game took
2 hours 44 minutes and 2,443 attended.

Wednesday June 5

The Dukes begin a road trip with a 4 game series against
the Sky Sox at Sky Sox Stadium in Colorado Springs. . . .
In the last game of the homestand and the series with the
Stars, the Dukes won 11-4.  Mike Harkey was recently moved
into a middle relief role and the move appears to have paid off.
Harkey was able to pitch 4 2/3 scoreless innings, but more importantly,
he got his first win in nearly 2 months.  Russ Swan started
for the Stars, Gary Rath started for the Dukes.  Rath went 2 1/3
innings, giving up 5 hits, 4 runs (3 earned) and 3 walks and 1
strikeout.  Harkey came in and gave up only 3 hits, 1 walk,
and 5 strikeouts in his scoreless middle-relief stint.  Ramser Correa
pitched the last two innings (1 hit, scoreless ball, 4 strikeouts).
Swan went 6 2/3 innings, giving up 10 hits, 9 runs (all earned),
3 walks, and 6 strikeouts.  The Dukes scored twice in the
first.  The Stars scored once in the second inning and three
times in the third to take a 4-2 lead.  The Dukes added 3 runs in the
fifth, four in the seventh, and 2 in the eighth.  The offensive
stars for the Dukes were the number 1-5 hitters -- Wilton
Guerrero was 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI.  Brian
Richardson went 2 for 4, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored.  Karim
Garcia went 2 for 5, with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored.  Billy
Lott was 2 for 4, 2 RBI and 1 run scored.  Finally, Reggie
Williams was 2 for 4 with a RBI and a run scored.  Richardson
and Garcia homered in the game for the Dukes, Jason Thompson
homered for the Stars.  Harkey (3-7) got the win, Swan (2-4)
took the loss.  The game lasted 2 hours 35 minutes and 4,919
attended. . . .  In Dukes roster moves, P David Pyc was placed
on the DL and P Billy Brewer came off the DL.

Tuesday June 4

The Dukes and Stars conclude their 4 game series (and the
homestand ends).  In the third game of the series, Dukes
starter Will Brunson made his second start in a Dukes suit
and was able to do what no other Duke has done this season.
Meanwhile, Stars starter Pete Smith was shelled in what
I would think would have to be his worst outing of the season.
Brunson pitched a complete game.  It wasn't very masterful,
but he got the job done (and the Dukes gave him plenty of run
support).  Brunson gave up 9 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), one walk,
and 5 strikeouts.  He also stayed true to what people have
been saying about him -- very low walk totals.  Smith, on the
other hand, went six innings, giving up 15 hits, 11 runs (all
earned), 5 walks, and 5 strikeouts.  The Dukes' 16 hit attack
was led by Wilton Guerrero, Brian Richardson, and Orestes Marrero.
Guerrero was 2 for 4 with 4 runs scored.  Richardson went 3
for 4 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI.  Marrero was 3 for 4, with
5 RBI (three of those coming on a homer) and 1 run scored.  The
Dukes scored 2 in the  ´first, 4 in the third, and 1 in the
fourth to take a 7-0 lead.  The Stars came up with 2 in the sixth,
and the Dukes had 4 in their half of the sixth to take a 11-2 lead.
The Dukes scored their last run in the eighth and the Stars put
up 2 on the board in the ninth.  Brunson (2-0) got the win,
Smith (3-5) took the loss.  The game took 2 hours 43 minutes
and 2,623 attended. . . .  In Dukes roster news, it is believed
Billy Brewer will be coming off the DL today. C  Carlos Hernandez
joins the Dukes on a rehabilitation assignment. 

Monday June 3

The Dukes and Stars play game 3 of their series. . . .  In
game two, the Stars beat the Dukes 5-2.  Darren Dreifort
started for the Dukes, Denny Harriger for the Stars.  Harriger
had a great game, going seven innings, giving up 8 hits, 2 runs (both
earned), one walk, and 4 strikeouts.  Dreifort, on the other hand,
came out of the game still looking for his first victory in a Dukes
suit.  He went 5 innings, giving up 3 hits, 4 runs (1 earned), walking
4 and striking out 6.  The Stars took a quick lead, scoring once
in the first.  The added one more in the third inning, two more
in the fourth, and one in the seventh to take a 5-0 lead.  The
Dukes got their only 2 runs of the day in the bottom of the
seventh.  Brian Richardson doubled and scored on Ken Huckaby's
double.  Pinch-hitter Ron Maurer singled to left to score Huckaby.
Harriger (3-3) won, Dreifort (0-3) lost. The game took 2 hours
31 minutes and 7,721 attended on the last day of Sunwest Bank
weekend. 

Sunday June 2
The Dukes and Stars continue their 4 game series. . . .  In the 
opener of the series, the Dukes used a nine run seventh inning
to be the Stars 12-4.  The Dukes got on the board with one run
in the first.  The Stars got two runs in the fourth.  The Dukes
scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead.  In
the top of the seventh, the Stars Rob Deer hit a solo homer to
tie the game and then the Stars came up with another run to
take the lead.  The Dukes then had their run eruption.  Wilton
Guerrero had an infield single and moved to second on Reggie
Williams' sacrifice.  Karim Garcia tripled to left, scoring
Guerrero to tie the game.  Billy Lott, the next batter, stroked
a single to center and Garcia scored to give the Dukes the lead
at 5-4.  The Dukes then added seven more runs in the inning --
Cliff Anderson's sacrifice fly, Ken Huckaby's 2-RBI double,
Jay Kirkpatrick's RBI single, and Williams' three-run homer
to center.  Dukes starter Mark Mimbs (4-2) got the win, Stars
starter Mike Oquist (2-1) took the loss.  The game took 2
hours 58 minutes and 12,388 attended (a season-high attendance)
on the second night of Sunwest Bank Weekend.

Saturday June 1

The Dukes open up a 4 game series with the Las Vegas Stars
(AAA Padres) at the Sports Stadium. . . .  In the last
game of the series with the Trappers, the Trappers beat
the Dukes 14-8.  Two Trappers had big games -- Webster
Garrison blasted two homers, and on the night was 4 for
4 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.  Jason McDonald was 3
for 6, with 4 RBI (some coming on a homer) and 2 runs
scored.  Edmonton built a big lead early -- they were
able to come up with seven runs in the first inning off
of the Dukes starter Mike Harkey.  Harkey didn't even
last the first inning -- he only pitched 2/3 of an inning,
giving up six hits, 7 runs (all earned), two walks, and
no strikeouts.   The Dukes put two on the board in the bottom
of the first -- Karim Garcia tripled, scoring Wilton Guerrero.
Garcia scored on Oreste Marrero's single to right.  The Trappers
got one run the third, and the Dukes answered with one run in
their half of the third frame.  The Trappers scored twice
more in the fifth to make it a 10-3 game.  The Trappers
scored their final four runs in the seventh.  In the bottom
of the eighth, Garcia homered and the Dukes scored 4 more
in the bottom of the ninth, but it was very apparent that
the Dukes fell behind too far in the early part of the game
to mount a comeback as the game progressed.  Harkey (2-7) got
the loss, Edmonton reliever Paul Fletcher (2-0) got the win.
The game took 3 hours 24 minutes to play and 9,404 attended
on the first day of Sunwest Bank Weekend (the bank giving away
free general admission tickets for families). 

Friday May 31

The Dukes and Trappers end their series at the Sports Stadium.
. . .  The Trappers beat the Dukes 4-2 on Thursday night
at the Sports Stadium.  Edmonton got on the board first -- scoring
once in the seventh on a solo homer by Webster Garrison.  The
Trappers got three more runs in the eighth -- Damon Mashore singled
to right for an RBI and Tony Batista tripled to score two
more runs.  The Dukes got two runs in the bottom of the ninth.  
Oreste Marrero walked and pinch-hitter Jay Kirkpatrick singled.
Wilton Guerrero drove both Marrero and Kirkpatrick in with a 
triple.  Dukes starter Gary Rath had a great game until
the eighth inning.  Through seven innings, he only gave up 2 hits,
one run (earned), 4 strikeouts and 2 walks.   Trappers
starter Andrew Lorraine also had a pretty good game -- he went
7 innings, giving up 5 hits, no runs, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts.
Lorraine (2-2) got the win, Rath (4-5) got the loss.  The game
took 2 hours 45 minutes and 5,724 attended.

Thursday May 30

The Dukes play game three of their series against the Trappers.
. . .  In the second game of the series, the Dukes won 5-2.
Will Brunson, just promoted from AA San Antonio, got the
start for the Dukes and he did a good job.  Brunson pitched
6 2/3 innings, giving up 8 hits, 2 runs (both earned), 1 walk
and 6 strikeouts.  He seems to have a reputation from his pitching
with San Antonio of having good control (low walk totals).  
Albuquerque scored once in the first and three more times in
the third to take a 4-0 lead.  The Trappers got two in the 
fourth on a two-run homer by Mike Neill.  The Dukes got their
final run of the game in the fourth on Cliff Anderson's solo
homer.  Brunson (1-0) got the win, Edmonton starter Jamie
Despit (2-1) took the loss.  John Cummings earned his first
save for the Dukes.  The game took 2 hours 34 minutes and 3,530
attended. . . .  In roster moves, P Billy Brewer was placed on
the DL.  John Cummings was moved from the starting rotation
to the bullpen to give the Dukes a left-handed reliever.  That
action allowed Brunson to start Wednesday.

