From my pal @Bongreatness...

The first 25,000 fans in attendance today will receive a Reds Cap, courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio.  Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 5:40PM for all other fans.  However those gate opening times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

During pregame ceremonies tonight we will recognize the finalists for the MSA sport High School Coach of the Year.  Our five finalists are Josh Patrick (Fairborn HS), Pete Muehlenkamp (Reading HS), Brion Treadway (Badin HS), Tom Kilgore (Milford HS) & Joe Voegele (LaSalle HS).  The overall winner will be announced at the end of today’s ceremony.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be Mike Dungan, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville.  Dungan is a native of Cincinnati and supporter of the Reds Community Fund.



From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 9th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by Hilliard Lyons.  The postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a Grateful Dead soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.

During pregame ceremonies tonight the Reds & Reds Community Fund will salute retiring Cincinnati Public Schools athletic director Dave Dierker.  Dave has been a RCF board member and advisor for the Community Fund for nearly a decade and has worked tirelessly to expand extracurricular opportunities in the Cincinnati Public Schools system for more than 18 years.


Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight

Five of the six affiliates won three or more contests last week, but they ended the week a combined 19-19. Louisville, Pensacola and Billings all tallied winning weeks and four wins each.

Louisville was led by the offensive punch of Hernan Iribarren. The infielder has hit safely in 15 straight games and helped lead the Bats to a 4-3 week. Last week, he hit .500 (13-for-26) with nine runs, 3 homers and 9 RBI. He homered in three straight games from 7/19-7/21. He led the IL in RBI, HR, runs and hits while finishing second in batting average last week. In the month of July, Iribarren is hitting .448 (26-for-58) with 3 homers and 13 RBI.

While, Iribarren has turned it on of late, Tyler Mahle’s magical season continues. The right-hander started the season with Daytona, going 8-3 with a 2.50 ERA, before being moved to Double-A Pensacola. He has been even better with the Blue Wahoos, going 5-1 with 2.41 ERA in six starts. Last week, in his only start for the Blue Wahoos, he went 6 innings, allowing zero earned runs with 5 strikeouts. Pensacola went 4-2 and within one game of first place in Southern League South division.

Billings continued their winning ways last week, as they tallied another winning week, going 4-2. Billings leads the Pioneer League North division by three games over Great Falls. The Mustangs had another big week at the plate as Daniel Sweet and John Sansone paced the attack. Sweet batted .500 (6-for-12) with three extra-base hits and 2 RBI, while Sansone hit .556 (10-for-18) with 3 doubles and 2 RBI. Sansone had a team-high six runs scored. On the mound, Alex Webb led the league with 2 victories last week. The right-hander went 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

AZL Reds and Daytona won three games each last week.

The AZL Reds tallied an even 3-3 mark, in large part to the pitching of Luis Alecis and Wennington Romero. Alecis went 0-0 with 0.00 ERA in seven innings of work. He struck out 6, and has not allowed a run since 7/11, while Romero went five scoreless innings with 8 strikeouts.

After losing four straight to the St. Lucie Mets, the Tortugas have won 3 of their last 4 games and finished the week 3-4. Angelo Gumbs clubbed an FSL-high two homers on the week. He is one homer shy of reaching the double digits mark, and finished the week batting .259 (7-for-27) with three runs and 3 RBI. Keury Mella turned in one of his finest starts of the season on 7/18 vs Jupiter, tossing six innings, allowing one run with 5 strikeouts. He improved to 7-6 on the season and dropped his ERA to 3.18.

Dayton had another tough week to go with their tough season. Dayton went 1-5, but first rounder Nick Senzel has lived up to the billing for the Dragons. Senzel clubbed homer No.1 on 7/18 and homer No.2 on 7/20. He hit .375 with 2 homers and 9 RBI last week. On 7/18 vs Wisconsin, Senzel was a double shy of the cycle as he went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI, leading Dayton to their lone win of the week.

RED Bites: Tyler Stephenson is finding his groove with Dayton. Last week, he hit .471 (8-for-17) with 3 doubles and one RBI… Jesse Winker hit .423 (11-for-26) with 3 doubles for Louisville. Since returning from the DL, Winker is hitting .367… Rookie Davis went 2-0 with 1.64 ERA in 11 innings of work last week for the Blue Wahoos. He led the league with two wins…

The affiliates continue play through the week as they are inching closer to a combined .500 mark, 213-228. With 15 games to make up, the Reds will look for another big week on the diamond.


If you are attending the Reds vs. Diamondback game on Saturday, July 23 (7:10pm) you’ll have the opportunity to purchase autographed baseballs and photos from the Reds Wives Mystery Ball & Photo fundraiser.

Baseballs and photos from the 40 man roster as well as others are included. A list of players included will be available at the fundraiser.

