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Farmers only haven't got time for the pain

Homer Bailey

With the Reds now somehow mired in a 4-game losing streak, what do you do to stay hopeful? Does reading about the farm system help? Do you take comfort in promising but insignificant details, like Edinson's ERA or Dunn's home runs? Do you need to take some time off from the team, or do you like to put yourself through the same misery every day? Just curious.

Triple-A: You'll take no comfort in knowing that Homer Bailey got knocked around again in the Bats' 7-6 loss at Toledo. Homer allowed 6 hits and 5 walks (!) in his 6+ innings of work, accounting for 5 runs, all earned. He did strike out 6, although his ERA vaulted to 4.30. Jay Bruce was 1 for 3 with a walk, and Louisville staple Kevin Barker had a grand slam. Tyler Pelland struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced. UP NEXT: Game 2 at Toledo, 7 tonight.

Josh Roenicke

Double-A: Tonys Gutierrez's on-base streak was snapped at 28 games as Chattanooga lost 4-1. The Lookouts managed only 3 hits -- 2 by Cody Strait -- and Sam LeCure struck out 7 in his 5.1 innings. He also allowed 9 hits and 4 runs. Josh Roenicke struck out 2 in his inning, and he has his ERA all the way down to 3.15. In his last 8 appearances (7 innings) he's allowed just 1 run, striking out 8 and walking 2. He's up to 25K in 20IP. UP NEXT: Chattanooga at West Tennessee, Game 3, 8:05 tonight.

Devin Mesoraco

High A: St. Lucie provided little trouble for Sarasota as the Reds won 9-1. Alexander Smit struck out 5 in his 6 scoreless innings, giving up just 3 hits. Todd Frazier doubled and scored twice, Juan Francisco hit his first triple of the year and Drew Heisey homered for the S-Reds. Ramon Geronimo struck out 1 in an inning and now sports a sick 0.86 ERA. UP NEXT: Game 2 vs. St. Lucie, 7 tonight.

Low A: Devin Mesoraco went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs -- his first multihit game of the season -- in Dayton's 9-4 loss to Lansing. Kent Mercker threw a perfect inning of relief, and Jeff Jeffords and Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette combined for 7 strikeouts in 4 innings. UP NEXT: New series at West Michigan, 6:35 tonight.