Wednesday May 29

The Dukes continue their series at the Sports Stadium against the
Trappers. . . .  In the opener of the series, the Trappers
beat the Dukes 7-3.  The Dukes got on the scoreboard first,
scoring one run when Ken Huckaby drove in Brian Richardson.
The Trappers scored three in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead.
The Dukes tied the game in the bottom of the fourth.  Karim Garcia
had a solo homer and Reggie Williams' single and two-base error
set up an RBI by Oreste Marrero.  The Trappers got two runs in
the sixth to make it a 5-3 Trappers lead and then put the game
away in the ninth when Jason Mcdonald had a two-run homer.  
Edmonton starter Willie Adams (5-3) got the win, Dukes starter
David Pyc (2-3) got the loss.  The game took 2 hours 41 minutes
and 3,595 attended. . . .  In Dukes roster moves, P Rudy Seanez
and P Jim Bruske were placed on the DL.  P Will Brunson was
called up from AA San Antonio.  P Felix Rodriguez was activated
from the DL.  C Brad Dandridge was demoted to San Antonio. IF
Rick Parker was put on the DL.  C Ryan Luzinski, son of former
Phillie Greg Luzinski, was promoted from San Antonio.  P Ramser
Correa was also promoted from San Antonio.

Tuesday May 28

The Dukes return home to the Sports Stadium to begin another
homestand and a 4 game series against the Edmonton Trappers (AAA
Athletics). . . .  In the last game of the roadtrip, the Dukes
beat the Calgary Cannons 10-9.  Dukes starter Mark Mimbs was rocked
early in the game.  In the first, the Cannons scored three times,
one of those runs coming on a solo homer by Jermaine Allensworth.
The Dukes scored once in the second.  The Cannons came up with two
more runs in the second, using a two run homer by Allensworth.  
The Dukes scored three times in the third, the highlight was a two-run
double by Billy Lott.  After the Cannons scored once in the fourth,
the Dukes took the lead at 8-6 by scoring four times in the fifth.
The Cannons cut the lead to one with a run in their half of the fifth.
Wilton Guerrero's RBI single gave the Dukes a 9-7 lead in the seventh.
The Cannons again cut the lead to one with a run in their half of the
seventh.  The Dukes scored once more in the eighth when Reggie Williams
singled.  The Cannons got a run in the ninth and threatened to tie
the game, but a slow grounder by Trey Beamon was fielded by Dukes
reliever Dan Hubbs, who was able to get the out at first to end
the game.  Jose Garcia (3-1) got the win, Cannons reliever Tom
Bolton (3-3) took the loss.  The game lasted 3 hours 25 minutes
and 2,145 attended.

Monday May 27

The Dukes and Cannons conclude their series in Calgary (and
the Dukes roadtrip ends). . . .  On Sunday, the Cannons beat
the Dukes 5-2.  The Cannons scored once in the second and twice
in the third (Trey Beamon's two run homer) to take a quick 3-0 lead.  
The Dukes scored once in the fifth when Dukes starter Mike Harkey's
sacrifice fly.  The Cannons came up with two more runs in the bottom
of the fifth -- Rich Audet doubled down the right field line to
score Beamon and Jerald Clark's sacrifice fly scored Audet.  The
Dukes scored their final run in the seventh inning.  Harkey (2-6)
got the loss, Calgary starter Gary Wilson (3-3) got 
the win and Cannons reliever Matt Ryan got his eighth save.
The game took 2 hours 8 minutes and 4,253 attended.

Sunday May 26

The Dukes and Cannons play game three of their series. . . .
In the second game of the series, the Cannons got their
turn to win the game in extra innings, beating the Dukes
6-5 in 10 innings at Burns Stadium in Calgary.  Albuquerque
got on the board first, scoring once in the fourth.  Calgary
answered with 4 runs in their half of the fourth to take a 4-1
lead.  The Dukes got three runs in the top of the fifth to
tie the game.  Karim Garcia and Billy Lott had back-to-back
homers in that fifth inning.  The Dukes took the lead at 5-4 in the
seventh when Lott doubled, scoring Wilton Guerrero.  The 
Cannons tied the game in the eighth when John Finn scored
from second on a Tony Womack hard hit ball off the glove of
Dukes first baseman Oreste Marrero.  The Cannons then won the
game in the 10th when Jerald Clark singled to drive in
Angelo Encarnacion.  Kenny Greer (1-1) got the win, reliever
John Cummings (1-5) got the loss.  The game took 3 hours 10
minutes and 7,386 attended. . . .  Wilton Guerrero rejoined
the Dukes much earlier than expected.  He was to have spent
most of the season in the Dominican Republic working with
Dodgers roving infield instructor Chico Fernandez on learning
to play second base, but he only spent a week there and rejoined
the Dukes for Saturday's game.

Saturday May 25

The Dukes and Calgary Cannons continue their 4 game series
in Calgary. . . .  The Dukes beat the Cannons 3-2 in the 12
innings Friday afternoon.  The Dukes got on the scoreboard
in the third, scoring once.  Chris Demetral scored when Cliff
Anderson singled.  The Cannons got two runs in the sixth to
take the lead.  Jerald Clark doubled, scoring Trey Beamon.  
Clark later scored when Reed Secrist singled.  The Dukes
tied the game in the top of the ninth.   Reggie Williams singled
and later scored when Demetral singled.  In the top of the
12th, Billy Lott singled with two outs and Anderson scored on
the play.  The Cannons were kept in check by Dukes reliever
Jose Garcia in the bottom of the 12th.  Garcia (2-1) got
the win, Cannons reliever Marc Pisciotta (0-4) took the loss.
The game took 3 hours 47 minutes and 3,677 attended.

Friday May 24

The Dukes move on to Calgary to play a 4 game series against
the Calgary Cannons (AAA Pirates). . . .  In the last game
of the series with the Edmonton Trappers at Telus Field,
the Trappers used two homers to beat the Dukes 2-1.  Scott Spiezio's
solo shot in the second off Darren Dreifort gave the Trappers
a 1-0 lead.  The Dukes scored one run the top of the seventh to
tie the game - Jay Kirkpatrick doubled and scored when Chris Demetral
singled to right.  In the bottom of the ninth, Brian Lesher's solo
shot off Billy Brewer won it for the Trappers.  Scott Rose (2-0)
got the win for the Trappers, Brewer (1-2) got the loss for
the Dukes.  The game took 2 hours 25 minutes and 7,535 attended.

Thursday May 23

The Dukes and Trappers conclude their series at Telus Field
in Edmonton. . . .  In game three, the Dukes used sloppy
Edmonton fielding to beat the Trappers 8-6.  The Dukes scored
four times in the second, aided by two Trappers errors.  Edmonton
scored once in the bottom of the second.  Edmonton added one
more in the fourth to cut the Dukes lead in half, 4-2.  The Dukes
scored with two in the top of the fifth, the Trappers tied the
game with 4 runs in their half of the fifth.  The Dukes
won the game in the top of the ninth.  Trapper reliever Paul
Fletcher gave up a walk to Cliff Anderson.  Anderson moved to third
when Brian Richardson had a double down the right field line. 
Reggie Williams was walked to load the bases.  Fletcher was
relieved by Steve Montgomery.  Montgomery got Oreste Marrero to
hit a weak grounder to the right, but Trappers first baseman
Scott Sheldon misplayed the ball, allowing Anderson to
score from third.  Montgomery then had a wild pitch with Billy
Lott at the plate, which scored Richardson.  Jim Bruske pitched
the bottom of the ninth and preserved the Dukes win.  Dan Hubbs (2-0)
got the win, Bruske got his first save, and Fletcher (1-4) took
the loss. Hubbs was masterful in middle relief -- he pitched 3 1/3
innings, giving up only one hit, no runs, walked one, and struck
out 4.  Dukes starter Mark Mimbs wasn't so hot -- he went 4 2/3 innings,
giving up 8 hits, all 6 earned runs, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts.
The game took 2 hours 36 minutes and 9,200 attended.

