Farmers only swim in Valaika

Chris Valaika
Valaika

Triple-A: Jay Bruce was 0 for 3 with 2 RBIs and Kevin Barker homered as Louisville beat Richmond 11-8. Paul Janish was 1 for 4, and Ryan Hannigan, Andy Phillips, Luis Bolivar and Adam Rosales all had two hits. Todd Coffey gave up 2 runs in his first AAA appearance of the year. UP NEXT: Bats at Richmond, 7 tonight.

Double-A: Josh Roenicke got out of a pinch in the eighth but ran into trouble in the ninth, allowing two singles and a walk-off double as the Lookouts lost 7-6 at Mississippi. Shaun Cumberland was 2 for 4 to improve his league-leading on-base percentage to .468. Cody Strait and Tonys Gutierrez had 2 hits apiece. UP NEXT: Game 3 at Mississippi, 8 tonight.

High A: Chris Valaika's ownership of the Florida State League lingered into another month, although the S-Reds lost 5-2 to Tampa. Valaika was 2 for 4 with a homer and now leads the FSL in batting average (.388), OPS (1.014), slugging percentage (.612), total bases (71), RBIs (29), home runs (6) and hits (45, 10 more than the guy in second). Most of those are organizational highs, too. He was a third-round pick in 2006 and started hot in Billings, with a .907 OPS. He started well in Dayton last season before struggling at the end of the year in Sarasota. He's had no problems thus far in 2008. There's another guy in our system who put up similar numbers in his first three years. UP NEXT: Tampa rubber match, 7 tonight.

Low A: The Dragons were off, although Todd Frazier homered in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday. Game 1, Game 2. UP NEXT: Burlington at Dayton, 7 tonight.

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