From my pal @Bongreatness...

The first 25,000 fans in attendance at today’s game will receive a Joey Votto Super Bobblehead, presented by John Morrell. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 5:40PM for the general public. However those gate opening times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

Today is our annual Autism Speaks Night at Great American Ball Park. We welcome hundreds of supporters of Autism Speaks, including those who will participate in a pregame ceremony with us tonight.

Serving as Honorary Captain today will be PGA Tour professional Jim Herman. Herman is a St. Xavier High School & University of Cincinnati product who won his first career PGA Tour event at the Houston Open in March.



From the department of Expect Good News:

Reds hitters have an Extra-Base Hit Pct of 54.3% (19 XBH/35 H) versus RHP in the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 30 teams; League Avg: 36.6%)

Billy Hamilton has not swung and missed (15 swings) in the past 7 days . (MLB Rank: 1st of 89 part-time players; League Avg: 23.3%)

Jay Bruce has a .765 Slugging Pct (13 total bases in 17 AB’s) versus RHP in the past 7 days. (League Avg: .402)

Dan Straily (today’s starter) has allowed an OPS of just .195 (21 PA’s) on two-strike counts over the past 14 days (4 games). (League Avg: .474)

Jay Bruce’s Well-Hit Avg is .294 (5/17) versus RHP in the past 7 days. (League Avg: .146)

Zack Cozart has an OPS of 1.073 (36 PA’s) versus starting pitchers this year. (MLB Rank: 14th of 214 full-time players; League Avg: .741)

Eugenio Suarez has 24 total bases in 38 AB’s (.632 Slugging Pct) at home this year. (League Avg: .394)

Reds hitters have a Strikeout Pct of just 12.1% (15/124) with runners in scoring position this season. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 30 teams; League Avg: 21.1%)

Caleb Cotham has pitched 8.1 straight innings without allowing an earned run (Matt Albers has the longest active streak with 32.2).

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