Wednesday May 22

The Dukes and Trappers continue their series in Edmonton. . . .
In the second game of the series, the Trappers beat the Dukes 5-0.
The Trappers got all the runs starter Dave Telgheder would need
in the third inning, scoring twice.  Tony Batista had a solo homer
and Kerwin Moore scored later in the inning on Dukes starter Mike
Harkey's error while trying to pick off another Trapper baserunner
who was on second base.  The Trappers scored three more times
in the eighth to finish the scoring.  Harkey (2-5) got the loss,
Telgheder (4-3) got the win.  The game took 2 hours 13 minutes
and 4,180 attended at Telus Field. . . .  Dukes pitcher Jody
Treadwell will undergo surgery on his right shoulder to fix
a lesion of the labrum (connective tissue).  Rick Parker has
been put back on the DL with a hamstring injury.  Cliff Anderson
was recalled from Class A San Bernardino on Monday to take Parker's
roster spot.

Tuesday May 21

The Dukes and Trappers play game two of their series in Edmonton.
. . .  In the first game of the series with the Trappers, the
Dukes won 10-3.  Albuquerque scored once in the first inning -- 
Billy Lott had a RBI single.  In the second, the Dukes scored
four more times.  Cliff Anderson had a 2-RBI single and Brian
Anderson had a two-run homer.  Edmonton scored twice in the
third inning.  The Dukes scored once in the fifth when Lott had
a solo homer.  The Dukes scored three more times in the seventh.
The Trappers got their last run in their half of the seventh.
The Dukes scored out the closing for the game by scoring once
in the eighth.  Gary Rath started for the Dukes and went 8
innings, giving up five hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 5 walks, and
3 strikeouts.  Jim Bruske pitched the ninth, walking one and
striking out one.  Rath (4-4) got the win, Trappers starter
Andrew Lorraine (1-2) got the loss.  The game took 2 hours
26 minutes and 6,279 attended. . . .  Wilton Guerrero will be going
to the Dominican Republic to work on being a second baseman.
He may return to the Dukes later in the season if he learns
second base well.

Monday May 20

The Dukes begin a roadtrip with a 4 game series against the
Edmonton Trappers (AAA Athletics). . . .  In the last game of
the series (and homestand) at the Sports Stadium, the Dukes
lost to the Canadians 16-4.  The Canadians came up with 23
hits along the way.  George Arias continued his hot streak --
he was 4 for 5 with six RBI (four of those coming on a grand
slam homer).  Dukes starter John Cummings was rocked for seven
runs in the first inning.  In the third, the Canadians came
up with five more (four of those on the Arias grand slam).  The 
Dukes put up 2 runs in the third, the highlight being Karim Garcia's
homer.  The Canadians put up three more in the sixth.  Billy Lott's
solo homer put the Dukes on the scoreboard once in their half of
the sixth.  Karim Garcia singled in a run for the Dukes in the
seventh.  The Canadians finished out the scoring by scoring once
in the top of the ninth.  Phil Leftwich (3-2) got the win,
Cummings (1-4) took the loss. . . .  The Dodgers placed
Carlos Hernandez on the DL and called up Tom Prince from
Albuquerque.  

Sunday May 19

The Dukes and Canadians finish their series at the Sports Stadium.
. . .  In game three, the Canadians beat the Dukes 16-12 in a wild
game.  Darren Dreifort started for the Dukes, Pep Harris for
the Canadians.  The Canadians jumped all over Dreifort -- by
the time the first inning was done, the Canadians had a 5-0 lead
(the major hit a two-run homer by Jovino Carvajal).  The Dukes
then whittled away at the lead.  They came up with two in the
second inning.  In the third inning, the Dukes took the lead.
Highlighting the six-run third was a two-run homer by Oreste
Marrero and a three run shot by Chris Demetral.  In the seventh
inning, the Canadians retook the lead by scoring six times.  
The Dukes scored four times in their half of the seventh to
regain the lead, 12-11.  Reggie Williams had a 2-RBI double
to highlight the inning.  Vancouver took back the lead (and
a lead that wouldn't be relinquished) in the eighth inning
by scoring five times.  The major events included Darin
Erstad's solo homer and a two-run double by Chris Pritchett.
Canadians reliever Ken Edenfield (2-2) got the win, Dukes
reliever Billy Brewer (1-1) suffered the loss.  The game
took 3 hours 43 minutes to play and 8,243 attended Little League
Night at the Sports Stadium.

Saturday May 18

The Dukes and Canadians continue their series at the Sports Stadium.
. . .  In game two, the Canadians beat the Dukes 7-2.  Jason Dickson
made his AAA debut for the Canadians and he pitched a complete game,
giving up 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts.  Vancouver
took a 2-0 lead in the second inning -- Chris Turner singled off of
Dukes starter Mark Mimbs and George Arias followed with a homer. The
Dukes got on the scoreboard in the third.  Juan Castro had a RBI
groundout.  Chris Pritchett homered in the fourth, a solo shot, to 
increase the Canadians lead to 3-1.  Orlando Palmeiro's RBI groundout
in the fifth inning increased the lead to 4-1.  Mimbs gave up
back-to-back doubles and was replaced by Dan Hubbs in the eighth
inning.  When all was done in the eighth, the Canadians had scored
three times (2 runs charged to Mimbs, 1 run to Hubbs).  In the
ninth, Juan Castro had a solo shot, but by that time the Canadians
were too far out in front and Dickson was too masterful for the Dukes
to even think about a comeback.  Dickson (1-0) got the win, Mimbs (3-1)
took the loss.  The game took 2 hours 18 minutes to play and 6,283
attended.

Friday May 17

The Dukes and Canadians play game two of their series in
Albuquerque. . . .  In the opener of the series, the Dukes
won 5-2.  The Dukes got two runs in the first -- Reggie Williams
singled and scored when Juan Castro tripled.  Castro scored
when Rick Parker singled up the middle.  The Canadians tied
the game with 2 runs in the fifth.  P.J. Forbes singled and
scored on a single by Orlando Palmeiro.  Palmeiro then scored
on a Aaron Ledesma single.  The Dukes broke the tie in the eighth
inning, scoring 3 times.  Castro singled, moved to second on
Parker's sacrifice bunt, and scored when  Brian Richardson
singled.  Orestes Marrero, later in the inning, put the game away 
with a two-run homer.  Canadians reliever Joe Rosselli (0-2) took
the loss, Dukes reliever Jim Bruske (3-0) (fresh from a demotion from the
Dodgers) got the win.  The game took 2 hours 39 minutes and
2,822 attended.  . . .  In Dukes roster moves, shortstop Cliff
Anderson will be demoted to Class A San Bernardino.

Thursday May 16

The Dukes and Vancouver Canadians begin a 4 game series at the
Sports Stadium. . . .  In the last game of the series with the
Cannons, the Dukes lost 16-6.  The Cannons scored three in the 
first, two in the third, and four in the fifth to take a 9-0 lead.
The Dukes finally got on the board in their half of the fifth, scoring
three times.  the Cannons added three in the seventh and three in the
eighth inning and one in the ninth.  The Dukes got 3 in the bottom of the
ninth but they just fell too far down earlier in the game to even catch
up.  The stars for the Cannons were Angelo Encarnacion, Daryl Ratliff,
and Tony Womack.  Encarnacion was 3 for 6 with a RBI and two doubles and
four runs scored.  Ratliff went 4 for 6 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI, 
and Womack was 3 for 5 with a run scored and 3 RBI.  Cannon first
baseman Reed Secrist had a solo shot in the game.  For the Dukes, Karim
Garcia homered (a two-run shot).  Garcia was the best Duke offensive
player for the night, going 3 for 5 with 1 run scored and 3 RBI.
Dukes starter Gary Rath (3-4) took the loss, Calgary starter Brett
Backlund (1-0) got the win.  The game took 3 hours 7 minutes and
3,979 attended at the Sports Stadium. . . .  In Dukes roster moves,
reliever Ryan Henderson was demoted to AA San Antonio, allowing
Darren Dreifort to remain with the Dukes on a normal, non-rehabilitation
assignment status.  First baseman Dan Melendez was also demoted, and
1B Jay Kirkpatrick was promoted from San Antonio.  

Wednesday May 15

The Dukes and Cannons conclude their series. . . .  In game three
of the series, the Dukes beat the Cannons 5-4.  The Dukes scored
two in the second inning.  Reggie Williams doubled and scored
when Oreste Marrero singled.  John Cummings later drove in Ken
Huckaby.  The Cannons scored four in the fourth inning to take
a 4-2 lead.  The Dukes mounted a comeback.  Huckaby had a solo
shot in the sixth inning.  The Dukes then took the lead in the
seventh inning when Karim Garcia had a two-run homer.  Calgary
reliever Kenny Greer (0-1) took the loss, the Dukes starter
Cummings (1-3) got the win.  Rudy Seanez earned his sixth
save.  The game took 2 hours 26 minutes and 2,591 attended.
. . .  In roster moves, the Dodgers demoted P Jim Bruske.  Felix
Rodriguez will be going on the DL to make room on the Dukes roster
for Bruske.  It is also expected that Darren Dreifort will remain
with the Dukes (taking away his rehabilitation assignment status
and making him assigned to Albuquerque).

