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.
Friday, July 15, 2016 – Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday, Christmas in July theme package)
• Fireworks Friday with the Cincinnati Pops: The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, conducted by John Morris Russell, will play a post-game “Christmas in July” themed concert from the Kroger Fan Zone and will be shown on the videoboard for all fans to see. The last 15 minutes of the concert will accompany the Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks show, presented by Great American Insurance Group. The Pops Brass Ensemble will perform “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch. (Due to the Pops concert, the Fan Zone Wiffle ball field will be closed to fans on Friday night.)
• Reds All-Stars Ceremony: Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce will be presented with commemorative plaques during pregame ceremonies to recognize their participation at the 2016 All-Star Game.
• 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 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
Saturday, July 16, 2016 – Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m. (Super Saturday)
• Zack Cozart Bobblehead: As part of Super Saturdays, free bobblehead of Reds shortstop Zack Cozart to the first 25,000 fans, presented by PNC Bank.
Sunday, July 17, 2016 – Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday)
• Team Baseball Card Set: As part of family day at the ballpark, free Reds team baseball card set to kids 14 and younger, presented by Kahn’s.
Monday, July 18, 2016 – Reds vs. Atlanta Braves, 7:10 p.m.
• Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center: Mandy Donohoue from The Hearing Speech and Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati will sign (with American Sign Language) tonight’s National Anthem and 10-year-old Brighton Whelpdale will deliver the official game ball.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – Reds vs. Atlanta Braves, 7:10 p.m. (Senior Citizen Special)
• Xavier Night: Over 1,200 students, faculty, staff and alumni from Xavier University will be in attendance and participate in a pregame parade for the annual Xavier Night at the ballpark. Tom Hayes, dean of Xavier’s Williams College of Business, will throw out a first pitch.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – Reds vs. Atlanta Braves, 12:35 p.m. (Business Day Special, Senior Citizen Special)
• Throwback Jerseys: The 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.
• First Pitch: Country musician David Nail will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Nail is in Cincinnati promoting his new album “Fighter.”
Friday, July 22, 2016 – Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday, Grateful Dead theme package)
• Fireworks Friday: Post-game fireworks show featuring a Grateful Dead soundtrack, presented by Hilliard Lyons.
Saturday, July 23, 2016 – Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m. (Super Saturday)
• Reds Cap: As part of Super Saturdays, free Reds cap to the first 25,000 fans, presented by FOX Sports Ohio.
Sunday, July 24, 2016 – Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday, #RedsSocial Game)
• Kids Eugenio Suarez Fathead®: As part of family day at the ballpark, Eugenio Suarez Fathead® wall decal to kids 14 and younger, presented by Hot Head Burritos.
• #RedsSocial Game: Fans of the Reds on social media can purchase a special ticket package for only $30 that includes a lower level ticket and limited edition Ken Griffey Jr. emoji t-shirt, presented by T-Mobile. Tickets are available at reds.com/RedsSocial.
• Hall of Fame Vintage Game: See baseball the way it was played in 1869 at the annual Reds Vintage Game from Noon to 12:30 p.m.
• Post-game Concert: Grammy nominated band MercyMe will play a free post-game faith concert, presented by Prasco.
Ticket Offers For This Homestand:
• Christmas In July Theme Package – July 15: Be a part of the Christmas in July celebration on Friday, July 15 with a special theme package that includes a ticket for the Friday game plus an exclusive Reds Ugly Christmas Sweater T-shirt, all for one low price. And, be sure to stay after the game for a spectacular fireworks show set to a Christmas-themed soundtrack performed live by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Packages starting as low as $25 at reds.com/Christmas.
• 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.
• Senior Citizen Special: For select games (including July 19 & 20) 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.
• Business Day Special: For all 12:35 p.m. weekday Paycor Business Day Special games, get a View Level seat loaded with $10 in concession credits for just $20: reds.com/SkipWork
• Grateful Dead Theme Package – July 22: Be a part of Grateful Dead Night on Friday, July 22 with a special Grateful Dead theme package that includes a ticket for the Friday game plus an exclusive Reds Grateful Dead T-shirt, all for one low price. And, be sure to stay after the game for a spectacular fireworks show set to a Grateful Dead-themed soundtrack. Packages starting as low as $25 at reds.com/GratefulDead.
Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Jack Billingham 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 fourth bobblehead in the series features Jack Billingham, Reds HOF Class of 1984. The bobbleheads are free with regular-price museum admission (or a Scotts Great American Ball Park tour) Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in July, while supplies last.
• “Stealing First: The Teddy Kremer Story” book signing – July 16: Teddy Kremer, with Diane Lang, and Michael Buchanan, will be signing copies of the “Stealing First: The Teddy Kremer Story” book on Saturday, July 16 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Palace of the Fans Theater. The signing is free with paid HOF admission and for HOF members.
• “Kammie on First, baseball’s first Dottie Kamenshek” book signing – July 17: Author Michelle Houts will be signing copies of her book “Kammie on First, baseball’s first Dottie Kamenshek” on Sunday, July 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Palace of the Fans Theater. The signing is free with paid HOF admission and for HOF members.
Reds Special Events
• A Night of Their Own – Baseball 101 – July 21: Tickets are still available for the third annual St. Elizabeth Healthcare A Night of Their Own – Baseball 101 on Thursday, July 21 at GABP from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. This exclusive event gives women of all ages the opportunity to eat, play and learn with Reds coaches, broadcasters, staff and special guests to get an inside look at the game of baseball. Sign up today at reds.com/baseball101.
Reds Player Appearances
• Reds Day at Kings Island – July 21: Join some of your favorite Reds for a fun day at Kings Island on Thursday, July 21. Two Q&A sessions are scheduled for 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., with players to be announced. Plus, Reds mascots will be on hand to greet fans, give out prizes and more. (Schedule subject to change. No autographs. Kings Island admission required.)
On Saturday (July 16), Reds shortstop Zack Cozart will be hanging out at Great American Ball Park and signing his bobblehead for fans who purchase a special VIP ticket package for that night’s game against the Brewers!
The special ticket package includes:
- A meet-and-greet with Zack Cozart at 2pm (Saturday) prior to his bobblehead game against the Brewers
- An autograph opportunity to have Zack sign your bobblehead (or the bobblehead box)
- Your chance have a photo taken with Zack
- An infield box seat ($150) or field box seat ($115) to that night’s game against Milwaukee
To purchase your special Zack Cozart VIP Meet-and-Greet Ticket Package, CLICK HERE!
This Saturday the Reds host the Brewers at Great American Ball Park and the first 25,000 fans through the gates will receive a Zack Cozart Bobblehead. This will mark the Reds’ first Cozart promotional bobblehead giveaway. Tickets are currently available for as low as 12 bucks each!
As a bobblehead collector, myself, the Cozart bobble is truly one of the best bobbleheads the Reds have created. The attention to detail on this one is right on point, highlighted by the sunglasses sitting upside down on the brim of Zack’s cap – just like Cozart tends to wear them on the field.
I love when the Reds giveaway unusual or “first time” player bobbleheads and this one did not at all disappoint. You’ll want to include this one in your collection!
For tickets to the Cozart Bobblehead Game, CLICK HERE.
Over the weekend Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was named to the National League All-Star team as an injury replacement. Jay is currently batting .267 with 18 home runs, 63 RBI, .315 OBP and a .538 SLG. He ranks among National League leaders in:
Home Runs (T13th)
Triples (6, T2nd)
Extra Base Hits (44, T7th)
Go Ahead RBI (16, T3rd)
Total Bases (171, 12th)
Bruce has played in 83 games this season. Below is his slash line (AVG/OBP/SLG) and home runs after his first 83 games of each of his 9 big league seasons:
2016: .267/.315/.538, 18HR
2015: .251/.342/.464, 13 HR
2014: .222/.304/.394, 10 HR
2013: .278/.323/.518, 18 HR
2012: .249/.326/.505, 18 HR
2011: .258/.327/.478, 18 HR
2010: .277/.354/.463, 10 HR
2009: .209/.285/.444, 18 HR
2008: .252/.295/.423, 14 HR
The rap on Bruce is that he’s a streaky player, enjoying stretches of scalding hot highs but also distressingly bad lows. Not so in 2016. Jay had one small hiccup from May 19-23 in which he went hitless in 13 at-bats over 4 games. Other than that, he hasn’t gone hitless in more than 2 consecutive games. Aside from that 4-game 0-for-skid in May, he’s only been without a hit in back-to-back games 4 times.
Here’s to a strong finish this season for Jay Bruce.
Don’t forget to tune in tonight to the MLB Home Run Derby featuring Reds outfielder/All-Star Adam Duvall!
