Following last night’s game the Reds optioned to Class AAA Louisville RHP Jumbo Diaz and RHP Keyvius Sampson and designated for assignment RHP Steve Delabar.
Today the Reds transferred to the 60-day disabled list RHP Anthony DeSclafani and OF Yorman Rodriguez and selected from Louisville the contracts of RHP Dayan Diaz (#50), RHP A.J. Morris (#62) and RHP Josh Smith (#73).
Diaz and Morris will be making their Major League debuts.
From my pal @Bongreatness...
Kids 14 and younger at the ballpark today will receive a Kids PLAY BALL Bat and Ball Set as part of Major League Baseball’s PLAY BALL initiatives.
Today we will welcome over 100 participants from the 2016 Reds Fantasy Camp. As part of the Fantasy Camp Reunion these weekend warriors played a tournament at the P&G Reds Urban Youth Academy yesterday, are being introduced to the crowd at GABP today, and will play a reunion game on the field at Great American Ball Park tomorrow morning.
Today is Art at the Park, in conjunction with ArtsWave. ArtsWave supports more than 100 arts organizations that make the Greater Cincinnati region an amazing place to live. ArtsWave will provide today’s National Anthem singers (Voices of Destiny) and God Bless America singers (The Cincinnati Men’s Chorus). God Bless America will be performed during the middle of the 7th inning break today, and the chorus will be positioned on the right field porch area above Section 138.
As part of the Reds celebration of Major League Baseball’s PLAY BALL initiative, nine local Reds Heads members will be introduced and run onto the field just prior to the introduction of the Reds starters today. Each Reds Heads member will then receive an autograph on a Reds baseball cap from the player they meet.
UPDATE: Bruce scratched with a sore left knee…
Lineup Change: #Reds
Holt in RF
De Jesus Jr
— Jamie Ramsey (@Jamieblog) May 21, 2016
From my pal @Bongreatness….
The first 25,000 fans in attendance today will receive a Ken Griffey Jr. dual bobblehead, courtesy of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 2:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 2:40PM for the general public. However, those gate opening times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.
Tonight is the 2nd annual Northern Kentucky Night, presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Members of the Northern Kentucky community will be participating in various pregame and in-game activations today.
Today is also the first Military Appreciation Day of the 2016 season, presented by DAV – Disabled American Veterans – and Hankook Tires. Today’s celebration is in honor of Armed Forces Day in America. The Reds will be wearing their alternate digi-camo uniforms for today’s game. Numerous activities are planned for pregame and around the ballpark including:
• Honoring of 22 veterans from the Wounded Warriors organization in a pregame ceremony. Each Warrior will receive a Hometown Hero certificate and Reds Challenge Coin from Reds COO Phil Castellini along with City of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.
• Ceremonial first pitch by Marine Corps veteran Scott Bunker, who was wounded in action while deployed to Iraq in 2005.
• Joint Forces Honor Guard & singing of our National Anthem by Fort Knox soldier SGT 1st Class Lilnell Storm.
• Ceremonial ringing of the very first Honor Bell. The Honor Bell consists of military artifacts from 12 deceased veterans that were transported in a special van and escorted the 1,192 miles from Colorado to Ohio by Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) and Rolling Thunder Riders, and then Cincinnati police-escorted from the Ohio border to the Verdin Bell Company on Riverside Drive. The artifacts, including Medals of Honor, Purple Heart Medal, dog tags, and wings, were incorporated into 1,300 pounds of molten bronze and poured into the Honor Bell Foundation mold crafted by Verdin. Another ceremony was held this morning to break the bell out of the mold. The goal of the Honor Bell Foundation is to create a bell for all 132 National Cemeteries in 50 states. More information on the Honor Bell can be found in the attached release.
• Serving as Honorary Captains tonight will be WWII vet Army TSGT Edgar Joseph Moorman and active duty Brigadier General Barbara Lynne Owens, Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Human Resources Command.
As part of the Reds celebration of Major League Baseball’s Play Ball initiative, twelve local R.B.I. players will be introduced and run onto the field just prior to the introduction of the Reds starters today. Each R.B.I. player will then receive an autograph on a Reds baseball cap from the player they meet.
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!
IF/OF Jose Peraza and RHP Layne Somsen have been optioned to Class AAA Louisville, RHP Jumbo Diaz (#70) has been recalled from Louisville, the contract of RHP Keyvius Sampson (#48) has been selected from Louisville and RHP Homer Bailey (right elbow) has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
During pregame ceremonies tonight we welcome participants from the 15th Annual Coldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run. Roughly 3,300 runners and walkers participated generating over $150,000 for the Reds Community Fund and its baseball and softball-themed youth outreach initiatives. The event included a 10K run, 5K run presented by Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, as well as the One Mile Family Run and the Gapper’s Kids Fun Run, both presented by CollegeAdvantage.
Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches this evening will be AVP pro volleyball player Casey Patterson – who, with partner Jake Gibb, is currently the highest ranking American men’s team in the Olympic Qualifying list. The AVP Cincinnati takes place through Sunday in Mason, OH.
|PLAYER||SONG TITLE||ARTIST||STARTING POINT|
|Bailey||ON THE DL||N/A||N/A|
2) Still Here
|Drake|| 1) :25
|Cabrera||Te Lo Pido Por Favor||Magia Caribena y Raulin||1:10|
|Cingrani||Black Nurse||Glass Jaw||Beginning|
|Cozart||Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That||Robert Randolph||Chorus|
|De Jesus Jr.||1) Bajo la Tormenta 2) Sal a Baliar||1) Salsa Giants 2) Victor Manuelle||both from beginning|
|Delabar||Bad Compnay||Five Finger Death Punch||Beginning|
|Diaz||Mozart La Para||Levantate||Beginning|
|Duvall||1) I took a pill in Ibiza
2) Me, Myself & I
|1) Mike Posner
2) G-Eazy X Bebe Rexha
|Finnegan||New Level||ASAP Ferg||Beginning|
|Hayes||God’s Gonna Cut You Down||Johnny Cash||Beginning|
|Holt||John Cena Theme Song||N/A||:07|
|Iglesias||La Temperatura||J Alvarez ft. Gente de Zona Y Maffio||Beginning|
|Lamb||Back to Basics (Krafty Kuts Remix)||Dub FX||Beginning|
|Mesoraco||1) Fishing in the Dark
2) Right Where I need to Be
|1) Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
2) Gary Allen
|Moscot||We’ll Be Coming Back (pitching) / Finna Get Loose (hitting)||Calvin Harris / Pharrell||:40 / :37|
|Ohlendorf||Barefoot Blue Jean Night||Jake Owen||Beginning|
|Phillips||See list below||See list below||See list below|
|Ramirez||Te De Campana||Atomic Otro Way||Beginning|
|Schebler||1) White Stripes
2) Sleigh Bells
|1) Icky Thump
2) Rill Rill
|1) Beginning 2) Beginning|
|Strailey||My Kind of Party||Jason Aldean||Beginning|
|Suarez|| 1) Chino & Nacho
|1) Andas En Mi Cabeza Feat. Daddy Yankee
2) Tercer Cielo
|Waldro||Be Faithful||Fan Man Scoop||:08|
|1) Ghost Town DJs • My Boo :13 secs|
|2) Drake • Controlla :36 secs|
|3) Yo Gotti • Law :00 sec|
|4) Kanye • Father Stretch My Hands : 23 sec|
|5) T. I • Money Talk :10|
|6) Yo Gotti • Down In The DM :00 sec|
Wednesday, May 18 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians, 7:10 p.m.
• Redlegs Run: Winners from the 15th annual Coldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run will be honored during pregame ceremonies. Nearly 3,300 runners and walkers participated in the May 14th event that generated over $150,000 for the Reds Community Fund.
• First Pitch: AVP Pro Beach Volleyball player Casey Patterson will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. The world’s top beach volleyball players are competing in the Cincinnati Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason through May 21.
Thursday, May 19 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians, 7:10 p.m. (Senior Citizen Special, Thirsty Thursday)
• Ohio Cup: Following tonight’s game, Reds and Indians media will vote for the Most Outstanding Player of the Ohio Cup series.
PLAY BALL Weekend, May 20-22: Ceremonies and events will spotlight PLAY BALL, a league-wide effort by Major League Baseball and all 30 MLB Clubs to engage young baseball fans and celebrate the continued support of youth participation in baseball and softball. PLAY BALL Weekend is an extension of the PLAY BALL initiative (PlayBall.org), which launched in 2015 as the sport’s largest effort to encourage widespread participation in both formal and casual baseball and softball activities.
Friday, May 20 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Seattle Mariners, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday, 4 for $48)
• Fireworks Friday: Post-game Rozzi’s fireworks show starting approximately 10 minutes after the end of the game, presented by PNC Bank. The fireworks soundtrack will be a tribute to 2016 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ken Griffey Jr. featuring his walk-up songs and music from his playing days.
• Bearcats at the Ballpark: Over 500 students, faculty, staff and alumni will be in attendance for University of Cincinnati Night. Many of the pregame and in-game ceremonies will feature representatives from UC including President Santa Ono throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.
Saturday, May 21 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Seattle Mariners, 4:10 p.m. (Super Saturday, 4 for $48)
• Ken Griffey Jr. Dual Bobblehead: As part of Super Saturdays, free bobblehead featuring the legendary slugger in both Reds and Mariners uniforms to the first 25,000 fans, presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare.