Tuesday May 14

The Dukes and Cannons continue their series at the Sports Stadium.
. . .  In the second game, the Dukes beat the Cannons 12-6.  The
Dukes came up with 16 hits.  Even with so-so pitching, the Dukes
were still able to win.  Four Dukes drove in 2 runs each (Reggie
Williams, Karim Garcia, Tom Prince, and Brian Richardson).  Rick
Parker, Orestes Marrero, and Cliff Anderson drove in single runs.
One run was unearned.   Calgary jumped out to a fast 4-0 lead after
they finished batting in the second (scoring three in the first
and one in the second).  The Dukes came up with 2 runs in
the second and 4 in the third.  Calgary got two more in the fifth.
The Dukes got 4 in the sixth and two in the seventh to close out
the scoring.  Calgary reliever Tom Bolton (3-1) got the loss,
Dukes reliever Jose Garcia (1-1) got the win.  Darren Dreifort
had started the game in his final rehab appearance.  He went 4
innings, giving up 5 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), walking 5
and striking out 2.  The game took 2 hours 57 minutes and 4,984
attended at the Sports Stadium. . . .  In roster moves, the Dodgers
demoted IF Juan Castro when they promoted Billy Ashley from
his rehab assignment.  It is believed Wilton Guerrero will come
off the DL this week.  Guerero has been on the DL due to pulled
hamtring/quadriceps. 

Monday May 13

The Dukes and Cannons play game two of their series. . . .  In
game one of the homestand (and the series against the Cannons),
the Dukes beat the Cannons 14-4.  The Dukes scored two runs in
the first and two more in the second inning (Billy Ashley getting
3 RBI in the two innings).  The Cannons scored one run in the 
third inning.  The Dukes exploded for 7 runs in the seventh inning.
Oreste Marrero had a three-run shot (scoring Reggie Williams,
Billy Ashley and himself).  Tom Prince and Karim Garcia then
singled.  Cliff Anderson's infield single loaded the bases.  Dukes
starter Mark Mimbs came up and laced a two-run single to right.  
Rick Parker came up and tripled, scoring Anderson and Mimbs.
The Cannons scored one in the eighth -- the Dukes countered with
3 in the bottom of the eighth.  In the ninth, the Cannons got two
more runs.  Mimbs pitched a great game -- he went 7 1/3 innings,
giving up 5 hits, 2 earned run, no walks, and struck out 6.  
Mimbs (3-1) got the win, Calgary starter John Ericks (0-1) got the
loss.  The game took 2 hours 41 minutes and 3,938 attended. . . . 
In Dukes roster news, Billy Ashley was recalled by the Dodgers, thus
ending his rehab stint with the Dukes.  

Sunday May 12

The Dukes return home to the Sports Stadium to begin a 4 game series
with the Calgary Cannons (AAA Pirates). . . .  In the last game of
the series with the Canadians, the Dukes lost 7-3.  The Canadians
swept the four game series with the victory.  The Dukes got three
runs in the first to take a 3-0 lead (Orestes Marrero had one
RBI and Billy Lott had 2 RBI in the inning). The Canadians pulled closer
in the second inning -- George Arias had a two run homer.  The Canadians
then went on a run barrage in the fifth inning, scoring 5 times.
P.J. Forbes and Orlando Palmeiro both singled.  Ryan Ledesma then
had a base hit to score Forbes to tie the game at 3.  Dukes starter
Mike Harkey then walked Darin Erstad to load the bases.  Chris
Turner reached first on a fielder's choice (the out recorded at home plate
on the forceout).  Chris Pritchett singled to center to drive in Ledesma
and Erstad.  Turner scored when William Pennyfeather singled and Pritchett
scored when Billy Ashley committed a throwing error.  Vancouver starter
Shad Williams (4-0) got the win, Harkey (2-4) got the loss.  The
game took 2 hours 31 minutes to play at Nat Bailey Stadium.  

Saturday May 11

The Dukes and Canadians finish up their 4-game series in Vancouver.
. . .  On Friday, the Dukes lost once again, 6-4.  Vancouver had a 
five run eighth inning to aid in the victory.  The Canadians got
on the scoreboard in the third inning, scoring once.  The Dukes
put up 4 on the scoreboard in the seventh, the highlight being
a three-run homer by Billy Ashley (who is still with the Dukes
on a rehabilitation assignment).  The Canadians then went on
a run-scoring bonanza in the eighth.  After scoring one run in
the inning,  P.J. Forbes lined a single to right, scoring William
Pennyfeather and Chris Pritchett to tie the game at 4.  Forbes
scored on Jovino Carvajal's infield single to go ahead 5-4.  Carvajal
then scored on Orlando Palmeiro's single to left.  Canadians
reliever David Holdridge (2-0) got the win, Jeff Schmidt got his
ninth save, and Dukes reliever Rudy Seanez (0-2) got the loss.
The game took 3 hours 8 minutes and 4,091 attended in Vancouver.

Friday May 10

The Dukes and Canadians play game three of their 4 game series
in Vancouver. . . .  In game two, the Canadians used a rally to
beat the Dukes 5-3.  The Dukes went up 2-0 in the first inning.
Rick Parker doubled and scored on a Billy Ashley RBI single.  Ashley
later scored when Oreste Marrero singled to left.  In the third,
the Dukes added one more run on a Tom Prince RBI single.  The
Canadians then went into a big inning to tie and take the lead.
In the fourth, the Canadians scored 4 runs.  Chris Turner walked,
Darin Erstad had a bloop single, and Chris Pritchett got on base
by a perfectly executed bunt.  William Pennyfeather doubled down
the third base line to score Turner and Erstad.  Pritchett scored
to tie the game on Brian Grebeck's sacrifice fly.  The Canadians
took the lead when Jovino Carvajal's bunt single scored Pennyfeather.
The Canadians got one more run in the eighth when Turner scored on
a Pennyfeather single.  Canadians starter Pep Harris (1-0) got the win,
Dukes starter John Cummings (0-3) took the loss.  The game took 2 hours
31 minutes to play and 3,970 attended at Nat Bailey Stadium.

Thursday May 9

The Dukes and Vancouver Canadians continue their series
in Vancouver, BC. . . .  In game one, the Canadians beat
the Dukes 11-5.  The score was 1-1 after the first inning.
In the fourth, the Dukes took a 3-1 lead when Oreste Marrero
had a two run homer.  The Dukes scored once more in the fourth
when Karim Garcia had a RBI single.  The Dukes pitching then
failed them in the fifth and sixth innings -- Dukes starter
Darren Dreifort gave up 2 consecutive singles.  David Pyc then
came in to relieve Dreifort.  Pyc walked two batters in a row (the
second walk bringing in a run).  Darin Erstad singled to drive in
two runs.  Ryan Henderson came into the game to relieve Pyc. Henderson
walked in another run.  Aaron Ledesma had a two-run single.  The
Canadians got their seventh and last run of the fifth inning
when Henderson balked.  In the sixth, the Canadians got three
more runs.  Off of Henderson, Chris Turner had a 2-RBI single
and Chris Pritchett had a sacrifice fly.  The Dukes scored
the final run of the game in the eighth -- Tom Prince had
a RBI single.  Canadians starter Ryan Hancock (2-2) got the win,
Dukes reliever Pyc (2-2) took the loss.  The game took
2 hours 56 minutes and 4,744 attended at Nat Bailey Stadium.
. . .  In Dukes roster moves, Reggie Williams took a personal
leave of absence.  There is no idea when he will come back.  
. . .  In Dukes roster moves, Reggie Williams took a personal
leave of absence.  There is no idea when he will come back.  
Rick Parker was activated from the DL and Eddie Rios was demoted
to San Antonio.  Shortstop  Wilton Guerrero has gone on the DL
because of strained hamstring/quadriceps.  Promoted to the Dukes
were P Ryan Henderson and SS Cliff Anderson.

Wednesday May 8

The Dukes continue their roadtrip -- their final 4-game series
for this roadtrip begins tonight in Vancouver where they
play the Canadians (AAA  Angels). . . .  In the last game of the
series with Tacoma, the Dukes won 5-2.  For the second straight
evening, the Dukes got outstanding starting pitching.  Mark Mimbs
pitched 7 2/3 innings, giving up 5 hits, one earned run, and
striking out 5.  The Dukes got on the scoreboard in the fourth
inning when Chris Demetral's sacrifice fly scored Oreste Marrero.
The Dukes got one more in the fifth on a Tom Prince solo homer.
One more run was added by the Dukes in the sixth when Demetral
had a solo shot.  The Dukes got their final 2 runs of the
night in the seventh -- SS Cliff Anderson got hit by a pitch
with the bases loaded.  Brian Richardson came up and had a
1 RBI single to right.  Mimbs in the eighth inning gave up a
solo homer to Raul Ibanez.  The Rainiers got their last
run in the ninth when Greg Pirkl homered off of Dukes
reliever Dan Hubbs.  Rudy Seanez came in the game and struck
out the next two batters to preserve the Dukes victory.  Mimbs (2-1)
got the win, Seanez got his fifth save, and Rainiers starter
Tim Harikkala (3-3) took the loss.

