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From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 9th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by Hilliard Lyons.  The postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a Grateful Dead soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.

During pregame ceremonies tonight the Reds & Reds Community Fund will salute retiring Cincinnati Public Schools athletic director Dave Dierker.  Dave has been a RCF board member and advisor for the Community Fund for nearly a decade and has worked tirelessly to expand extracurricular opportunities in the Cincinnati Public Schools system for more than 18 years.


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

Five of the six affiliates won three or more contests last week, but they ended the week a combined 19-19. Louisville, Pensacola and Billings all tallied winning weeks and four wins each.

Louisville was led by the offensive punch of Hernan Iribarren. The infielder has hit safely in 15 straight games and helped lead the Bats to a 4-3 week. Last week, he hit .500 (13-for-26) with nine runs, 3 homers and 9 RBI. He homered in three straight games from 7/19-7/21. He led the IL in RBI, HR, runs and hits while finishing second in batting average last week. In the month of July, Iribarren is hitting .448 (26-for-58) with 3 homers and 13 RBI.

While, Iribarren has turned it on of late, Tyler Mahle’s magical season continues. The right-hander started the season with Daytona, going 8-3 with a 2.50 ERA, before being moved to Double-A Pensacola. He has been even better with the Blue Wahoos, going 5-1 with 2.41 ERA in six starts. Last week, in his only start for the Blue Wahoos, he went 6 innings, allowing zero earned runs with 5 strikeouts. Pensacola went 4-2 and within one game of first place in Southern League South division.

Billings continued their winning ways last week, as they tallied another winning week, going 4-2. Billings leads the Pioneer League North division by three games over Great Falls. The Mustangs had another big week at the plate as Daniel Sweet and John Sansone paced the attack. Sweet batted .500 (6-for-12) with three extra-base hits and 2 RBI, while Sansone hit .556 (10-for-18) with 3 doubles and 2 RBI. Sansone had a team-high six runs scored. On the mound, Alex Webb led the league with 2 victories last week. The right-hander went 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

AZL Reds and Daytona won three games each last week.

The AZL Reds tallied an even 3-3 mark, in large part to the pitching of Luis Alecis and Wennington Romero. Alecis went 0-0 with 0.00 ERA in seven innings of work. He struck out 6, and has not allowed a run since 7/11, while Romero went five scoreless innings with 8 strikeouts.

After losing four straight to the St. Lucie Mets, the Tortugas have won 3 of their last 4 games and finished the week 3-4. Angelo Gumbs clubbed an FSL-high two homers on the week. He is one homer shy of reaching the double digits mark, and finished the week batting .259 (7-for-27) with three runs and 3 RBI. Keury Mella turned in one of his finest starts of the season on 7/18 vs Jupiter, tossing six innings, allowing one run with 5 strikeouts. He improved to 7-6 on the season and dropped his ERA to 3.18.

Dayton had another tough week to go with their tough season. Dayton went 1-5, but first rounder Nick Senzel has lived up to the billing for the Dragons. Senzel clubbed homer No.1 on 7/18 and homer No.2 on 7/20. He hit .375 with 2 homers and 9 RBI last week. On 7/18 vs Wisconsin, Senzel was a double shy of the cycle as he went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI, leading Dayton to their lone win of the week.

RED Bites: Tyler Stephenson is finding his groove with Dayton. Last week, he hit .471 (8-for-17) with 3 doubles and one RBI… Jesse Winker hit .423 (11-for-26) with 3 doubles for Louisville. Since returning from the DL, Winker is hitting .367… Rookie Davis went 2-0 with 1.64 ERA in 11 innings of work last week for the Blue Wahoos. He led the league with two wins…

The affiliates continue play through the week as they are inching closer to a combined .500 mark, 213-228. With 15 games to make up, the Reds will look for another big week on the diamond.


If you are attending the Reds vs. Diamondback game on Saturday, July 23 (7:10pm) you’ll have the opportunity to purchase autographed baseballs and photos from the Reds Wives Mystery Ball & Photo fundraiser.

Baseballs and photos from the 40 man roster as well as others are included. A list of players included will be available at the fundraiser.

The Reds Wives will be selling baseballs for $40 and photos for $20 (cash only) inside the reentry gate at Great American Ball Park starting when gates open at 5:40pm until they are gone (or the end of the game). Fans must have a ticket to the game to participate.

