We’ve got at least 17 innings of baseball scheduled for you today, so sit back, relax and soak it all in!

If you’re keeping score of both games today, we’ll make it worth your while.  Tweet me (@jamieblog) a picture of your finished & accurate scorecards  and there just might be a prize for you from BOR Headquarters!



From my pal @Bongreatness

Today the Reds & Pirates play a day/night doubleheader at Great American Ball Park.  Game #1 is the rescheduled game from a rainout on May 10th of this season.  All gates for Game #1 open at 10:40AM this morning.  There is no giveaway item for fans attending Game #1.  The ballpark will be cleared out between Game #1 & Game #2 today.  (Inclement weather could, of course, have an effect on Game #2 starting time and/or gate opening time. If that situation arises, announcements will be made through all normal channels as quickly as possible.)

Today we welcome a few special guests who will each offer up a ceremonial first pitch before Game #1.  First we welcome United States Olympian and 2016 bronze medalist in the men’s 800 meters – Clayton Murphy.  Clayton is from New Madison, Ohio (about a 90-minute drive north of Cincinnati).  And secondly we welcome competitive eater Joey “Jaws” Chestnut.  Joey is a nine-time winner of the famous Hot Dog Eating championship held each 4th of July at Coney Island, NY, and he is also the world brat eating record (70 brats in 10 minutes) and will defend his title this weekend at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.


A few Reds notes from our friends at Inside Edge:

  • Joey Votto has an OBP of .442 (196/443) versus RHP . (MLB Rank: 1st of 205 full-time players; League Avg: .325)
  • Joey Votto’s OPS is 1.003 (443 PA’s) versus RHP this season. (MLB Rank: 4th of 205 full-time players; League Avg: .753)
  • Right-handed batters are batting just .174 against Anthony DeSclafani (29-for-167) . (MLB Rank: 2nd of 145 qualified SP; League Avg: .261)
  • RHBs have slugged just .257 (43 Total Bases / 167 AB) against Anthony DeSclafani . (MLB Rank: 2nd of 145 qualified SP; League Avg: .432)
  • Right-handed hitting opponents have just a .498 OPS against Anthony DeSclafani (189 PA) this season. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 145 qualified SP; League Avg: .752)
  • Raisel Iglesias’s BABIP is .204 this year. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 176 qualified RP; League Avg: .299)
  • RHBs are just .127 against Raisel Iglesias (10-for-79) . (MLB Rank: 4th of 176 qualified RP; League Avg: .248)
  • Raisel Iglesias has allowed a slugging percentage of just .208 (31 Total Bases / 149 AB) this season. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 176 qualified RP; League Avg: .397)
  • Brandon Phillips is hitting .273 (67-for-245) with two strikes this season. (MLB Rank: 6th of 205 full-time players; League Avg: .180)
  • Jose Peraza is hitting .385 (35-for-91) at home . (MLB Rank: 1st of 142 part-time players; League Avg: .263)
  • Tucker Barnhart is hitting .367 (29-for-79) with runners in scoring position . (MLB Rank: 8th of 204 full-time players; League Avg: .263)


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It was party time today in Roselawn as several of the Reds Latino players visited with local students at the Reds Urban Youth Academy for the ¡Fiesta Rojos! celebration.

Children from Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies (AMIS), Academy of World Languages (AWL) and Roberts Academy were treated to a Q&A session and group photos with the Reds players, pitching/fielding/hitting competitions and even SALSA DANCING!

Among the Reds in attendance were Ivan De Jesus, Jr., Ramon Cabrera, Wandy Peralta, Jumbo Diaz, Eugenio Suarez and  Abel de los Santos.

Today’s event allowed for some of the community’s younger Spanish-speaking fans the opportunity to connect with their favorite Reds players.  However, it was a bit difficult to determine who had more fun, the children or the players!

Here are some photos and videos from today’s event…




Today the Reds placed on the 15-day disabled list OF Billy Hamilton and LHP Cody Reed, both retroactive to 9/5.  Hamilton hasn’t played since 9/4 because of a strained left oblique, while Reed hasn’t pitched since his final start for Louisville on 8/29 because of low back spasms.



From my pal @Bongreatness...

As part of Heritage Weekend at Great American Ball Park we celebrate Fiesta Rojos tonight. As we honor the local Hispanic community and the rich cultural history of the franchise the Reds will wear their “Los Rojos” jerseys during tonight’s game to go along with numerous pregame ceremonies and activations throughout the ballpark. Tonight current Reds players of Hispanic descent in will receive certificates of recognition from the Commission on Hispanic & Latino Affairs for the State of Ohio in one such pregame ceremony. Tonight is also the 12th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by AAA. The fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the completion of tonight’s game and will feature a Fiesta Rojos soundtrack.




