WEDNESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP

06-08-16

From my pal @Bongreatness...

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be celebrity Chef Graham Elliot. Chef Elliot is at the ballpark today as the host of Major League Baseball’s new digital series “MLB Grub Tour Paired with Budweiser”. Chef Elliot will spend the day with GABP Executive Chef James Major, who will catch the first pitch.

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

The Redlegs are 8-3 over their last 11 games.  Tonight, against the Cardinals, they’ll try to even their home record to 16-16.  The forecast calls for clear skies with a gametime temperature of 75.  In other words, a perfect night for a ballgame on the river.

You can get into the ballpark tonight for as low as 7 bucks (click HERE).

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This is well worth another look…

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From the department of “Expect Good News”

  • Reds hitters have a Batting Average of .359 (52-for-145) against righties over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .249)
  • Reds hitters are slugging .662 (129 total bases in 195 AB’s) in the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .425)
  • Reds hitters have an OPS of 1.059 (216 PA’s) in the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .749)
  • Jay Bruce is slugging .722 (65 total bases in 90 AB’s) in the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: 3rd of 215 full-time players; League Avg: .429)
  • Brandon Phillips is hitting .385 (10-for-26) with two strikes in the past 14 days (10 games). (MLB Rank: 2nd of 152 full-time players; League Avg: .180)
  • Eugenio Suarez has a .909 Slugging Pct (20 total bases in 22 AB’s) over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 6th of 217 full-time players; League Avg: .427)
  • Reds hitters have a Batting Average of .359 (52-for-145) against righties over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .249)
  • Jay Bruce’s OPS is 1.106 (99 PA’s) in the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: 4th of 215 full-time players; League Avg: .754)

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More in a bit!

Jamie

SIGN UP FOR FAMILY CATCH ON THE FIELD AT GABP – JUNE 12

CINCINNATI (June 7, 2016) — It’s not too late to sign up for the CollegeAdvantage Family Catch presented by TQL on Sunday, June 12 at Great American Ball Park.

Fans have two options to play catch on the field after the Reds vs. Oakland A’s game:

The “Catch” package is $150 and includes:
• Unique opportunity to play catch on the field at Great American Ball Park
• Two Sun/Moon game tickets to the Sunday, June 12 game (1:10 p.m.)
• Two post-game field passes, authentic batting practice-used baseballs and commemorative certificates

The “Premier” package is $175 and includes:
• Unique opportunity to play catch on the field at Great American Ball Park
• Two Field Box game tickets to the Sunday, June 12 game(1:10 p.m.)
• Two post-game field passes, authentic batting practice-used baseballs and commemorative certificates

Sign up today at reds.com/catch or by calling 513-765-7240. Online registration ends Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m. ET. Additional single-person packages may be added.

The Reds Community Fund is the beneficiary of the annual “Family Catch” fundraising event. RCF programs include: the Reds Rookie Success League, a free, coed, character-building program for 6-12 year olds in Greater Cincinnati, Butler County, Clermont County, Louisville and Dayton; Reds Youth Baseball and Softball Funding, which underwrites expenses for more than 750 inner-city teams throughout Reds Country; and Field Renovation, which has helped restore over 350 baseball and softball fields. Including the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, “Match” Program and Greater Cincinnati RBI programs, more than 45,000 kids and coaches will be connected to the Community Fund in 2016.

TUESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP VS. ST. LOUIS; TRANSACTION

The Reds have optioned to Class AAA Louisville RHP Jon Moscot and recalled from Louisville OF Steve Selsky (#51).

06-07-16

From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight Reds on Radio sponsor Western & Southern Financial Group will make a check presentation to the Barrett Cancer Center on behalf of the Reds on Radio “Strike Out Cancer” program. Tonight’s check presentation will be for $20,000.

Tonight is the first Kid Glove Game of the 2016 season. Now in its 67th 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.

SUNDAY’S #REDS LINEUP

06-05-16

From my pal @Bongreatness

Kids 14 and younger in attendance at today’s game will receive a Zack Cozart Fathead™ courtesy of Queen City Sausage.

Today is the final game of the 44th annual GE Weekend with the Cincinnati Reds.

Today is also the first Reds Rookies/Birthday Babies game of the 2016 season, presented by TriHealth, Pampers, Kroger & Enfamil. Hundreds of Reds Rookies will participate in activities in the Fan Zone prior to the game, as well as a pregame parade around the warning track.

American Idol: Season 8 winner Kris Allen will lead us in the singing of God Bless America during the middle of the 7th inning break.

UPDATED #REDS INTRO MUSIC

Double-click on either of the two files below to get a larger view…

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SATURDAY’S #REDS LINEUP

06-04-16

From my pal @Bongreatness...

The first 25,000 fans in attendance at today’s game will receive a Reds Tote Bag, courtesy of MLB Network. 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 may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

Prior to the singing of our National Anthem today we will pause for a Moment of Remembrance in honor of Muhammad Ali. Ali visited Great American Ball Park in 2009 as part of Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game, where he received the Beacon of Change award.

