Cincinnati wasn't the only Reds affiliate to lose tonight. We got shut out.
Triple-A: International League Pitcher of the Week Justin Lehr got smacked for a three-run homer in the sixth and Marcus McBeth got lit up with two outs in the ninth as the Bats fell 10-3 to Norfolk. The game was tied with two outs, no one on and two strikes before McBeth allowed four singles, a wild pitch, two walks and a grand slam to, er, put the game away. Lehr looked good other than the homer, striking out six in six innings and allowing no other runs. Jerry Hairston got the day off, and Jay Bruce (on his figurine night) was 0 for 3. UP NEXT: Bats travel to Toledo today.
Double-A: Luis Bolivar and Cody Strait homered, but Chattanooga lost 3-2 in the rubber match (Game 5) in eight innings at Huntsville. B.J. Szymanski was 0 for 3 with three strikeouts. Sam Narron, the cousin once removed of former Reds skipper Jerry Narron, got the win for Huntsville. UP NEXT: Tonight vs. Mobile, 7:15. Joey Votto bobblehead night for the first 1,000 fans.
High A: Juan Francisco went 2 for 3 with a homer, his fourth of the season, in Sarasota's 5-3 loss to Fort Myers. Chris Valaika and Justin Turner were both 2 for 4. Travis Wood gave up 4H, 2R, 2BB with 2K but took the loss. His first three starts of the year have been pretty solid. UP NEXT: Game 2 vs. Fort Myers, 6 p.m.
Low A: The Dragons managed only four hits and lost 7-2 to Clinton. Keltavious Jones, Brandon Waring and Todd Frazier combined to go 0 for 10 for Dayton. Jeff Jeffords went 1.1 innings, allowing two hits and his first run of the season, and Quebecois Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette continued his strong start, striking out 4 in 2 innings. UP NEXT: Game 2 against the Lumber Kings, tonight at 7.