The Reds Wives will be selling baseballs for $40 and photos for $20 (cash only) inside the reentry gate at Great American Ball Park starting when gates open at 5:40pm until they are gone (or the end of the game). Fans must have a ticket to the game to participate.

All proceeds will benefit SPCA Cincinnati who are committed to the welfare of animals by providing shelter and care, advocacy, speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves and providing the means to enhance the bond between people and animals.


Reds will be wearing these throwback uniforms today

Reds will wear these throwback uniforms today



From my pal @Bongreatness

Today over 600 boys and girls from the Reds Community Fund’s Reds Rookie Success League summer program will participate in a pregame parade around the field. The Reds Rookie Success League (RRSL), a free, coed, character-building summer baseball program, entering its fourteenth summer in Cincinnati and throughout Reds Country this season.

Also during pregame ceremonies today we will honor the Greater Cincinnati Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year finalists.  Our four local finalists are Corie Hisle (Buenger Club), Tahjay Woodard (Findlay Street Club), Adrian Hall (MSU Club) & Kendal Neal (U.S. Bank Club).

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches today will be country music recording artist David Nail.  Nail is in town promoting his newest album “Fighter”.

Today’s game will be televised on MLB Network.  Today’s throwback uniforms are part of a league–wide initiative as the Braves will wear 1969 uniforms and Reds will wear uniforms from the early-2000’s era to honor Ken Griffey Jr.’s upcoming induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Reds are one of eight teams participating in MLB’s Throwback Day.



The Reds today claimed from the Nationals RHP Abel De Los Santos and optioned him to AA-Pensacola.

De Los Santos, 23, went a combined 1-1 with 5 saves and a 3.67 ERA in 29 appearances for AAA-Syracuse and AA-Harrisburg. He entered 2016 as Washington’s 20th-best prospect as ranked by Baseball America.

The Reds 40-man roster is currently at 40.




From my pal @Bongreatness...

Tonight is the annual Xavier University Night at Great American Ball Park. Hundreds of Xavier students, faculty & alumni will join us for a pregame parade around the warning track, amongst other activities.

During pregame ceremonies we will honor the Reds Way Employee of the Month for July, Ticket Seller Clayton Nevels.

Today is also the fifth and final Kid Glove Game of the 2016 season.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the fourth Kid Glove Game of the 2016 season.  Now in its 68th consecutive season, the Kid Glove program has helped raise more than ten million dollars to buy baseball & softball equipment for more than 40,000 youngsters in the Greater Cincinnati area.  As part of tonight’s festivities the Rosie Reds will present a $4,000 donation to the Kid Glove Program.

Tonight we also welcome hundreds of employees and their families from the Brighton Center.  This year the Brighton Center is celebrating 50 years of transforming lives in our community.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight on behalf of Bristol Motor Speedway will be Daniel Hemric, Driver in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Daniel will be racing at Bristol Motor Speedway when NASCAR returns to the track August 17-20.





From my pal @Bongreatness...

Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a Reds Team Card Set, courtesy of Kahn’s.

Today is the annual Season Ticket Member Photo Day with the Reds. Hundreds of Reds full & half season ticket members will join us on the warning track prior to the game for the opportunity to take a photo with their favorite mascots, coaches & players.

Today is also the second annual Lauren Hill Day at GABP. In conjunction with the Lawrenceburg (IN) community the Reds are happy to host friends, family and supporters of the Lauren Hill “Fight for Cure” Foundation. Amongst those joining us for a pregame ceremony today will be Lauren’s parents Brent & Lisa.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Isaac Carree for the singing of God Bless America.


Happy birthday, Lisa Braun!


From my pal @Bongreatness...

The first 25,000 fans in attendance at tonight’s game will receive a Zack Cozart bobblehead, courtesy of PNC Bank.  Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 5:40PM for the general public.  However those gates opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

 Tonight is the second Season Ticket Member Appreciation Night of the 2016 season.  Over 20 Season Ticket Members will be honored during pregame ceremonies, each receiving a custom framed gift from the Reds organization, saluting them for their many years of support. 


So fun to see several members of Crystal Palace FC at Great American Ball Park last night!  They’re in town, all the way from London, to play an exhibition match against our friends FC Cincinnati tonight.

The players we spoke to last night are really excited to be in Cincinnati.  One member of the team said it’s the best city they’ve been to while touring the US.  They were grateful of the good food in town and how nice the people here have been.  Well done, Cincy!

Members of the Crystal Palace Football Club on 7/15/16 at Great American Ball Park

Members of the Crystal Palace Football Club on 7/15/16 at Great American Ball Park


Did you happen to see Reds third base coach Billy Hatcher rocking the traditional stirrups last night?



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 24,745 other followers

%d bloggers like this: