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Farmers Only: Danny Graves puts on a Bats uniform, and J.C. Sulbaran pulls off his latest miracle by leading Dayton to a win over Fort Wayne

  • Louisville lost a nationally televised heartbreaker 8-7Sam Lecure pitched a gem, giving up only 1 run in 7 innings of work, but the Bats bullpen melted down in the 8th inning, giving up 7 runs.  As someone who watched the end of the game (and provided attractive commentary), I can say that it was one of the worst meltdowns I've ever watched, and puts those old Reds bullpens to shame.  Pedro Viola might have major league stuff, but to not have the composure to get one out after an error (it should have been) is telling me he's not ready yet.  Despite his defensive adventures in CF, Chris Heisey had a great game at the plate with two doubles and a homer, his first in AAA.  Chris Valaika also went deep for his 4th of the season.  Up next: Bats are off tomorrow.
  • Carolina lost to Chattanooga 4-2 behind a pretty weak effort.  Tom Cochran started, giving up 4 runs in 5 2/3 innings, and the offense couldn't pick him up, managing only 5 hits.  The lone bright spot was Ruben Medina and Ramon Geronimo both throwing hitless outings from the bullpen.  Up next: The Mudcats take on 'Nooga again at 11:15 AM, with no starter listed with Dallas Buck back on the DL.  Chris Kelly maybe?  I don't know.
  • Sarasota was rained out.  They'll play a doubleheader with Tampa today at 5, with Travis Webb and Scott Carroll set to start the games.
  • Dayton won against Fort Wayne 5-3 behind a good start from J.C. Sulbaran.  Sulbaran went only 4 innings, but gave up no earned runs and struck out 6 while walking 3.  Andrew Bowman pitched 3 shutout innings in relief for the win, and Aguido Gonzalez pitched two perfect for his 8th save.  Byron Wiley and Kevin Coddington had two hits each.  The best part about this game is that this is the first time the Dragons have beaten the TinCaps this season, in their 12th try.  Are we sure that J.C. stands for Juan Carlos?  Up next: Oscar Castro will take on the Fort at 7.
  • Billings finally won their second game, beating Helena 9-6Humberto Sosa was the star, going 3-for-4 with a HR and a double.  Luca Panerati pitched 4 innings and gave up 2 runs, but Ezequiel Infante and Brian Pearl pitched 4 scoreless innings of relief.  Up next: The Mustangs take on Helena at 9:05.  No starter listed, but if the rotation stays the same it'll be Tzu-Kai Chiu.
  • The GCL Reds beat the GCL Twins 4-1 behind a great outing by Tyler Cline.  Cline went 5 innings of shutout ball, only giving up 2 hits.  Donald Lutz and Theodis Bowe had two hits each for the Reds.  Is it time to start worrying about Juan Duran?  He's 0-for-17 to start the season.  Up next: The GCL Reds are off today.
  • Roster Moves: Dallas Buck returns to the DL, with Chris Kelly replacing him.  Kelly was last seen pitching in the FSL last year with Tampa, to the tune of a 5.67 ERA, but with so many injuries rocking the Mudcats right now, they need a warm body.  Hopefully it'll go better than the Kyle Aselton experiment went.  Steven Otterness is back with Dayton after a shot of espresso with AA.