Tuesday May 7

The Dukes and Rainiers finish up their series in Tacoma. . . .
In game three, the Rainiers won a pitchers duel, 2-1 in 10 innings.  Both
starters lasted at least 8 innings (Mark Wagner for the Rainiers,
Mike Harkey for the Dukes).  In the fourth, Brian Richardson had a solo
shot to put the Dukes up 1-0.  The Rainiers tied the game in the 
fifth inning when Chris Widger had a solo homer.  The game remained
tied until the bottom of the ninth when Reliever Rudy Seanez gave
up a double to Widger.  Desi Relaford then had the game-winning RBI
single (Widger scoring).  Seanez (0-1) got the loss, Rainiers
reliever Scott Davison (1-1) got the win.  The game took 2 hours
20 minutes and 1,950 attended.

Monday May 6

The Dukes and Rainiers play game 3 of their 4 game series in Tacoma.
. . .  In game two, the Dukes beat the Rainiers 8-0.  Gary Rath
had another super outing -- he went six innings, giving up only
one hit, walking 6, and striking out 6.  The Dukes scored two in
the first -- Billy Lott and Oreste Marrero each had 1-RBI singles.
In the second, the Dukes scored four more.  Karim Garcia had a three-run
homer and Marrero tripled in a run.  In the seventh, Oreste Marrero
singled to score Garcia, and in the ninth Karim Garcia had a solo
homer.  Relievers Dan Hubbs and Rudy Seanez pitched the final 3 innings,
combining for striking out 2 and giving up 2 hits.  Rath (3-3) got
the win, Rainiers starter Salomon Torres (1-3) took the loss.  The
game took 2 hours 31 minutes and 4,192 attended in Tacoma.

Sunday May 5

The Dukes and Rainiers continue their 4 game series in Tacoma. . . .
The Rainiers beat the Dukes 8-3 on Saturday.  What aided the Rainiers
to victory were homers by Desi Relaford, Greg Pirkl, and Arquimedez
Pozo.  Tom Prince had a solo shot for the Dukes in the game.  Other
than the homers, Tacoma starter Bob Milacki had a super game, going
7 2/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, 3 earned runs, walking 2 and striking
out 10.  Milacki, with the win, is 5-0.  Dukes starter John Cummings (0-2)
got the loss.  The game took 2 hours 25 minutes and was played in
front of 3,485.

Saturday May 4

The Dukes continue on their road trip, moving on to Tacoma to
play 4 against the Rainiers (AAA Mariners). . . .  In the
last game of the series with the Buzz, the Dukes won 7-4.  
The victory for the Dukes came when they had a four run seventh
inning -- Tom Prince singled off of Buzz shortstop Tom Quinlan's
glove to drive in three runs.  Billy Lott then doubled to score
Prince.  At that point, the score was 6-3 Albuquerque.  Reggie
Williams homered for the Dukes in the eighth inning to give
the Dukes a 7-3 lead.  The Buzz's Steve Hazlett solo-homered in
the ninth inning, but that was as close as the Buzz would get.
Also homering in the game was Kevin Reimer for the Buzz and
Brian Richardson for the Dukes.  Darren Dreifort started for
the Dukes and got a no-decision.  In this rehab assignment
start, he went five innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 runs (none
earned), walked none and struck out 5.  Dukes relieve Dan
Hubbs (1-0) got the victory.  Buzz starter Scott Klingenbeck (2-2)
took the loss.  The game took 2 hours 42 minutes to play and
8,863 showed up at Franklin Quest field.

Friday May 3

The Dukes and Buzz finish their 4 game series. . . .  In game
three, the Buzz beat the Dukes 4-3 in 11 innings.  Salt Lake
got the game winner on a solo homer by Brian Raabe.  The
Dukes were able to get on the board first, scoring one each in the third
and fifth innings.  The Dukes added one more in the seventh.  Salt
Lake then got things into gear -- they scored twice in the seventh
and in the ninth inning, Todd Walker singled up the middle to score
Brent Brede to tie the game.   The only other homer in the game, other
than Raabe's, was Brad Dandridge for the Dukes (a solo shot).  Buzz
reliever Scott Watkins (2-1) got the win, the Dukes reliever
Felix Rodriguez (1-2) took the loss.  The game took 3 hours
52 minutes and 6,780 attended. . . .  On Thursday, Brian 
Richardson was promoted from San Antonio to take Mike Busch's
spot when Busch was called up to the Dodgers.  This is Richardson's
second stint with the Dukes this season.

Thursday May 2

The Dukes and Buzz play game three of their series at Franklin
Quest field in Salt Lake City. . . .  In game two, the Buzz
beat the Dukes 11-3.  The Dukes got all three of their
runs on solo homers (by Billy Lott, Brad Dandridge, and Reggie
Williams).  Two Buzz homered in the game -- Kevin Reimer with
a solo-shot and Todd Walker with a three-run homer.  Mike Harkey
(2-3) pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, 6 earned runs,
one walk, and 4 strikeouts.  He got the loss.  Travis Miller (2-2)
won for Salt Lake -- he went seven innings, giving up 7 hits,
2 earned runs, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts.  The game took 2 hours
40 minutes and 7,069 attended. . . .   The Dodgers placed OF
Brett Butler on the DL and called up Mike Busch from Albuquerque.

Wednesday May 1

The Dukes and Buzz continue their series in Salt Lake City. . . .
In game one, the Dukes beat the Buzz 9-5 using the power of
homers to score their first seven runs.  Tom Prince had a solo
homer in the first inning to give the Dukes a 1-0 lead.
The Buzz scored one in the second inning.  In the third, the Dukes
erupted for six runs. Tom Prince had a two run homer, then Mike
Busch blasted a solo homer.  Billy Lott later in the third added
a three-run blast.  In the fourth, the Dukes came up with their
two last runs of the night (Billy Ashley and Oreste Marrero with RBIs).
The Buzz scored two in the top of the fourth, and one each in
the fifth and seventh innings.  Gary Rath pitched 8 innings for
the Dukes, giving up 11 hits, 5 earned runs, walking 1 and striking
out none.  He got the victory and is 2-3.  Buzz starter Brett
Roberts (0-3) got the loss -- all 7 of his earned runs were scored
on Dukes' homers.  The game took 2 hours 43 minutes to play and
6,061 showed up at Franklin Quest field.

Tuesday April 30

The Dukes hit the road for 3 4-game series.  They start out
in Salt Lake City to play the Buzz (AAA Twins) at Franklin 
Quest Field. . . .  In the last game of the homestand (and
the series with the Toros), the Dukes beat the Toros 9-8 with
a bottom of the ninth inning thriller.  Tucson got on the board first
with a run in the second inning.  The Dukes responded with a run in the
bottom of the third.  Reggie Williams' RBI in the fourth gave the Dukes
a 2-1 lead.  In the seventh, the Toros scored 4 runs (highlighted by
Eddie Pye's 2 run homer (his first of the season).  The Dukes were
able to score 3 in the bottom of the seventh (Reggie Williams' solo
shot, his first homer of the season was the key to the inning).  
Albuquerque scored once more in the eighth to take a 6-5 lead.
In the ninth, the Toros' Jeff Ball hit a 3 run shot (his second
homer of the season) to give the Toros a 8-6 lead.  The Dukes
then began their rally.  After scoring two runs and loading
the bases, Tom Prince was hit by a pitch from Toros reliever David
Evans.  The hit batsman allowed Brad Dandridge to score from third
with the winning run.  Evans (0-2) got the loss, Dukes reliever
Billy Brewer (1-0) got the win.  the game took 3 hours 29
minutes to play and 2,346 attended. . . .  In Dukes roster news,
Billy Ashley will join the Dukes in Salt Lake City on a rehabilitation
assignment.  

Monday April 29

The Dukes and Toros conclude their 4 game series at the
Sports Stadium. . . .  In game three of the series, the
Toros got super pitching from Billy Wagner to beat the Dukes
5-2.  Wagner, in six innings of work, struck out 10 Dukes
and gave up only one earned run.  Dukes reliever Mark Mimbs
had a RBI single in the fifth, accounting for the only run
against Wagner.  After five innings of play, the Toros were up
3-1.  The Toros added two more runs in the ninth, and in the
bottom of the ninth, Brian Richardson had a solo homer (his 
second of the season).  The Toros' Bob Abreu had also homered
in the game (hitting his second of the season).  Darren Dreifort
was the Dukes starter.  Things were good for him Sunday in his
rehabilitation start -- his pitch count was increased to 75 pitches
(previously 60 pitches his last two rehab starts) and he apparently
was able to pitch without pain again.  The bad thing was that
Dreifort (0-2) lost.  He went 4 innings, giving up 3 hits, 3 runs (2
earned) walking 3 and striking out 3.  Wagner (2-1) won.  The 
game took 2 hours 28 minutes and was played in front of 4,395. . . .
In Dukes roster moves, Richardson was sent back to San Antonio.
Ron Maurer was promoted from San Antonio.  Maurer has played parts
of the last couple seasons with the Dukes.