All proceeds will benefit SPCA Cincinnati who are committed to the welfare of animals by providing shelter and care, advocacy, speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves and providing the means to enhance the bond between people and animals.


Reds will be wearing these throwback uniforms today

Reds will wear these throwback uniforms today



From my pal @Bongreatness

Today over 600 boys and girls from the Reds Community Fund’s Reds Rookie Success League summer program will participate in a pregame parade around the field. The Reds Rookie Success League (RRSL), a free, coed, character-building summer baseball program, entering its fourteenth summer in Cincinnati and throughout Reds Country this season.

Also during pregame ceremonies today we will honor the Greater Cincinnati Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year finalists.  Our four local finalists are Corie Hisle (Buenger Club), Tahjay Woodard (Findlay Street Club), Adrian Hall (MSU Club) & Kendal Neal (U.S. Bank Club).

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches today will be country music recording artist David Nail.  Nail is in town promoting his newest album “Fighter”.

Today’s game will be televised on MLB Network.  Today’s throwback uniforms are part of a league–wide initiative as the Braves will wear 1969 uniforms and Reds will wear uniforms from the early-2000’s era to honor Ken Griffey Jr.’s upcoming induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Reds are one of eight teams participating in MLB’s Throwback Day.



The Reds today claimed from the Nationals RHP Abel De Los Santos and optioned him to AA-Pensacola.

De Los Santos, 23, went a combined 1-1 with 5 saves and a 3.67 ERA in 29 appearances for AAA-Syracuse and AA-Harrisburg. He entered 2016 as Washington’s 20th-best prospect as ranked by Baseball America.

The Reds 40-man roster is currently at 40.




From my pal @Bongreatness...

Tonight is the annual Xavier University Night at Great American Ball Park. Hundreds of Xavier students, faculty & alumni will join us for a pregame parade around the warning track, amongst other activities.

During pregame ceremonies we will honor the Reds Way Employee of the Month for July, Ticket Seller Clayton Nevels.

Today is also the fifth and final Kid Glove Game of the 2016 season.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the fourth Kid Glove Game of the 2016 season.  Now in its 68th consecutive season, the Kid Glove program has helped raise more than ten million dollars to buy baseball & softball equipment for more than 40,000 youngsters in the Greater Cincinnati area.  As part of tonight’s festivities the Rosie Reds will present a $4,000 donation to the Kid Glove Program.

Tonight we also welcome hundreds of employees and their families from the Brighton Center.  This year the Brighton Center is celebrating 50 years of transforming lives in our community.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight on behalf of Bristol Motor Speedway will be Daniel Hemric, Driver in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Daniel will be racing at Bristol Motor Speedway when NASCAR returns to the track August 17-20.





From my pal @Bongreatness...

Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a Reds Team Card Set, courtesy of Kahn’s.

Today is the annual Season Ticket Member Photo Day with the Reds. Hundreds of Reds full & half season ticket members will join us on the warning track prior to the game for the opportunity to take a photo with their favorite mascots, coaches & players.

Today is also the second annual Lauren Hill Day at GABP. In conjunction with the Lawrenceburg (IN) community the Reds are happy to host friends, family and supporters of the Lauren Hill “Fight for Cure” Foundation. Amongst those joining us for a pregame ceremony today will be Lauren’s parents Brent & Lisa.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Isaac Carree for the singing of God Bless America.


Happy birthday, Lisa Braun!


From my pal @Bongreatness...

The first 25,000 fans in attendance at tonight’s game will receive a Zack Cozart bobblehead, courtesy of PNC Bank.  Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 5:40PM for the general public.  However those gates opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

 Tonight is the second Season Ticket Member Appreciation Night of the 2016 season.  Over 20 Season Ticket Members will be honored during pregame ceremonies, each receiving a custom framed gift from the Reds organization, saluting them for their many years of support. 


So fun to see several members of Crystal Palace FC at Great American Ball Park last night!  They’re in town, all the way from London, to play an exhibition match against our friends FC Cincinnati tonight.

The players we spoke to last night are really excited to be in Cincinnati.  One member of the team said it’s the best city they’ve been to while touring the US.  They were grateful of the good food in town and how nice the people here have been.  Well done, Cincy!

Members of the Crystal Palace Football Club on 7/15/16 at Great American Ball Park

Members of the Crystal Palace Football Club on 7/15/16 at Great American Ball Park


Did you happen to see Reds third base coach Billy Hatcher rocking the traditional stirrups last night?




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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