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

Then there was one.

After taking a 1-0 lead in the Southern League Playoff over the Mississippi Braves, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos dropped three straight and were eliminated from capturing their first ever Southern League crown on Saturday night

Pensacola ran into some stiff pitching. After scoring six runs in the Southern League opener, the Blue Wahoos were held to four total runs in the last three games of the series. Zach Vincej led the attack, going 8-for-17 with one RBI and one run scored. He finished the postseason with the highest batting mark of anyone in the league.

However, it was not enough as the Blue Wahoos pitching staff struggled. Pensacola posted 5.56 ERA in four games, allowing 21 earned runs in 34 innings. The opposition hit .334 against the Blue Wahoos staff. Rookie Davis was one of the lone bright spots, tossing six innings of one run baseball in the opener. He fanned eight and allowed three hits as he did not factor in the decision.

Pensacola’s season concluded on Saturday and Billings postseason run continues on Friday night as they try to avenge a 3-0 loss to Orem in the Pioneer League Championship series. After sweeping away Great Lakes over the weekend, Billings entered the championship in great spirits.

Instead, they ran into a tough Orem team that combined to toss nine innings of 1-hit baseball in their 3-0 win on Wednesday night. T.J. Friedl broke up a no-hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning with a single. However, that would be as close as the Mustangs would get, dropping game one of their three game series.

Mustangs must win two straight over Orem to claim their second Pioneer League Championship in three years as they swept away Orem in the Pioneer League Championship in 2014.

RED Hots: T.J. Friedl finished the Pioneer League regular season hitting .347 (42-for-121) with 11 doubles, two triples and three homers. He tallied 17 RBI and stole 7 bases… Cincinnati Reds affiliates finished the season a combined 347-344 as four of the six affiliates finished with a record over .500.




From my pal @Bongreatness...

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches this evening will be Medal of Honor Recipient – Specialist Ty M. Carter, on behalf of GE.  The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War and is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces.  Specialist Carter is one of fourteen recipients of the Medal of Honor stemming from heroic service during the War in Afghanistan. Specialist Carter received this distinguished honor for his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Scout with Bravo Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Afghanistan.  Specialist Ty M. Carter’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service.


From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau


Joey also has a current 8-game hitting streak against the Brewers.


Major League Baseball this afternoon announced its 2017 regular season schedule.  Below you’ll find the Reds docket for next year, excluding times.  Click on the image to enlarge.






From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the fourth and final Bark in the Park Night of the 2016 season, presented by Iams & Kroger. Over 400 dogs and their owners are expected for activities in the Kroger Fan Zone along with a pregame parade around the warning track.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches this evening will be longtime ESPN NFL broadcaster Tom Jackson. Jackson, who played professionally for the Denver Broncos, has been a longtime resident of the Cincinnati area who played collegiately at the University of Louisville, and is being saluted after retiring from his role in ESPN’s NFL Countdown and NFL Primetime earlier this summer after nearly 30 years.


Today the Reds recalled from Class AA Pensacola RHP Abel De Los Santos (#66), selected from Class AAA Louisville the contract of RHP Matt Magill (#60) and placed on the 60-day disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday, RHP Alfredo Simon (right shoulder surgery tomorrow).

From my pal Corey Hawthorne

Tonight is Police & Fire Appreciation #2 for the 2016 season.  During pregame ceremonies we will welcome the Pipe & Drum Corps of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for an on-field performance.  We’ll also have ceremonial first pitches by representatives of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Cincinnati Police Department and Cincinnati Fire Department.  Leading us in the singing of our National Anthem will be Hamilton County Sheriff Deputies Jeffrey & James Whitacre.  A Moment of Remembrance for all fallen members of our police, fire & EMS will take place prior to the Anthem.

On display in the Fan Zone tonight will be the traveling 911Steel exhibit.  911Steel was formed in 2016 as a partnership between the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati and the Goodtimers Foundation. The partnership was formed to create and maintain a traveling monument (911Steel) to keep alive the memory of the events of 9/11.

With each “Kroger K” during the 2016 season, Reds corporate partners Kroger & Sargento Natural Cheese have committed to a donation to the Reds Community Fund.  Tonight Kroger & Sargento will present the RCF with a donation of $5,000 as part of this community-minded partnership.