Sunday April 28

The Dukes and Toros play game three of their four game series.
. . .  In game two, the Dukes beat the Toros 18-13 in a slugfest.
In the game, the highlight was Mike Busch -- he hit two homers in
the game, in fact in the same inning, the 4th inning.  His first
homer that inning tied the record for career homers in a Dukes suit
(tying Sid Bream with 70 homers).  The record breaking, second homer
of the inning was a grand slam (his fourth homer of the season) and
giving him 5 RBI on the night.  The only person who did better
in the game was the Toros' Ray Montgomery.  He had three homers
in the game and had 6 RBI (a solo homer in the second, a three-run
shot in the third and a two run homer in the eighth).  The other
major storyline of the game was the horrendous Toros' defense --
eight errors on the night and four errors in the first inning
alone.  Also in the first inning, Tom Prince and Billy Lott
each had two run homers.  When all was said and done in the 
first inning, the Dukes had a 8-0 lead.  The Toros put up 2 on
the board in the second and the Dukes answered with one run.
The Toros tied the game in the third inning by scoring seven
times - the highlights being Montgomery's first homer of the game
and a three-run shot by Eric Christopherson.  The Dukes came up
with a 8 run fourth inning (Busch's 2 homers the significant part
of the scoring) and one more in the fifth to give them a 18-9
lead.  The Toros put up 4 more in the eighth inning but couldn't
pull any closer.  Tucson starter Eric Bell (0-2) took the loss,
Dukes reliever David Pyc (2-1) got the win.  The game took 3 hours
19 minutes and was played in front of 4,863.

Saturday April 27

The Dukes and Toros continue their series at the Sports Stadium.
. . .   In game one, the Dukes lost to the Toros 11-10 in 10 innings.
The Toros scored a run in the top of the first.  In the bottom half
of the first, Mike Busch's 2-run homer (his second of the season)
gave the Dukes a 2-1 lead.  The Toros scored once in the third and
the Dukes answered with one of their own in the bottom of the third.
The Dukes scored once more in the fourth, but gave up 3 runs in
the top of the fifth.  The Dukes scored twice in the bottom of the sixth
to make it a 6-5 game.  The Toros then exploded for five runs in the
top of the seventh to take a 10-6 lead, but the Dukes would not give
up.  They came up with three runs in the bottom of the eighth and
one run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 10 and send
the game into extra innings.  In the 10th inning, the Toros were
able to score --  on a double-play attempt, shortstop Wilton Guerrero's
throw to first base hit the Toros' Ray Montgomery, thus allowing Bob
Abreu to score.  David Evans kept the Dukes quiet in the bottom of the
tenth to preserve the Toros' victory.  Tucson reliever Bronswell
Patrick (1-1) got the win, Evans got his first save, and Dukes
reliever Jose Garcia (0-1) took the loss.  The game took 3 hours
43 minutes and was played in front of 4,295. 

Friday April 26

The Dukes begin a 4 game series with the Tucson Toros (AAA Astros)
at the Sports Stadium. . . .  In the last game of their series
with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Dukes defeated the Sky Sox 6-0.
Gary Rath started and had a very good game (his best performance of
the season).  He pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up only 4
hits, walking one, and striking out 6.  David Nied started for
the Sky Sox and was pounded in his five innings of work.  The Dukes
tallied for three runs in the second inning.  Chris Demetral had a solo
homer (his first homer of the season).  Catcher Brad Dandridge doubled
and scored on Rath's single down the left-field line.  Rath then scored
on Wilton Guerrero's infield chopper.  In the fifth, Mike Busch, fresh
off of the DL, singled, moved to second on Oreste Marrero's single, and
scored when Billy Lott singled.  Marrero scored on a Demetral sacrifice
fly.  Nied exited after the inning, and Sky Sox Dwayne Henry came in
to pitch in the sixth.  In that sixth inning, Karim Garcia singled,
scoring Guerrero.  Rath (1-3) got the win, Nied (0-3) took the loss.
The game took 2 hours 41 minutes and was played in front of 2,335
at the Sports Stadium. . . .  In roster moves, the Dodgers placed
pitcher Darren Hall on the DL and called up Jim Bruske. . . .  There
is also word that Billy Ashley may be coming to Albuquerque on a rehab
assignment.  He has been on the major-league 15 day DL for a strained
hamstring.  

Thursday April 25

The Dukes and Sky Sox finish their series at the Sports
Stadium. . . .  In game three, the Dukes finally figured out
the Sky Sox, winning the game 9-3.  It was a really close
game until the seventh inning.  The Dukes scored one run in
the first and fourth innings, and the Sky Sox scored one
run in the first and sixth innings.  After six innings of play,
the game was tied at 2.  In the top of the seventh, Craig Counsell
of the Sky Sox hit a homer to give the Sky Sox a 3-2 lead.  The
Dukes bats woke up after the seventh inning stretch -- the Dukes
scored three in the seventh and four in the eighth.  Chris Demetral
had 2 RBI, while Tom Prince and Ken Huckaby and Reggie Williams
had 1 RBI in the seventh/eight innings.   The other homer in the
game, occuring earlier in the game, was hit by Brian Richardson,
his first homer of the season.  Dukes reliever Jim Bruske (2-0)
got the win, Rudy Seanez got his fourth save, and Colorado Springs
reliever Dwayne Henry (0-3) took the loss.  The game lasted
2 hours 45 minutes and was played in front of 2,659. . . .
In Dukes news, Mike Busch will come off the DL and will play in
tonight's game.  . . .  In other roster moves, reliever Ramser
Correa is being demoted to AA San Antonio because of control
problems.  Jose Garcia is being promoted from AA San Antonio where
he had a perfect 0.00 ERA while with San Antonio.

Wednesday April 24

The Dukes and Sky Sox play game three of their four game
series in Albuquerque. . . .  In game two, the Sky Sox
whipped the Dukes 18-6.  The starters were Ryan Hawblitzel
for the Sky Sox and Darren Dreifort for the Dukes.  Hawblitzel
went five innings, giving up 11 hits and 5 earned runs.  You
would think that a bad performance would mean a loss, but not on
this night.  The Dukes were hurt all night by errors (7 errors) 
and plagued by 2 wild pitches and a passed ball.  Dreifort, making
his second start on his rehabilitation assignment, wasn't too specacular
either.  He went 2 innings, giving up 3 hits, 3 earned runs, walking
3 and striking out 3.  It was a good performance in that he was able
to pitch without pain for the second straight outing.  Dukes relievers
weren't able to hold the Sky Sox.  Mark Mimbs went 1 1/3 innings, giving
up 2 earned runs.  Ramser Correa went 1 2/3 innings, giving up 1
earned run, while Dan Hubbs went 2 2/3 innings giving up 3 earned
runs.  The only Dukes pitcher able to control the Sky Sox was Jim Bruske.
He was able to go 1 1/3 innings and struck out 4 while allowing
no hits, runs, or walks.  Colorado Springs had scored 2 in the
first, 1 in the second, three in the third, seven in the fourth,
one each in the fifth and sixth innings, and 3 in the eighth
inning.  The Dukes tallied two in the first, one in the third, two
in the fifth, and one in the ninth inning.  The Dukes' Billy Lott
had a homer (his second homer of the season).  Hawblitzel (1-1) got 
the win, while Bobby Jones was able to qualify for his first save
of the season by pitching 4 innings.  Dreifort (0-1) took the loss.
The game lasted 3 hours 24 minutes and was played in front of
3,302 at the Sports Stadium. . . .  Some positives from Tuesday's
game -- Wilton Guerrero had a first inning bunt single to extend
his reaching base streak to 18 games.  Karim Garcia extended his
hitting streak to 8 games.

Tuesday April 23

The Dukes and Sky Sox continue their series at the Sports
Stadium. . . .  In game two, the Sky Sox beat the Dukes 10-6 behind
the strong pitching of Sky Sox starter Mike Farmer.  He went eight
innings, giving up six hits, 2 earned runs, walking 3 and striking
out 5.  While he was taming the Dukes, the Sky Sox were able to
score 8 runs on the night (tallying one in the second, one in the
fourth, five in the fifth, and one in the seventh).  The Dukes
got on the board in the bottom of the sixth -- Karim Garcia scored
when Billy Lott doubled.  Lott later scored on Oreste Marrero's 
sacrifice fly.  In the ninth, the Sky Sox scored twice.  In the bottom
half of the frame, the Dukes didn't give up.  They came up with
4 runs but their rally ended just short.  In that ninth inning,
the highlights were Brian Richardson's 2-RBI single (Richardson
just called up from AA San Antonio earlier in the day).  Garcia
followed with a 2-RBI single of his own.  All four runs came
off of Sky Sox reliever Scott Fredrickson.  Sky Sox reliever 
Garvin Alston came in to get the final out and shut down the Dukes rally.
The only homer in the game came in the fifth inning, when Angel
Echevarria hit a two run homer (his second homer of the season).
Farmer (1-1) got the win, Dukes starter Jody Treadwell (1-1)
got the loss.  Alston earned his third save.  The game took
3 hours 9 minutes and was played in front of 4,616.

