Make sure to check out JD's all-new stuff below, but inside you'll find out what happens when people stop being polite, and start using their first basemen to pitch because they're embroiled in the second-longest game in franchise history.
Triple-A: First baseman Kevin Barker took the mound in the 17th and gave up 3 runs as the Bats lost 5-2 . Louisville was in a reliever crunch given Saturday's 13-inning game and the promotion of Bill Bray, so after Jim Brower threw 2 scoreless innings, Rick Sweet decided to give the ball to the oldest Bat ever. The game went 4 hours, 48 minutes (somewhere around third all-time) and was one inning shy of the longest in franchise history. Alvin Colina struck out 5 times (one away from the plutonium sombrero!), and most of the other stats involve people not hitting (2 for 8s, 1 for 7s, etc.) The Bats struck out 20 times total, which might be a franchise record; I'll have to look that up. Danny Ray Herrera made an appearance, striking out 2 and allowing a hit in 2 scoreless innings. Rick Sweet blew through Jay Bruce with a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth, so the bench was very thin late. UP NEXT: New series with Toledo, tonight at 7.
Double-A: The Lookouts finished their postponed game with Carolina by winning 6-4 , then won the 7-inning nightcap 1-0. 23-year-old Shaun Cumberland finished the opener with a 2-for-3 line, then went 2 for 3 in Game 2. His leadoff homer was, obviously, the game's only score. He's still white-hot on the season -- he leads the Southern League in on-base percentage and is third in OPS. Ben Jukich allowed 6 hits in 6.2 innings but walked 4 and struck out just 1. Josh Roenicke finished the night with two saves. UP NEXT: Game 5 vs. Carolina, 7:15 tonight.
High A: The bad news is that Justin Turner lost the FSL batting lead. The good news is Chris Valaika took it from him. Valaika went 5 for 5 with a homer and three runs as Sarasota beat Dunedin 9-2. Turner went 1 for 5 to extend his hit streak to 14 games, but Valaika (8 games) and Drew Stubbs (9 games) also extended hit streaks. Stubbs was 3 for 5 with a homer and 3 RBIs. Ranks of the night: Valaika, Turner and Stubbs are all in the top 4 in the Florida State League in batting average and OPS. Valaika is first in BA and OPS and second in SLG. Wowie. Travis Wood pitched a nice game, and Sean Watson had 2 strikeouts in a perfect inning of relief. Most of the damage done by the Reds came at the hands of Gustavo Chacin, who was once the Blue Jays' No. 3 starter but has since fallen apart and is trying to come back from shoulder surgery. UP NEXT: New series vs. Tampa, 7:30 tomorrow.
Low A: Dayton rained/snowed out and will be played as part of a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 6. Today's noon start still stands.