All in all, a nice day for our No. 1 picks from 2006 and 2007.
Triple-A: The Bats scraped together a couple runs and shut out Buffalo. Adam Pettyjohn scattered six hits to get his first win in more than a month. Shaun Cumberland doubled and scored in his first start for Louisville.
Double-A: In his first game for Chattanooga, Drew Stubbs went 4 for 5 in the Lookouts' 9-8 loss. Stubbs doubled and scored a run and now leads the team with a very sustainable .800 batting average. He was hitting only .261 in Sarasota with a disappointing .406 slugging percentage, although he maintained a respectable .366 OBP. But if he puts up an .800/.800/1.000/1.800 line in the majors, that should be good enough to start in center. Justin Turner and Danny Dorn added 2 hits apiece.
High A: Alexander Smit struck out 8 in 7 innings but took the loss as Sarasota fell 3-1. The Reds managed just 3 hits.
Low A: Devin Mesoraco's grand slam highlighted his 1-for-4 day as Dayton won 5-2. It was only Mesoraco's 4th homer on the year. In the Dayton Daily News story, Mesoraco acknowledges he's been swinging at bad pitches of late. "I've been trying to relax," he says. Kyle Lotzkar went 5 shutout innings, striking out 7 and walking 2. He's still 18 and kind of totally awesome. He should be our next stud throwing prospect.
Rookies: Billings lost 7-5. ... Alexis Oliveras had 4 of the G-Reds' 15 hits in a 7-3 win over the Red Sox. Evan Hildebrandt gave up a couple earned runs. BTW, I'm nicknaming Yen-Wen Kuo "Stat". ... The Dominican Reds scored 10 in the first and won 19-5. They did that without a home run all game.