SUNDAY’S #REDS BASELINE ITEMS

Tonight’s rundown courtesy of my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight’s game is being shown on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Official game time is 8:06PM.  The National Anthem is scheduled for 7:53PM.

The first 8,000 kids 14 and younger in the ballpark tonight will receive a free Jay Bruce Silver Slugger wiffle ball bat, courtesy of John Morrell. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 6:06PM for Season Ticket Holders and 6:36PM for the general public. However those gate opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code if the crowd outside the gates dictates it so.

During the middle of the 7th inning we will be joined by Jordan Woodie, who will perform God Bless America on saxophone.

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Some pretty important dates in Reds history that I felt necessary to share with you Cincinnati baseball fans.

First, on June 9, 1955, the Reds traded Bob Borkowski to the Dodgers for Joe Black.  Black would become the first African-American pitcher in Reds franchise history.

On this date 23 years ago, the Reds traded Ron Robinson and Bob Sebra to the Brewers for Glenn Braggs and Billy Bates.  Four-and-a-half months later, Braggs and Bates would become world champions.  Braggs was a vital part of that 1990 world championship run, and who can forget Billy Bates scoring the winning run in Game 2?

courtesy: Sports Illustrated

courtesy: Sports Illustrated

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The Reds first pick of the 2011 draft, Robert Stephenson is hitting his stride for Class-A Dayton.  The 20 year-old is currently working on an 18.2 consecutive scoreless innings streak.  Last night at Ft. Wayne, Stephenson fired 7 scoreless innings, allowing just 3 hits with 1 walk and 8 strikeouts.  Over his last 6 starts, he’s 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA (4er, 38.2ip), 50 strikeouts, 5 walks and a .144 opponent’s batting average.  Incredible.

Stephenson also invented the locomotive.  Fact (Google it).

8 Robert Stephenson

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To see a list of all 40 players the Reds selected in this weekend’s First-Year Player Draft, click on the PDF below…

Draft Picks All Rounds – PDF

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Tonight’s lineup coming soon…

Let’s win the series tonight, whaddya say?!

Expect good news

Jamie

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