Monday April 22

The Dukes come back home to the Albuquerque Sports Stadium
to start a 4 game series against the Colorado Springs Sky
Sox (Rockies). . . .  In the final game of the series
against the Firebirds (and the road trip), the Dukes lost
7-4.  Phoenix scored twice in the bottom of the second.
The Dukes came up with a single run in the third when Wilton
Guerrero hit a solo homer (his first of the season).  Phoenix
came up with two more in the fourth and one in the fifth.  In
the sixth, Guerrero had a RBI triple.  Guerrero then scored
on Eddie Rios' sacrifice fly. Phoenix scored two more in the
eighth.  The Dukes scored one more run in the ninth when Karim
Garcia scored on Dan Melendez's sacrifice fly, but Firebirds
reliever Julian Heredia didn't allow the Dukes to score more runs.
Dukes starter Mike Harkey (2-2) got the loss, Firebirds starter
Jose Bautista (2-1) got the win.  The game took 2 hours 26 minutes
and 2,680 fans attended in Scottsdale. . . .  In roster news,
the Dodgers put OF Billy Ashley on the DL and promoted Juan
Castro from Albuquerque.  

Sunday April 21

The Dukes and Firebirds conclude their series in Scottsdale.
. . .  In game three, Chris Demetral's sacrifice fly scoring
Karim Garcia in the top of the ninth inning gave the Dukes a
5-4 victory over the Firebirds.  The Dukes started the scoring
in the game -- in the top of the first, Reggie Williams' RBI single
scored Wilton Guerrero.  In the top of the third, Williams drove
in another run.  Phoenix got on the scoreboard with a run in the 
fourth.  In the fifth, both teams scored one run each.  After
five, the score was 3-2 Dukes.  Phoenix tied the game at 3 in
the seventh (Dax Jones had a RBI triple).  Each team scored one
run in the eighth inning to make it 4-4, then the Dukes won it
in the top of the ninth and held the Firebirds in the bottom
half to preserve the victory.  Mark Mimbs (1-1) got the win,
Firebirds reliever Ricky Pickett (0-3) took the loss.  The game
took 3 hours 30 minutes and was played in front of 4,973.

Saturday April 20

The Dukes and Firebirds play game three of their series
at Scottsdale Stadium. . . .  In game two, the Dukes scored
five runs in the top of the ninth inning to take a 5-1
lead, but the Firebirds were able to come up with five runs
in the bottom of the ninth to win 6-5.  Oreste Marrero and Karim
Garcia each had 2 RBI in the ninth inning.  Two Dukes errors
(by shortstop Wilton Guerrero and second baseman Eddie Rios) 
aided Phoenix's rally in the bottom of the ninth.  Chris Hook (1-0)
got the win, Dukes reliever Mark Mimbs (0-1) took the loss.  
The game took 3 hours 27 minutes and was played in front of
4,060.

Friday April 19

The Dukes and Firebirds continue their series in Scottsdale.
. . .  In game one, the Firebirds beat the Dukes 5-4.  Darren
Dreifort, beginning his rehabilitation assignment, started
for the Dukes.  He was on a controlled pitch count and was
able to pitch 3 innings.  He gave up 7 hits, 3 earned runs,
and  had one walk and one strikeout.  Albuquerque scored
three runs in the second inning.  After three innings,
the game was tied.  The Firebirds took the lead in the
fourth inning.  The Dukes tied up the game in the sixth
inning. The Firebirds came up with one of their own (and
the eventual game winning run) in the bottom of the sixth.
Ken Huckaby was the offensive star for the Dukes, going
2 for 4 with 2 RBI and a run scored.  Dax Jones of the Firebirds
went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and a run scored.   Firebirds
reliever Doug Vanderweele (1-0) got the win, while Dukes
reliever John Cummings (0-1) took the loss.  The game took
2 hours 40 minutes and was played in front of 2,520. . . .
In roster moves, Mike Busch (sore foot) and Rick Parker (hamstring)
went on the DL.  Infielder Eddie Rios and infielder Brad Dandridge
were promoted from Class AA San Antonio. . . .  Meanwhile,
second baseman Garey Ingram was examined in Los Angeles by Dr.
Frank Jobe, who concluded Ingram has tendinitis in his right
shoulder.  

Thursday April 18

The Dukes begin a 4 game series against the Phoenix Firebirds
in Scottsdale Stadium. . . .  The Dukes had Wednesday off.

Wednesday April 17

The Dukes have the day off.  In the final game of the series
with the Toros, the Dukes lost 7-1.  Albuquerque scored
first in the first inning.  Chris Demetral scored on a Billy
Lott grounder.  The rest of the game belong to the Toros.  The Toros
scored once in the first, three times in the fourth, twice in the
fifth, and once in the sixth.  Doug Mlicki pitched seven innings
for the Toros, giving up just the one earned run.  Mlicki (1-1) got
the win, Dukes starter Mike Harkey (2-1) got the loss.  The
game took 2 hours 40 minutes and was played in front of 1,592 fans
at Hi Corbett Field. . . .  The Dukes are currently a team full
of injuries.  Demetral was promoted from Class A San Bernadino
when Garey Ingram went on the DL.  Mike Busch is day-to-day with
an ankle injury, Rick Parker left Tuesday's game with a pulled
hamstring and is day-to-day, catcher Tom Prince also left Tuesday's
game with a ankle injury and is day-to-day. . . .  Darren Dreifort
is scheduled to begin a 30-day rehab assignment with the Dukes.
Manager Phil Regan has penciled him in to start game one of the
series with the Firebirds in Phoenix (Thursday night's game).  

Tuesday April 16

The Dukes conclude their series with the Toros in Tucson. . . .  In
game three of the series, the Toros beat the Dukes 7-3 behind
the pitching of Toros starter Donne Wall.  Tucson scored
4 runs in the first two innings and that's all Wall would need.
Wall (2-0) went 7 innings, giving up 3 earned runs and striking out
8 Dukes.  Dukes starter Gary Rath (0-3) picked up the loss.  The
game took 2 hours 37 minutes and was played in front of 2,177 at
Hi Corbett Field.

Monday April 15

The Dukes/Toros series continues at Hi Corbett Field in
Tucson. . . .  In game two of the series, the Dukes beat
the Toros 3-2.  Tucson scored single runs in the second and
third innings off of Dukes starter Felix Rodriguez.  The Dukes
then got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning -- shortstop
Wilton Guerrero singled, went to second on an error, advanced
to third on Rick Parker's bunt single and scored when Karim
Garcia hit into a double play.  In the fifth, the Dukes
got one more run when Tom Prince scored on Ken Huckaby's
groundout.  The Dukes took the lead in the sixth inning
when Guerrero scored on Oreste Marrero's double.  Rodriguez (1-1)
got the win, Toros starter Chris Holt (0-1) took the loss.  A
committee of Dukes pitchers (Dan Hubbs,  John Cummings, Jim
Bruske, Billy Brewer, and Rudy Seanez) held the Toros scoreless
the rest of the game from the sixth inning onward to preserve
the Dukes win.  Seanez got his third save.  The game took
2 hours 49 minutes and 1,787 fans attended.

Sunday April 14

The Dukes play game two of their series in Tucson against
the Toros. . . .   The Dukes defeated the Toros 9-1 in the
opener of the four game series.  Albuquerque scored once
in the third, twice in the third, three times in the fourth,
two times in the fifth and once in the seventh innings.  Tucson
got their lone run in the eighth inning.  The stars for the Dukes
were Rick Parker (1-3, 2 RBI), Karim Garcia (3 for 5, 2 RBI), and
Oreste Marrero (3 for 4, 3 RBI).  Dukes starter Jody Treadwell
had a spectacular game, by far the best starting pitching game
of the season.  He went six innings, giving up 0 runs and 6 hits.
Ramser Correa pitched the final three innings, just giving up
1 hit and 1 earned run.  Treadwell (1-0) got the win, Correa
got his first save, and Toros starter Billy Wagner (0-1) took
the loss.  The game was played in 2 hours 48 minutes in front
of 5,078 fans.

