From my pal @Bongreatness…

Tonight is the 8th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by Great American Insurance Group.  The postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, will begin approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.  Tonight’s soundtrack is a “Christmas in July” theme, which will be performed LIVE by the Cincinnati Pops, under the direction of John Morris Russell.  The Pops will be setup under the lights on the Fan Zone Field and will perform both prior to and during the fireworks show with all your favorite holiday classics.  This is the 3rd year that the Reds & Pops have worked together on such a show.

During pregame ceremonies tonight Reds All-Star Adam Duvall & Jay Bruce will be honored and receive a customized All-Star Game plaque, which has become a traditional gift given to Reds All-Stars.

Also during pregame ceremonies we will welcome guests joining us for NAACP Night.  The Reds are proud to partner with the NAACP to help kick off their 2016 National Convention being held July 16-20 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Tonight’s pregame ceremonies include:

  • Roslyn Brock, chairman of the NAACP’s National Board of Directors, throwing out a ceremonial first pitch
  • Judge Nathaniel Jones, retired U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit judge and former general counsel for the NAACP, receiving the Reds Community Advocate Award presented by TriHealth
  • First Ladies for Health, a group focused on educating and connecting the community with resources to take charge of their health, will be honored on the field. The group is led by Dena Cranley, wife of Mayor John Cranley, and Barbara Lynch, first lady of New Jerusalem Baptist Church. Their second annual Family Health Day will be October 9.
  • Monique Gittens from Rockdale Baptist Church will sing our National Anthem


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

With one of their best weeks of the season, the Cincinnati Reds’ affiliates went a combined 19-16 in the last week. Three of the six affiliates had winning marks (Pensacola, Dayton and Billings), while Pensacola led the way with a week-high 5 wins.

Pensacola was dominant on the mound in the last week as Tyler Mahle, Sal Romano and Rookie Davis went a combined 4-0 with a 0.33 ERA. Mahle led the way as he went 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two starts last week, while both Romano and Davis hurled seven scoreless innings in their starts.

While Pensacola was tallying victories with their strong pitching performances, Dayton and Billings were doing it on the offensive.

Dayton, who recorded their first winning week of the season, recorded 4.8 runs a game as they went 4-2. Zack Shields led the attack, going 7-for-18 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. The outfielder recorded 3 multi-hit games in the last week and raised his July batting average to .297 (11-for-34). He was not alone as Luis Gonzalez hit .333 with a team-high 7 RBI. His game-winning 2-run double on July 14th, helped the Dragons secure their first winning week of the season.

After losing their first two games of the week, Billings has reeled off four straight wins. During the four-game winning streak, the Mustangs are averaging 9.75 runs a game. Hector Vargas has been the clubhouse leader all season, and has been red hot in his last 3 games. The infielder is batting .700 (7-for-10) with 7 RBI during the winning streak. He hit .556 with 8 RBI last week and currently holds a 12-game hitting streak. He has hit safely in 18 of 20 Billings’ games this year.

With a winning week, Billings leads the Pioneer League North division by two games over Great Falls.

Louisville, Daytona and the AZL Reds each finished the week with 2 wins.

Louisville really struggled as they were swept by Toledo early last week, but they won their last game since coming off the All-Star Break. Jermaine Curtis represented the Bats well, as he went 1-for-2 in the summer classic. Despite losing three of five, the Hernan Iribarren and Tony Renda had brilliant weeks’ on the diamond. Iribarren hit .471 (8-for-17) with 3 runs scored and 4 RBI, while Renda batted .435 (10-for-25) with five runs scored, a homer and 4 RBI. Renda hit safely in all five games last week, and carries a 5-game hitting streak. After an initial slow start with the Bats, hitting .105 in 7 games, Renda is batting .362 with seven runs and three extra-base hits in his last 11.

Daytona and the AZL Reds went 2-4 last week, but they both had steady offensive performers. Angelo Gumbs finished the week third in the FSL with a .478 (11-for-23) batting average. He recorded 6 RBI and scored four times. While Daniel Jimenez batted .429 (6-for-14) with three runs scored and an RBI for the AZL Reds.

RED BITES: Aristides Aquino blasted 3 homers last week, finishing second in the FSL with three dingers. He leads all Reds’ farmhands with 13 round trippers… Phillip Ervin connected for two homers on July 14. It was the second time this season he has completed the feat, as he homered twice on May 10… 2015 First Rounder Tyler Stephenson returned to action on May 13, returning from the DL, and connecting for his second homer of the season…

With a winning week, the Reds return to action looking to improve their 195-209 overall mark.

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