FRIDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; MINOR LEAGUE SPOTLIGHT
From my pal @Bongreatness...
Tonight is the 4th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by PNC Bank. The postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a “Tribute to Ken Griffey Jr.” soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.
Tonight is the annual Bearcats at the Ballpark game. Thousands of students, faculty, alumni and friends of the University of Cincinnati will be joining us for tonight’s game. President Santa Ono will pull double-duty during pregame events, performing on cello alongside the “One Man Electrical Band” on the Kroger Main Stage, and also offering up a ceremonial first pitch later on during pregame ceremonies. The UC Army ROTC will perform honor guard duties & current students and alumni from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music will sing our National Anthem. The six-time National Champion UC Dance Team will be honored at the end of the 1st inning tonight as part of the News of the Game.
Reds media relations intern Juan Dorado serves up this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…
The minor league affiliates ran into some tough breaks this week, fending off rain and tough opponents on a nightly basis. The Reds affiliates finished the week a combined 12-15.
Despite posting a record below .500 there were many bright spots on the farm.
Double-A Pensacola moved into a tie for first place with the Biloxi Shuckers. After chasing the Shuckers all season, Pensacola has finally caught up to the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Highly-touted prospect Amir Garrett continues to shine for the Blue Wahoos staff. In eight starts, the left-hander is 3-3 with a 1.51 ERA. He ranks amongst the Southern League leaders in ERA (5th), strikeouts (3rd) and wins (T-9th), while recording a team-leading seven quality starts. Last week, he made two starts, recording 12 innings, allowing three runs and striking out nine. He has been very sharp all season as he has yet to allow more than two earned runs in any of his starts.
On Wednesday, May 18th, the Daytona Tortugas won their third straight game, which tied their longest streak of the season. Despite winning their third straight and moving into fourth place the Florida State League North division, the win was overshadowed by the performance of Blake Trahan. The 2016 3rd round pick in the First Year Player Draft out of Louisiana-Lafayette went 1-for-5 on the evening and extended his on-base streak to 25 games. He surpassed Jupiter Hammerheads’ Taylor Ard for first place in the entire Florida State League. During the streak, Trahan is batting .292 (28-for-96) with five doubles, one homer, 11 RBI and 16 runs scored. He has an on-base percentage of .364 during that span.
With individual play shining at the upper levels, the Dayton Dragons capped of their first winning week of the season as they went 4-2. Dayton got off to a slow start in 2016, but they are turning the corner. They were the only Cincinnati Reds’ affiliate with 4 wins this past week and have won 3 of their last 4 contests. James Vasquez has been a big contributor to the success of the Dragons. In his last six games, the first baseman is batting .360 (9-for-25) with three homers and 10 RBI. His go-ahead homer on Thursday night helped the Dragons take 2 of 3 from the first place Lake County Captains.
Reds affiliates continue play this week as the squads look to improve from their combined 73-88 mark.
Red Takes: Since returning from the DL, Tyler Stephenson has hit safely in 5 of 7 contests. On Wednesday night, he went 3-for-6 with a grand slam. He finished the night with a career-high 5 RBI… Nick Travieso hurled 7 innings of 1-hit baseball on Tuesday night. It was his first start since Opening Day without allowing a run.
Good luck tonight, Ace Straily!