The show begins at 8pm ET on ESPN.
If Duvall advances past the first round (against San Diego Padre Wil Myers) he would face the winner of the Todd Frazier/Carlos Gonzalez matchup.
If this year’s event is even a fraction as exciting as last year’s derby in GABP, we’re all in for a treat!
That’s all for now, more in a bit!
Expect Good News,
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 7, 2016
Here’s the bracket for the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby. How about the possibility of Duvall facing Frazier in the second round?!
Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…
It was a memorable week for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates as two of their farm teams won five straight contests and helped the overall record to 18-17 on the week.
Billings won five straight before having their streak snapped on Thursday night. With the five victories, the Mustangs took sole possession of first place in the Pioneer League. Part of their success has been the emergence of Jose Siri. In his last five games, the outfielder is batting .560 (14-for-25) with three triples, a homer and five RBI. On July 4th, Siri hit for the cycle as he went 4-for-6 with 4 runs scored at home against Helena.
Billings was not the only team to take over first place in their respective league. Daytona, who is currently on a five-game winning streak is leading the FSL North division. While Billings has done it with the bats, the Tortugas have dominated on the mound. In the month of July, the pitching staff is 5-0 with a 1.40 ERA (7ER/45IP). Keury Mella anchored the staff as he went 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his two starts last week. Tortuga starters have allowed 3 earned runs over 30.1 innings on the mound.
Robert Stephenson helped Louisville go 4-3 last week. The righty posted a 3.65 ERA, while striking out 15 batters in 12.1 innings. Stephenson tallied back-to-back quality starts and now has 10 on the season. With the four wins, the Bats are 3.5 games back of the front-running Columbus Clippers in the IL West division.
Pensacola had another tough week as they went 2-5 and dropped to fourth in the Southern League South standings. The offense has sputtered of late, posting a .232 batting average over the last week. However, Zach Vincej and Jeff Gelalich have been great for the Blue Wahoos. Vincej is hitting .400 (10-for-25) with two homers and five RBI over his last seven games. While Gelalich .364 (8-for-22) with a homer and four RBI.
The Blue Wahoos duo has been solid, but the duo of Shed Long and Nick Senzel in Dayton might be having a better week. Long posted a .444 (8-for-18) batting average with three RBI and team-high four walks. Senzel was right behind him, batting .346 (9-for-26) with four doubles and two stolen bases. Senzel, who got off to a slow start in Billings, has seen his numbers and his gap-to-gap approach spike with the Low-A affiliate.
The AZL Reds round out the circuit as they went 1-3 last week. Shortstop Francis Azcona had a good week, hitting in three straight and batting .364 (4-for-13) with a double and an RBI. On the mound, Wennington Romero hurled 5.1 scoreless frames on July 4 against the AZL Brewers. The right-hander tallied his second win of the season and lowered his ERA to 1.80.
RED Bites: Cincinnati signed Cuban free agent shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez to a minor league deal on July 4th. In the 2014-15 season, the shortstop won Cuba’s Serie Nacional Gold Glove honors as well as the Rookie of the Year…Louisville’s Steve Selsky has hit in five straight games and is batting .340 (16-for-47) with 3 homers and 11 RBI over his last 14 games…
The affiliates continue play this weekend as the big club and the Louisville Bats approach the all-star break. The clubs will look to improve their overall record of 174-191.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 6, 2016
Congratulations to Reds outfielder Adam Duvall, who last night was named to the National League All-Star team!