Today we continue to celebrate the 44th annual GE Weekend with the Cincinnati Reds.

FRIDAY’S #REDS LINEUP

06-03-16

From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 5th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by Coca-Cola. The postgame display, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a “Bunbury Weekend” soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.

Tonight is the kick-off to the 44th annual GE Weekend with the Cincinnati Reds. Over 13,000 GE employees and their families will be joining us at games this weekend and participating in traditional GE Weekend pregame activities.

During pregame ceremonies we will honor Lisette Martinez, until recently the Director of Diversity and Language Services at TriHealth, as the Reds 2016 SEAT 21 honoree. SEAT 21 – is an honor given to a well-known person in the community who embodies the humanitarian spirit of MLB Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.

“Sam” the Bald Eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will be making a ceremonial flight from the Cincinnati Bell Riverboat Deck to the pitcher’s mound at the conclusion of tonight’s National Anthem. This is the first of five ceremonial flights that Sam will make this season.

#REDS MINOR LEAGUE SPOTLIGHT

Reds media relations intern Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight...

We have finally reached the month of June and the first half of the season is weeks away from being over. Dayton has been eliminated from winning the first half of the Midwest League while Daytona is 10.5 games behind the Tampa Yankees in the Florida State League. Pensacola carries a two game lead in the Southern League South standings with two weeks to play. Triple-A does not have split seasons so they have cumulative record throughout the season and Louisville is 2 games out of first place.

The Blue Wahoos went 5-1 last week as the offense flexed their muscles. In six games, the offense scored 41 runs, amassed 68 hits and connected for 7 round trippers. In the last seven games, Brandon Dixon has led the league in batting average (.647), extra base hits (7), homers (5) and RBI (14). Since last Friday, Dixon has slugged 1.647 and had back-to-back two homer days on May 30 and June 1. The second baseman was acquired in the offseason in the Todd Frazier trade. He was a 3rd round pick in 2013 out of the University of Arizona. On the season, Dixon is hitting .312 (44-for-141) with eight homers and 33 RBI.

Daytona had a solid week, going 3-3 and moving into a fourth place tie in the FSL standings with the Dunedin Blue Jays. Taylor Sparks and Angelo Gumbs were big contributors to the Tortugas pace. Sparks hit .435 (10-for-23) with three homers and eight RBI. He was the first Reds farm hand to have a multi-homer game last week as he hit two dingers on May 28. Gumbs hit .409 (9-for-22) with two homers and six RBI.

Louisville was on top of its game at the beginning of the week, reeling off four straight wins, but they have lost three straight and sit two games behind the front-running Columbus Clippers. Part of their success is credited to right-hander Keyvius Sampson. In two starts, Sampson went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He has struck out 12 batters and allowed five hits in 12 innings on the mounds. Hitters are batted a paltry .128 against him last week. Louisville is 1.5 games behind Rochester in the wild card standings and start a 3-game set against the Minnesota Twins affiliate on Friday night.

RED Bites: Dayton has lost 12 straight games. It is their longest losing streak since 2010. From July 21 through August 1, the Dragons lost 11 straight games… Tony Renda had a big week for the Wahoos. The infielder hit .500 (11-for-22) with three doubles and one RBI… Rookie Davis returned from the DL on June 3. He tossed 4 innings, allowed 1 run and struck out 2 in a no decision…
The affiliates continue play this week as they look to improve from the cumulative record of 97-117.

STRIKE OUT HUNGER ON JUNE 3 & 4 AT GABP

The Cincinnati Reds and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati are partnering to “Strike Out Hunger” locally by hosting a food donation drive when the Reds play the Washington Nationals on Friday, June 3 (7:10 p.m.) and Saturday, June 4 (4:10 p.m.) at Great American Ball Park.

Fans who donate a minimum of three non-perishable food items from the time gates open (90 minutes before first pitch) through the 4th inning will receive a free ticket to an upcoming Reds game, limit one ticket per person.

Donation barrels will be located at Gate B (Gapper’s Alley) on the third base side of the ballpark.

“This drive is so important for our pantry,” said Mike Dunn, Executive Director, St. Vincent de Paul. “During the summer months, we see more families who are struggling to feed children who are out of school. For a family who counts every dollar, buying those extra groceries may mean they may have to choose between feeding their families and paying their rent. By keeping our pantry stocked, they don’t have to choose.”

Thanks to the generosity of Reds fans at the 2015 Strike Out Hunger Food Drive, over 12,000 meals were provided to struggling families in Cincinnati.

St. Vincent de Paul operates many food pantries throughout Cincinnati, including the Edyth and Carl J. Lindner Choice Food Pantry in the West End, and eight neighborhood-based pantries. More than 900 parish-based volunteers visit the homes of struggling families in their own neighborhoods to provide basic necessities like food.

Please contact Reds Community Relations with any questions regarding the Food Drive for St. Vincent de Paul at (513) 765-7018.

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