• Military Appreciation Day: Today is Armed Forces Day and the first Reds Military Appreciation Day of the season, presented by DAV, Disabled American Veterans and Hankook Tire. Many of today’s pregame ceremonies will honor the men and women of the five U.S. military branches: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. Reds players and coaches will wear the club’s alternate camouflage jerseys.
• Honor Bell Ceremony: The inaugural Honor Bell forged to salute fallen veterans will be tolled publicly for the first time as part of pregame ceremonies.
• Northern Kentucky Night: Today’s game also marks the second annual Northern Kentucky Night, presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Several activities recognizing the Commonwealth are planned including a pregame ceremony, ceremonial first pitch, videoboard features and displays in the Kroger Fan Zone. “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” will be led by the two-time defending National Champion Thomas More College women’s basketball team.
• Hubba Bubba Championship: Six finalists will compete in the Hubba Bubba Reds Country Bubble Blowing Championship at 1 p.m. on Crosley Terrace. The finalists advanced from preliminary contests held at local Kroger stores. The winner will receive a $500 gift card to the Reds Team Shop and a championship trophy.
Sunday, May 22 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Seattle Mariners, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday, 4 for $48)
• PLAY BALL Giveaway: As part of family day at the ballpark and PLAY BALL Weekend, free Reds plastic bat and ball set to kids 14 and younger.
• PLAY BALL Ceremonies: Many of today’s activities will salute MLB’s PLAY BALL initiative, including a pregame parade of nearly 1,000 youth baseball players and coaches and a cap exchange involving kids and Reds players.
• Reds Fantasy Camp Reunion: Approximately 100 attendees of 2016 Reds Fantasy Camp will be introduced during pregame ceremonies and take the field.
• Play Sun Smart: During pregame ceremonies, children from local Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati will deliver sunscreen to the dugouts as part of MLB’s Play Sun Smart campaign. Play Sun Smart is dedicated to preventing skin cancer and promoting early detection and is organized by the American Academy of Dermatology, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.
• Art in the Park Day: ArtsWave and the Reds are teaming up for the fourth annual Art in the Park Day. Fans can experience music, dance, theater and hands-on art activities in the Kroger Fan Zone from when gates open at 11:40 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.
Ticket Offers For This Homestand:
• 4 for $48: For the May 20-22 weekend series, fans can purchase four View Level tickets and four Reds caps for just $48, presented by Reach Magazine. Offer subject to availability: reds.com/4for48
• Senior Citizen Special: For select games (including May 19) fans 60 and older may purchase select non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only: reds.com/Seniors. Excludes Dugout Box, Upper View Level, Value View and Kroger Bleachers. Subject to availability.
• Thirsty Thursdays: For all Thursday Reds home games, fans can purchase a $30 package that includes a Field Box ticket and a $10 concession credit valid for food and beverages. Available only at reds.com/Thursday
• Family Sunday: For every Sunday home game, families can get up to three half-price tickets with purchase of a full-price ticket, presented by Klosterman Bakery: reds.com/Family
Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Brett Tomko Autograph Session – May 22: Former Reds pitcher Brett Tomko will sign autographs at the Reds HOF & Museum on Sunday, May 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Autographs are $5 for HOF members and $10 for nonmembers. An autograph ticket is required for each item you would like signed. Museum admission required.
• Lee May Bobblehead: The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum’s collectible gift program continues in 2016 with a series of five Reds Hall of Famer bobbleheads, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. The second bobblehead in the series features Reds Hall of Famer Lee May. The bobbleheads are free with regular-price museum admission (or a Scotts Great American Ball Park tour) Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of May, while supplies last.
• Choose Your Favorite Bobblehead Vote: Fans can vote for their favorite Reds or Reds Hall of Fame bobblehead in the Choose Your Favorite Bobblehead Vote sponsored by Clark Schaefer Hackett. The 81 bobbleheads have been broken into eight different themed groups. Each week through May 26, fans will be able to vote on a new grouping of bobbleheads. For each voting week, one lucky fan will win a set of 2016 Reds Hall of Fame Bobbleheads. Vote today at redsmuseum.org.
The Cincinnati Reds rewarded its full-time employees with a very generous gift this week – 2015 All-Star Game rings!
In December at the annual Reds holiday luncheon, staffers were given the news that the organization was presenting full-time employees with rings to reward them for the work they provided to make the 2015 All-Star Game a hit in Cincinnati. Each employee was fitted for his/her ring and just a few days ago, the rings arrived!
How cool is this?!
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:
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.
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.
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.
That’s all for now. More in a bit.
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