Here are some current stats on Duvall from our friends at Inside Edge…
- Adam Duvall has an Extra-Base Hit Pct of 62.5% (35 XBH/56 H) versus RHP this season. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 206 full-time players; League Avg: 35.6%)
- Adam Duvall has 9 HR on 31 Flyballs (29.0% HR/FLY) on two-strike counts this year. (MLB Rank: 2nd highest of 105 full-time players; League Avg: 11.7%)
- Adam Duvall’s Line Drive Pct is 43.8% (7/16) against righties over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 4th highest of 106 full-time players; League Avg: 20.9%)
- Adam Duvall has a .640 Slugging Pct (71 total bases in 111 AB’s) on the road over the past 60 days. (MLB Rank: 6th of 214 full-time players; League Avg: .434)
- Adam Duvall has put 28 of 49 swings in play (57.1% In-Play Pct) against curves and sliders versus RHP over the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: 3rd highest of 195 full-time players; League Avg: 36.8%)
- Adam Duvall has just 17 HR in 205 AB’s (12.1 AB/HR) over the past 60 days. (NL Rank: 5th of 102 full-time players; League Avg: 28.9)
- Adam Duvall’s Well-Hit Avg (Well-Hit / AB) is .175 (17/97) on two-strike counts over the past 60 days. (MLB Rank: 5th of 214 full-time players; League Avg: .103)
- Adam Duvall has an OPS of 1.139 (75 PA’s) with RISP this season. (MLB Rank: 5th of 208 full-time players; League Avg: .779)
From today’s Reds Gamenotes…
#DUVALLSTAR: Adam Duvall is 1 of only 3 players in the Major Leagues with at least 20 doubles, 22 HR and 59 RBI (Nolan Arenado, Edwin Encarnacion) and only the third Reds batter to produce those numbers prior to the All-Star Game (since 1933), joining Gus Bell in 1953 and Johnny Bench in 1970.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 5, 2016
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 5, 2016
Catching up with some Reds news from the holiday weekend…
REDS TO SIGN CUBAN SHORTSTOP
Alfredo Rodriguez Agrees To Minor League Contract
CHICAGO – President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty announced the Cincinnati Reds and Cuban free agent SS Alfredo Rodriguez have agreed to terms on a minor league contract.
Rodriguez, 22, will begin playing immediately in the Dominican Summer League.
In 2014-2015, the 5-10, 195-pound Rodriguez was the Rookie of the Year in Cuba’s Serie Nacional after hitting .265 with 12 stolen bases in 16 attempts in 84 games for La Isla De La Juventud. He also won Cuba’s equivalent of the Gold Glove.
“Our whole group that scouted Aroldis and Raisel also saw Alfredo,” said Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Chris Buckley. “We all think he’s an everyday shortstop with a chance to play plus defense. He’s a very smooth defensive infielder, a good line drive bat and a plus runner. We were impressed with his all-around defensive actions. It’s very hard to find an everyday shortstop who we liked everything about.”
Rodriguez is the third free agent from Cuba to sign with the Reds since 2010, joining LHP Aroldis Chapman and RHP Raisel Iglesias.
REDS REPLACE MARK RIGGINS
CHICAGO – The Cincinnati Reds have replaced pitching coach Mark Riggins with assistant pitching coach/bullpen coach Mack Jenkins.
Class AAA Louisville pitching coach Ted Power (#56) will take over Jenkins’ assistant and bullpen duties on the Major League staff. Powers’ duties at Louisville will be covered by the organization’s player development staff.
Reds President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty said, “Mark was a valuable member of this organization for several years. Before he accepted the job with our Major League team, he contributed to the development of many of our successful young pitchers in the minor leagues. Unfortunately, the pitching on our big league staff has not improved over the course of the season as we had hoped, and it is time for a new voice.”
Jocketty added, “We are not satisfied with the performance so far this season and will continue to look for ways to improve. We felt it was necessary to make a change in order to accomplish our goals of providing our young pitchers with the best possible resources.”
Riggins, 59, was in his first season on the club’s Major League staff. He spent the previous 4 seasons as the organization’s minor league pitching coordinator.
FRIDAY’S REDS MINOR LEAGUE SPOTLIGHT
Juan Dorado brings us the latest from the Reds farm system…
The second half is off to a slow start for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates as they went a combined 17-22 on the week. However, there were a lot of things to cheer about this week.
On Tuesday afternoon, Amir Garrett was selected for his second straight Futures Game appearance. Garrett has been spectacular in Double-A and Triple-A, going 5-4 with 1.81 ERA through Pensacola and Louisville. The night before being selected, Garrett tossed seven scoreless innings with five strikeouts against Buffalo.
In addition to Garrett making the Futures Game, Jermaine Curtis was announced as the Bats representative in the 2016 Triple-A All Star game. The third baseman has been outstanding, batting .280 with 7 homers and 37 RBI.
Despite the consistency of Garrett and Curtis, the Bats went 3-4 last week and fell to third place in the International League West standings.
Pensacola turned in a 2-4 week, but Tyler Mahle continues to shine. Since being called up to Double-A Pensacola, the right-hander is 2-0 with 2.70 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 10 innings. He has struck out eight batters in both his Double-A starts.
