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#REDS MINOR LEAGUE SPOTLIGHT

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

It was solid week for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates as they went 21-21 on the week. Only two of the affiliates had winning weeks, but the other four played solidly all week.

Daytona had the biggest week, going 5-2 and drawing within 1.5 games of the FSL North division standings. The Tortugas offense had a huge lift from Jonathan Reynoso and Blake Trahan. Reynoso finished the week, batting .450 (9-for-20) with three runs scored while Trahan led the team with 10 hits. Trahan had a career-high 4 hits on Thursday night as he helped the Tortugas fend off the Flying Tigers. Hurler Tejay Antone recorded his MiLB-leading 14tth win of the season on 8/19 in a road win against Clearwater. The southpaw is 14-6 with a 3.51 ERA in 25 starts this season.

Daytona was not the only club with a 5-win week. Pensacola went 5-3 behind the smooth swinging Brandon Dixon. The infielder led the Southern League in hitting last week, batting .500 (15-for-30) with 3 doubles and 5 RBI. Dixon has hit safely in six straight games and raised his batting average from .240 to .258 in that span. Carlos Gonzalez also led the league with two wins last week. The reliever tossed 5.1 innings with three strikeouts in 3 relief appearances.

Dixon was not the only player to lead his respective league in hitting last week, as Louisville’s Hernan Iribarren led the International League in hitting. The utility player hit .500 (15-for-30) with 5 doubles and one RBI as he helped the Bats to a 3-4 mark. Iribarren is having a banner season, hitting .328 (113-for-345) with 20 doubles, one triple, three homers and 33 RBI.

While Pensacola and Louisville stars were having big weeks, the Dayton Dragons were one win shy of making club history last week. The Dragons dropped a 7-2 contest to Lansing, snapping a 9-game home winning streak, which was one short of the club record set in 2008. Dayton finished the week 3-4. Shed Long clubbed his first homer of the season on 8/20 and went on to hit .500 (11-for-22) with three extra-base hits and six RBI to lead the Midwest League in hitting.

The AZL Reds also looked to make club history as they are one win away from clinching an AZL playoff spot for the first time since 2011. The Reds are currently in the driver seat, holding a 4-game lead over the AZL Dodgers. Luis Alecis and Gregory Reinoso led the Reds as they both recorded starts without allowing a run. Alecis went 5.1 innings with 6 strikeouts on 8/21 while Reinoso went six scoreless with five strikeouts.

Billings already has a ticket to the dance so their 2-5 record was not as bad as it looks, as they prepare for the Pioneer League playoffs. Despite their poor mark, the Mustangs had big contributions from Taylor Trammell and T.J. Friedl. Trammell hit .400 (10-for-25) with a double, two triples and a homer. Trammell swiped three bags and four walks. Friedl hit .379 (11-for-29) with four doubles and three RBI from the leadoff spot. Friedl led the team with four stolen bases.

With the minor league season ending next week, the affiliates have about 10 days to improve their 315-317 mark.

RED Bites: Former 1st rounder Tyler Stephenson had season-ending wrist surgery this week. The backstop finished the season hitting .216 (30-for-139) with three homers and 16 RBI in 39 games…

WEDNESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; BILLY HAMILTON’S CATCH

If you missed the sensational catch that Billy Hamilton made yesterday, check out the video below…

Mark Sheldon has a nice write-up about the catch HERE.

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08-24-16

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From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the third Bark in the Park, presented by Iams and Kroger, of the 2016 season. Over 300 dogs and their owners will participate in special activities in the Kroger Fan Zone, as well as a pregame parade around the warning track.

Also during pregame ceremonies we will honor the Reds Way Employee of the Month for August, Mark Jansen.  Mark is a Suite Ambassador who has been with the Reds for the past 6 seasons.

 Ted Torbeck, President and CEO of Cincinnati Bell and chair of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s 2016 fundraising campaign, will offer up a ceremonial first pitch.

Tonight’s Honorary Captain will be Carol Aquino – recently retired marketing executive who spent 36 years with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

 

#REDS WIVES MYSTERY BALL FUNDRAISER – 8/24

If you are attending the Reds vs. Rangers game on Wednesday, August 24 (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 and 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 Fan Zone 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.

TUESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; HAMILTON ON ‘MLB CENTRAL’; HOLT AVAILABLE IN PEN

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0823-16

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From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies we will honor the Black Family Reunion Family of the Year.  Cincinnati natives Paul & Cynthia Booth are the 2016 Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion Family of the Year. The Family of the Year honor is awarded to a family that exemplifies unity, is active in the community and continues to uphold the values of a strong black family. The Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion Celebration has been held in Cincinnati for the past 28 years.

MONDAY’S #REDS LINEUP

08-22-16

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From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies today we will present Zack Cozart with the Cincinnati Reds team award for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s “Heart & Hustle Award”.  Zack will represent the Reds as a finalist for the overall Heart & Hustle Award which will be presented by the MLBPAA at the Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City on November 15th.  Previous Reds team recipients of the Heart & Hustle Award include Todd Frazier (2015), Skip Schumaker (2014), Shin Soo-Choo (2013), Chris Heisey (2012), Miguel Cairo (2011), Jonny Gomes (2010), Adam Rosales (2009), Jerry Hairston Jr. (2008), Ryan Freel (2007) and Adam Dunn (2006).

Also today the Reds welcome The Grandpa Soap Company, founded in Tippecanoe, Ohio in 1878 and known for their famous Grandpa’s Pine Tar Wonder Soap.  In recognition of their continuous operation for 138 years in Reds Country, with the last 80 years being right here in Greater Cincinnati, Grandpa Soap would like to show their support to local youth baseball & softball with a donation of 5,000 bars of soap to the participants of the many youth programs of the Reds Community Fund

SUNDAY’S #REDS LINEUP VS. DODGERS

08-21-16

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From my pal @Bongreatness

Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a Billy Hamilton Fathead™, courtesy of PNC Bank.

Today is the second Reds Rookies game of the 2016 season, presented by Pampers, Kroger, TriHealth and Enfamil.  Over 200 “Rookies” at their families will participate in activities in the Kroger Fan Zone as well as a pregame parade around the warning track.

Today is also the 78th annual Shrine/Masons Family Day at the ballpark.  The Shrine/Masons Family Day is a tradition started by Powell Crosley Jr., himself a Mason, back in 1938.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Ben Walz, who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.

SATURDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; TRANSACTION

The Reds have recalled from Class AAA Louisville IF Jose Peraza (#9) and optioned to Louisville RHP Keyvius Sampson.

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08-20-16

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From my pal @Bongreatness

The first 25,000 fans in attendance at today’s game will receive a USA Reds t-shirt, presented by Toyota. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 5:40PM for all other fans. However those times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches this evening will be former Reds second baseman Bret Boone. Bret will be selling and signing copies of his new book Home Game: Big-League Stories from My Life in Baseball’s First Family in the Fan Zone tonight from 7-8PM and tomorrow in the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum from 11:30AM to 1PM.

FRIDAY’S #REDS LINEUP

08-19-16

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From my pal @Bongreatness

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

Tonight is Military Appreciation Day #4 of the 2016 season, presented by DAV – Disabled American Veterans – and Hankook Tire.  During pregame ceremonies tonight we will honor some of the thousands of active duty forces who serve at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  Ceremonies will include a Reenlistment Ceremony, a welcoming back of recently deployed Air Force members and a ceremonial first pitch by Colonel Bradley McDonald, Installation Commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  The Reds will be wearing their digi-camo uniforms for tonight’s game.

#REDS MINOR LEAGUE SPOTLIGHT

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

The Cincinnati Reds have won eight of their last 10 series and the minor league affiliates responded with a 25-12 week, their best week of the 2016 campaign. 5 of the 6 teams recorded a winning mark while the Louisville Bats finished the week 3-3.

Despite ending the week 3-3, the Bats received heavy honors during the middle of the week as Beau Amaral was awarded IL Batter of the Week honors on Monday. During his award winning week, Amaral hit .387, leading the league in hits for the week. Carlos Triunfel and Jose Peraza added big weeks at the plate as Triunfel finished the week batting .471 and Peraza batted .435.

Amaral was not the only player to receive an award this week as Ismael Guillon received Pitcher of the Week accolades in the Florida State League. During the week Guillon went seven scoreless innings, yielding two hits and striking out 11 batters. He helped the Tortugas go 5-2 and pull within two games of the FSL North standings.

While both those players were receiving individual awards, the Dayton Dragons put together their best week of the season as they went 6-1. Southpaw Ty Boyles went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA for the Dragons. He struck out 10 batters in 10.2 innings. Offensively Josciel Veras paced the attack, hitting .400 (8-for-20) with two dingers and six RBI. The Dragons are currently on a 6-game winning streak and are out of last place for the first time this season.

The Dragons will need four more wins to match the AZL Reds this season, as they had their season-high 10-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday. Despite the loss, the Reds turned in an impressive 4-1 mark. Pitchers Gregory Reinoso and Luis Alecis pitched well for the Reds last week. Reinoso went 1-0, allowing one run over 5.1 innings. While Alecis tossed five innings, allowing one run and striking out eight batters. The AZL Reds enter play with a 3.5 game lead in the AZL Central standings.

With the Reds fighting for the second half crown, the Billings Mustangs and Pensacola Blue Wahoos already have a seat at the playoff table. Despite turning in winning weeks, the teams are trending in different directions with Billings leading the Pioneer League while the Blue Wahoos have fallen to third place in the second half standings.

Billings went 4-3 this past week as the offense flexed its muscle. Hector Vargas hit .571 (12-for-21) with four doubles and six RBI while Cassidy Brown hit .500 (12-for-24) with nine RBI.

Pensacola went 3-2, led by the bat of Sebastian Elizalde. The infielder batted .474 (9-for-19) with five RBI.

With a huge week on the diamond, the Reds are within two games of finishing the season above a combined .500 mark. They enter play with a 294-296 overall record.

RED Bites: Former first rounder Alex Blandino had a big week, batting .357 with a double and an RBI… Tyler Stephenson was placed on the DL for the third time this season with another wrist injury… Aristides Aquino clubbed six homers and drove in 12 runs. He led the FSL in both categories.

THURSDAY’S #REDS LINEUP

08-18-16

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From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies tonight we will recognize and celebrate the National Parks 100th Anniversary, which is coming up on August 25, 2016.  As part of our festivities we will welcome some of the dedicated staff of the William Howard Taft National Historic Site located in Mt. Auburn. With special events across the country and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25-28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark.

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