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.

Expect Good News,





Tonight’s game with the Pittsburgh Pirates has been postponed due to rain. There will be an announcement regarding the rescheduling of today’s game at a later date. Fans holding tickets for tonight’s game may present their same ticket for the rescheduled game with no exchange necessary. Tickets may also be exchanged for a remaining 2016 regular season home game (exclusions apply), subject to availability.

Please visit reds.com/rainout for more information.

Tickets do not need to be exchanged today.

Fans that ordered tickets online at reds.com or by phone through Ticketmaster can contact Ticketmaster customer service at 1-800-745-3000 to exchange their tickets.

Ticket exchanges can be made at Great American Ball Park ticket windows throughout the regular season or by mail.

Fans holding tickets purchased through StubHub may use their same tickets for the make-up game only with no exchange necessary. Please contact StubHub for more information.

Fans holding ticket for the Diamond Club, Champions Club, Handlebar, Cincinnati Bell Technology Pavilion, or CBTS Pilot House should hold on to their tickets. Those tickets will be valid for the same location for the make-up game.

Questions regarding the Diamond or Champions Club tickets should call (513) 765-7210. Handlebar ticket questions should be directed to (513) 765-7600.

Fans holding Straight-A tickets can use their same tickets for the make-up game or exchange for one of the remaining Straight-A dates: May 18, June 8, June 28, August 15 and August 16. Tickets can be exchanged by mail or in person at the ballpark. Please visit reds.com/rainout for more information.

For more information regarding tonight’s game and for ticket exchange exclusions please visit reds.com/rainout.

Ticket exchange exclusions;
May 21
June 24
June 25
June 26




If you really wanted one of those cool Mr. Redlegs X-Wing Fighter bobbleheads that the Reds gave away over the weekend but didn’t get one, Better Off Red might be able to help.

The hard-working folks here at BOR would like to bestow some prizes upon one lucky blog reader; prizes that include the aforementioned bobblehead, a Kids Opening Day Reds cap, a Reds fleece blanket and a Reds Mother’s Day Picture Frame.

Here’s what you need to do to win…

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)?

Leave your response in the comments section of this blog.  Your answer will not be in view to anyone but me (Jamie). I will choose one random winner on Friday, May 13 and publish his/her answer.

Good luck and May the Force Be With You!


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The Reds have recalled from Louisville RHP Layne Somsen (#41) and optioned to Louisville OF Kyle Waldrop.



From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the first Police & Fire Appreciation Night of the 2016 season. During pregame ceremonies tonight we will welcome representatives of the Cincinnati Police Department, Cincinnati Fire Department & Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office – each of whom will offer up a ceremonial first pitch on behalf of their respective units.
• From the Cincinnati Fire Department, we welcome pitcher Captain Melissa Arnold – the first female in the 163 year history of the fire department to be promoted to the rank of Captain and catcher Lieutenant Falencia Frazier – the first African-American woman to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the history of the fire department.
• From the Cincinnati Police Department we welcome Police Specialist Tom Sandmann – the 29-year veteran was presented the “Award for Bravery” last week at the Hamilton County Law Enforcement Awards for stopping the suspect, while under fire, who tragically took Police Officer Sonny Kim’s life last year. Tom’s son, Deputy Sheriff Matt Sandmann, will catch the first pitch.
• And from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office we welcome Deputy Sheriff Kevin Statzer

Earlier in pregame we will be joined by two members of the Greater Cincinnati Police and Fire Emerald Society Pipes & Drums Corps, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to honoring the fallen and celebrating the lives of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, for a special performance.

Serving as tonight’s Honorary Captain will be Bre Wolterman. Bre’s husband Patrick was a City of Hamilton firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty this past December.

Prior to the singing of our National Anthem tonight, which will be performed by a veteran of the Lexington, Kentucky Police Department & current Fayette County School Law Enforcement Officer Mr. Van Berry, we will pause for a Moment of Remembrance in the honor of all those who have lost their lives while serving in our fire & police departments, including City of Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman and City of Cincinnati firefighter Jordan Pieniazek.

Firefighter Tedd Schaffer – a 22-year veteran of the Cincinnati Fire Department, will deliver today’s official Game Ball. Tedd, along with firefighters from Ladder Company 3, extinguished the flames of the Power Stacks during a 2015 game at GABP.


Farm Leaders

Reds current minor league leaders

Notes from yesterday’s Reds minor league action…

In AAA-Louisville’s 5-4 win yesterday in Indianapolis: SS Jose Peraza went 3-for-5…1b Brandon Allen went 2-for-4 with a home run…3b Jermaine Curtis scored 3 times and belted a home run.

In AA-Pensacola’s 5-0 win vs Biloxi: LHP Amir Garrett fired 6.0 shutout innings (4h, , 5bb, 6k)…2B Brandon Dixon (2-for-3) homered and drove in 3…RF Kyle Parker went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI.





From my pal @Bongreatness

The first 10,000 moms in attendance at today’s game will receive a Photo Frame, courtesy of Kahn’s. And all kids in attendance today will receive a Fathead™ Wall Decal, courtesy of PNC Bank.

Performing a pregame concert in the rightfield grass today will be students from the Suzuki Collaborative of Cincinnati Public Schools. The Suzuki Collaborative will also perform our National Anthem.

Serving as Honorary Captain of the Game today will be Caitlin Adkins, the Reds selection of “Honorary Bat Girl” from Major League Baseball’s annual league-wide contest. Caitlin is currently battling breast cancer since being diagnosed in June of last year at the age of 23.

Today the teams will be wearing new Mother’s Day uniforms as part of MLB’s league wide Breast Cancer Awareness initiative.

Joining us in the middle of the 7th inning break today will be mother & daughter duet, Rose Christophel & Cora Inderhees, to lead us in the singing of God Bless America.



Following last night’s game, the Reds optioned to Louisville OF Scott Schebler.  Before today’s game, the Reds are expected to recall from Louisville OF Kyle Waldrop (#30).





The Reds have recalled from Class AAA Louisville RHP Drew Hayes (#53), selected from Louisville the contract of RHP Steve Delabar (#56), optioned to Louisville RHP J.J. Hoover and placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to 5/3, RHP Jon Moscot (inflammation, left shoulder).

To make room on the 40-man roster for Delabar, C Devin Mesoraco (torn labrum, left shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.


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