#REDS BASELINE ITEMS: CATCHING UP

The hardworking staff at Better Off Red took a few days off last week to recover from the 10-game homestand. Everyone is back today and accounted for, so let’s get to it…

First, how about Joey having some fun with the fans in Philadelphia:

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Reds staffer Juan Durodo files the Minor League Spotlight from Friday, May 13:

The Reds minor league system continues to show promise as they had another solid week in the field of play. The affiliates went a combined 14-14 with three of the four squads tallying a record of .500 or better.

With a 4-4 week, Louisville is clinging to the top spot in the International League Wild Card. The Reds Triple-A affiliate has 19-14 mark and hold a 1.5 games lead over the Indianapolis Indians.

While Louisville held serve this past week, Double-A Pensacola has made its move up the Southern League South standings. The Blue Wahoos won five games last week, going 5-2. After taking 4 of 5 from Biloxi, the Wahoos have won three straight over Chattanooga and sit half a game back of the front-running Biloxi Shuckers.

The offense has been sizzling of late, hitting a combined .273 (39-for-143) with five homers and 24 runs scored in their last 4 games.

Tony Renda and Kyle Parker have led the offense in the last week. Renda is batting .375 (12-for-32) with three doubles, one triple and three RBI. He has hit safely in seven straight games and currently leads the team in batting.

The former 2nd round draft choice of the Washington Nationals in 2012 is having a resurgence with the Reds organization after being traded over from the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman trade.

Parker, like Renda is looking to make his mark with the Reds organization. After being released by the Colorado Rockies following Spring Training, Parker has found a home Double-A Pensacola. The former 1st round pick (26th overall) in 2010 out the University of Clemson is enjoying his time with the Blue Wahoos. In seven games, he is batting .350 (7-for-20) with a double, one homer and five RBI. He spent last season between Triple-A Albuquerque and Colorado, connecting for 12 homers in 129 games.

With the offense clicking on all cylinders and a pitching staff boasting a combined 3.17 ERA through 34 games, it is a matter of time before the Blue Wahoos take sole possession of the Southern League South lead.
Pensacola and the rest of the Cincinnati affiliates continue play this week as they look to improve from their 61-73 mark.

Red Bites: Right-hander Rookie Davis was placed on the DL on 5/12. The No. 12 prospect in the Reds system was 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA before being put on the DL… The top pick in the 2015 First Year Player Draft, Tyler Stephenson returned to action on 5/10. In two games since his return he is 1-for-5 with two runs scored and two walks for the Dayton Dragons.

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Congratulations to Travis Pierce for winning last week’s Better Off Red contest!  Travis was randomly selected to win a box full of goodies that include a Mr. Redlegs X-Wing Fighter bobblehead.

The contest question was:  If Tucker Barnhart were to appear in an upcoming Star Wars film, what would be his character’s name and what side would he support (Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire)?

Travis responded with:  Buck Harttar, a pilot for the Rebel Alliance.

We got many fantastic answers and lots of chuckles to the question.  If you didn’t win this time, we’ll have another contest soon, so stay tuned.

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A big thanks to all of you who participated in the 15th annual Redlegs Run at GABP on Saturday!

3,300 participants raise more than $150,000 at the 2016 Redlegs Run

CINCINNATI (May 14, 2016) – Nearly 3,300 runners and walkers participated in the 15th annual Coldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run at Great American Ball Park earlier today, raising over $150,000 for the Reds Community Fund.

• The overall top 5K male finisher was Kevin Herd of Maineville, OH with a time of 16:53
• The overall top 5K female finisher was Heather Clark of Cincinnati, OH with a time of 20:42

• The overall top 10K male finisher was Zachary Holtkamp of Alexandria, KY with a time of 33:42
• The overall top 10K female finisher was Halle Cupp of Liberty Township, OH with a time of 41:13

The winners have been invited to throw out ceremonial first pitches prior to the Wednesday, May 18 Reds vs. Cleveland Indians game at GABP.

Complete race results will be posted later today at Reds.com/run.

A photo gallery can be found at Facebook.com/reds.

All proceeds from the race directly benefit the Reds Community Fund and its youth baseball and softball outreach initiatives.

Multiple youth baseball and softball teams supported by the Reds Community Fund served as volunteers on the 5K and 10K courses.

Race sponsors and partners: Coldwell Banker West Shell, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, CollegeAdvantage, Trophy Awards, Buckeye Running Company, Kroger, Coca-Cola, Prestige AV and Creative Services, Castellini Group of Companies, LaRosa’s, United Dairy Farmers, Skyline Chili, Rumpke, 700WLW, KISS107 and WCPO 9 On Your Side.

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That’s all for now.  More in a bit.

Expect Good News,

Jamie

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