Saturday April 13

The Dukes hit the road for the first time this young season.
They head to Hi Corbett Field in Tucson to start a four
game series with the Toros. . . .  In the last game of
the series (and homestand), the Dukes beat the Phoenix
Firebirds 12-10 in front of a nice, Friday-night crowd
of 6,053.  The highlight for the Dukes was Karim Garcia --
he had two homers and actually should have had three if
the umpire didn't blow a call.  The ball was ruled by
one of the umpires as having bounced off the outfield wall
and Garcia was able to get a triple.  Video from one of the local
television stations showed the ball bounced off of the scoreboard
and should have been a homer.  But in the end, that ruling didn't
affect the outcome of the game.  Garcia on the night went 3 for 4
with 4 RBI.  Oreste Marrero and Tom Prince got into the homer
act as well -- Marrero and Prince both hitting their first homer
of the season.   The Dukes had scored two in the first and
five runs in the second to take a big 7-0 lead.  Phoenix scored
twice in the third.  The Dukes added four more in the fourth 
to make it 11-2.  Phoenix scored one in the fifth.  In the
sixth, Phoenix made the "there is no safe lead at the Sports Stadium"
saying come true -- they scored seven times to pull to one run down.
Prince's homer in the sixth, a solo shot, gave the Dukes one more
insurance run and Dukes relivers Dan Hubbs, Billy Brewer, and Rudy
Seanez were able to keep the Firebirds from scoring in the later
innings of the game.  Dukes starter David Pyc (1-1) got the win,
Firebirds starter Jamie Brewington (0-1) took the loss.  Seanez
got his second save.  The game took 3 hours 13 minutes. . . .
The Dodgers activated Scott Radinsky from the DL on Friday
and demoted John Cummings to Albuquerque. 

Friday April 12

The Dukes and Firebirds conclude their series. . . . In game
three, the Dukes defeated the Firebirds 7-5.  The Dukes
didn't play well, but managed to win the game with a timely
rally.  The Firebirds scored once in the top of the second
inning.  The Dukes came up with two runs in the bottom half of
the frame to take the lead.  Plagued by two Dukes errors and
a passed ball, the Firebirds had a four-run fifth inning to
take a 5-2 lead.  The Dukes were able to score five runs in
the sixth inning to regain the lead.  Dukes relievers Dan
Hubbs, Billy Brewer, and Rudy Seanez kept the Firebirds
scoreless in the last three innings.  Dukes starter Mike
Harkey (2-0) went six innings, giving up seven hits and
5 earned runs.  Harkey got the win, while Firebirds starter
Jose Bautista (1-1) took the loss.  The game took 2 hours
39 minutes and was played in front of 2,355 fans. 

Thursday April 11

The Dukes and Firebirds continue their series at the Sports
Stadium. . . .  In Wednesday's game, the Firebirds cruised
to a 6-0 win.  Firebirds starter Shawn Estes breezed through
the Dukes lineup in his 6 innings of work.  Three Firebirds
relievers were able to finish up with ease -- the result
was allowing only four Dukes hits and no Duke made it past
second base in the game.  The Firebirds scored once in the
third, fourth, and sixth innings.  Jacob Cruz hit his
first homer of the season, a two run shot, in the seventh
and the Firebirds scored one more run in the eighth.  Estes (2-0)
got the win, Dukes starter Gary Rath (0-2) took the loss.  The
game took 2 hours 31 minutes and was played in front of 2,061 
Dukes fans.

Wednesday April 10

The Dukes and Firebirds play game two of the series. . . .
In the series opener, the Dukes were able to rally in the
eighth inning to beat the Firebirds 8-6.  The key to the
rally was Rick Parker -- Parker was able to beat out at
first base a potential inning-ending double play ball.  
Lott scored from third to tie the game on that fielder's
choice play.  Juan Castro's triple off the  outfield fence
allowed Tom Prince and Parker to score insurance runs.  
In the first inning, Lott hit a three-run homer as the Dukes built
a 3-1 lead.  The Dukes scored single runs in the fourth and fifth
innings to take a 5-2 lead at that point in the game.  Dukes
starter Felix Rodriguez was relieved by Mark Mimbs in the sixth
inning.  Mimbs wasn't able to hold the Dukes lead, giving up three
runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to give the Firebirds a
6-5 lead.  The Dukes had their eighth inning rally and relievers
Jim Bruske and Billy Brewer were able to hold the Firebirds in
the ninth inning to preserve the victory.  Bruske (1-0) got the
win, Steve Mintz (0-1) took the loss.  Brewer got his first save
of the season.  The game took  2 hours 54 minutes and was
played in front of 2,941. 

Tuesday April 9

The Dukes and Phoenix Firebirds start a 4 game series at
the Albuquerque Sports Stadium. . . .  The Dukes had Monday
off.

Monday April 8

The Dukes have the day off. . . . In the final game of the series
with the Rainiers, the Dukes lost 9-4.  Tacoma scored all of
their runs in the first five innings.  Dukes starter David
Pyc only lasted one inning, giving up six hits and five earned
runs.  The Dukes were able to come up with a run in the third
and three in the third, but were held scoreless for the rest of
the game.  James Bonnici his a homer for the Rainiers in the
game (his third of the season).  The winner was Bob Milacki (1-0).
Pyc (0-1) took the loss.  The game was played in 2 hours 55 minutes
in front of 4,135 fans at the Sports Stadium.

Sunday April 7

The Dukes and Rainiers finish their series at the Albuquerque
Sports Stadium. . . .  In game three of the series, the Dukes
were finally able to score early and often on their way to
winning a game against the Rainiers in the series.  The Dukes
won 14-6.  Mike Busch had a grand slam in the first inning to
give the Dukes a quick 4-2 lead.  Ken Huckaby had a three
run shot in the third inning to put the Dukes up 8-3.  The Dukes
then scored one in the fifth and four in the sixth.  Tacoma
added three in the seventh and the Dukes had one in the eighth
to finish the scoring.  Mike Harkey was able to pitch deeper in
the game than the previous two Dukes starters this season (Harkey
went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 8 hits, 6 earned runs, walking one
and striking out 2).  Harkey (1-0) got the win, Rainiers
starter Salomon Torres (0-1) took the loss.  The game took
2 hours 55 minutes and was played in front of 4,135. . . .
The Dodgers put P Ramon Martinez on the DL and called up P
Antonio Osuna from Albuquerque.

Saturday April 6

The Dukes and Rainiers play game three of the series. . . .  In
game two of the series, the Rainiers beat the Dukes 12-6.  The star
of the night for Tacoma was Brian Hunter.  He had two homers (in
the first two games of the season, he has hit three total).       
Arquimedez Pozo also homered for the Rainiers in the game (his first
of the season).  The problem with the Dukes is that the Rainiers
scored fast and early in the game (in the sixth inning, the Rainiers
were up 9-0).  The Dukes scored three in the sixth, two in the seventh,
and one in the eighth but never could make it a game.  Dukes starter
Gary Rath (0-1) took the loss, Rainiers starter Tim Harikkala (1-0)
got the win.  The game took 2 hours 58 minutes to play and 2,348
attended. 

Friday April 5

The Dukes and Rainiers continue their 4 game series. . . . In the 
season opener, the Rainiers beat the Dukes 10-5 in windy, cold 
conditions at the Albuquerque Sports Stadium in front of a crowd
of 5,003.  Rainiers DH James Bonnici had 2 homers on the night, both
solo shots and both coming off of Dukes starter Felix Rodriguez.
In the first, the Rainiers' Arquimedez Pozo had a triple to drive
in two runs.  The Dukes scored twice in the bottom of the fifth
(Karim Garcia's RBI single and Mike Busch's high fly ball that 
the Rainiers Desi Relaford dropped) to pull closer to Tacoma, making
the score 4-2.  The Rainiers scored three runs in the top of the sixth
to break the game wide open.  The Rainiers scored three runs in the
top of the eighth -- Brian Hunter's solo shot the highlight of the 
inning.  The Dukes were able to score three times in their
half of the eighth, but they could not pull any closer.  Tacoma
starter Matt Wagner (1-0) got the win, Rodriguez (0-1) took the
loss.  The game took 2 hours 30 minutes to play.


Thursday April 4

The Dukes open up the season (and a 4 game series) with the
Tacoma Rainiers. . . . The starters for the home opener
looks like this:  LF Billy Lott; CF Reggie Williams; RF Karim
Garcia; 3B Mike Busch; SS Wilton Guerrero; 2B Garey Ingram;
1B Dan Melendez; C Tom Prince, and P Felix Rodriguez.

Wednesday April 3

Here is how the Dukes pitching situation looks (at least at
the start of this season).  The starting pitching rotation
will consist of Felix Rodriguez, Gary Rath, Mike Harkey, David
Pyc and Jody Treadwell.  Dan Hubbs, Mark Mimbs, and Jim Bruske
will be the long middle relief pitchers, while Rudy Seanez and Ramser
Correa will be the setup men for Antonio Osuna and Billy Brewer. . . .
The Dukes open up the season (and a 4 game series) with the Tacoma
Rainiers (AAA Seattle Mariners) Thursday night at the Sports Stadium.

Tuesday April 2

Manager Phil Regan has named Felix Rodriguez his opening day starter.
Opening day is Thursday evening, April 4 against Tacoma. . . .  Antonio
Osuna was demoted by the Dodgers. . . .   There will be one more free
open batting practice session at the Sports Stadium on Wednesday
afternoon.  

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