The Tortugas had a good week, going 3-3 and finished the month of June with 16 wins. During the month, Daytona batted a league-best .289 and carried a 3.19 ERA.
In Dayton, the Dragons got off to a slow start this week losing three straight to the South Bend Cubs, but they took 3 of 4 from the Fort Wayne TinCaps and finished the week 3-4. In their last five games, the pitching staff has been impressive going 3-1 with a 0.90 ERA. Jacob Constante and Austin Orewiler both tossed six innings of scoreless baseball this week.
Billings had the best week of the affiliates, going 4-3. Right-hander Antonio Santillan has not gone past the fifth inning in any of his starts, but the right-hander has been stellar when he is in. In 3 starts, he is 0-0 with 2.70 ERA. He has 27 strikeouts in 13.1 innings. His last time out, Santillan struck out 12 batters in 4.2 innings on 6/27 at Great Falls.
The AZL Reds fell on hard times this week. After starting the season 2-1, the Reds have dropped 4 of their last 6. The offense has been clicking, hitting .264 in the month of June, but the pitching staff owns a league-worse 6.30 ERA in the month. Michael Beltre has been a real bright spot for the Reds, batting .353 (12-for-34) with 2 doubles and 4 RBI. He has hit safely in 6 of the 8 games this season. On the bump, Ian Kahaloa has fanned 10 batters in eight scoreless innings of work.
Reds Bites: Nick Senzel broke a 0-for-19 mini slump with a 2-for-4 performance on Wednesday night…Taylor Trammell has hit safely in six straight games. He is batting .320 (8-for-25) with 2 RBI and a run scored…
Reds affiliates continue action this week, looking to improve their 157-176 record as the Triple-A and the MLB are about 10 days from their all-star break.
AL TO BAT LAST
Although the All-Star Game will once again be played this year in a National League park (San Diego), the American League team will bat last.
“Given that the current stretch of four consecutive National League ballparks hosting the All-Star Game from 2015-2018, MLB determined that it was appropriate for the sides to continue to alternate who bats last in 2016.” – Major League Baseball
MLB ALL-STAR SELECTION SHOW TONIGHT!
Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce currently has 19 doubles, 17 home runs and six triples on the season. Only 10 players in history, including eight Hall of Famers, have reached 20 doubles, 20 home runs and six triples by the All-Star break (HOF Babe Ruth – 1921; HOF Rogers Hornsby – 1922; HOF Lou Gehrig – 1927; HOF Chick Hafey – 1929; HOF Al Simmons – 1930; HOF Chuck Klein – 1932; HOF Hank Greenberg – 1935; Hal Trosky – 1936; HOF Duke Snider – 1954; and Carlos Gonzalez – 2013). In addition, Toronto’s Josh Donaldson currently has 18 doubles, five triples and 19 home runs; Boston’s Mookie Betts has 19 doubles, four triples and 16 home runs; and Colorado’s Trevor Story has 18 doubles, four triples and 19 home runs.
It’s been a little while since we gave away some cool prizes from the BOR Prize Closet. Follow me on Twitter this week (@Jamieblog) and we’ll remedy that…
That’s all for now!
Expect good news,
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today over 800 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. As has been the tradition for a few seasons, we will be joined by members of former Red Ryan Freel’s family, who will help us present the Ryan Freel Award to a few of the RRSL participants. During his time with the Reds, Ryan was heavily involved in the RRSL program.
The honorary Grand Marshal for the parade will be Tyler Aldrich. Tyler, a 21-year-old autistic man from Fremont, Ohio, is running 220 miles from his hometown to Cincinnati to raise money and awareness for autism. His “Run Ohio” journey started on June 10 and raises money and awareness for the Make It Fit Foundation, a charity that provides programs for people dealing with autism.
Also during pregame ceremonies representatives of Cincinnati law firm Freking, Myers & Reul will make a check presentation to the Reds Community Fund in the amount of nearly $31,000 from this year’s annual “Opening Day Eve Party”. The event has become a staple of the Cincinnati Opening Day landscape, directly benefitting the Reds Community Fund. Event organizer Randy Freking will also serve as today’s Honorary Captain.
From my pal @Bongreatness...
Tonight is the 6th annual Reds Racing Night, presented by Kroger. NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger will be offering up a ceremonial first pitch. A.J. drives the No. 47 Chevrolet SS for JTG Daugherty Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Kroger Fan Zone will be packed with a collection of racing show cars & displays for tonight’s game.