Homestand Highlights • September 12-18 • Reds vs. Brewers & Pirates

Day-night doubleheader & Oktoberfest Weekend
• Please note the details listed below for Saturday’s make-up game and the game time change for the originally scheduled game.
• An Oktoberfest Ticket Package is available for all Sept. 16-18 games featuring a commemorative mug plus your first drink or beer at the game and Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.
• For parking and directions during Oktoberfest Weekend, visit reds.com/Parking or GetToOktoberfest.com.

Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 – Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.
Police & Fire Appreciation Night: Many of tonight’s pregame ceremonies will feature members of local police, fire, sheriff and EMT departments.
9/11 World Trade Center Steel: A 12-foot long piece of structural steel from one of the World Trade Center Twin Towers will be on display in the Kroger Fan Zone. The traveling memorial is part of The Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati.

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 – Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.
Bark in the Park: Tonight is the fourth and final Bark in the Park game this season, presented by Iams and Kroger. 400 dogs and their owners will be in a special seating area while the Kroger Fan Zone will turn into the “Dog Zone” with product samples and activities for both dogs and owners. A pregame parade with all the dogs and owners is scheduled to begin at 6:25 p.m. A limited number of dog tickets are still available at reds.com/dogday. Dog packages must be purchased in advance of game day.
• First Pitch: Tom Jackson, Cincinnati resident and NFL analyst who recently retired after 29 years on ESPN, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 – Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m. (Senior Citizen Special)

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 – Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday)
Fiesta Rojos: As part of Heritage Weekend, festivities will include pregame ceremonies and activities around the ballpark to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Reds players and coaches will wear the alternate “Los Rojos” jerseys.
Fireworks Friday: Postgame Rozzi’s fireworks show with a “Fiesta Rojos” soundtrack, presented by AAA.
MLB Hispanic Heritage Logo: MLB has added an accent mark to its silhouetted batter logo in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. The special Acento logo will be used in MLB ballparks, in traditional and social media, and on Ponle Acento batting practice t-shirts that will be worn by Reds players prior to tonight’s game.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 – Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, game #1 – 12:10 p.m. (gates open at 10:40 a.m.)
Make-up game: Today’s 12:10 p.m. game is a make-up from a rainout on Tuesday, May 10. Fans holding tickets for that game may present their same ticket for today’s 12:10 p.m. game with no exchange necessary.
First Pitch #1: Clayton Murphy, bronze medalist in the 800-meter run at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. He is a native of New Paris, Ohio.
First Pitch #2: World eating champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Joey holds the world brat eating record (70 brats in 10 minutes) and will defend his title this weekend at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 – Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, game #2 – 6:10 p.m. (gates open at 5:10 p.m., Super Saturday)
Game time change: Today’s 6:10 p.m. game was originally scheduled for 4:10 p.m. and was changed to accommodate the make-up game.
Reds Stein: As part of Super Saturdays, free commemorative stein to the first 20,000 fans, presented by Moerlein Lager House.

Redstoberfest: As part of Heritage Weekend, festivities include pregame ceremonies and activities throughout the game celebrating German Heritage Day and Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 – Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday, #RedsSocial)
Kids Raisel Iglesias Fathead®: As part of family day at the ballpark, free Raisel Iglesias Fathead® wall decal to kids 14 and younger, presented by Cincinnati Bell.
Shamrock the Ballpark: As part of Heritage Weekend, festivities will include Irish dancers performing before the game and many of the pregame and in-game ceremonies will feature representatives from local Irish organizations celebrating Irish Heritage Day. Reds players and coaches will wear alternate white and green jerseys.

Ticket Offers For This Homestand
Senior Citizen Special: For select games (including Sept. 14) 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.
Oktoberfest Ticket Package – Sept 16-18: The Reds and Oktoberfest Zinzinnati have joined forces to provide fans a “Reds & Oktoberfest” ticket package for the games Sept. 16-18. Ticket packages start as low as $20 and include a Reds ticket, commemorative Oktoberfest mug, first drink or beer at the Reds game and first drink or beer at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati: reds.com/Oktoberfest
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
#RedsSocial Game – Sept. 18: Celebrate Irish Heritage Day at the fourth and final #RedsSocial of the season, presented by T-Mobile. For just $20, fans get a ticket to the Fioptics District at GABP, a $9 concession credit and a limited edition “Kiss me, I’m a Reds fan” t-shirt: reds.com/RedsSocial.

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
1976 World Series Replica Ring: Fans visiting the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September will receive a 1976 World Series replica ring free with regular price admission or a Scotts Great American Ball Park tour. (while supplies last)
“The William Hoy Story” book signing – Sept. 17: Author Nancy Churnin will be signing copies of her new book “The William Hoy Story” on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Hear the true story of William Hoy, a deaf baseball player who changed the game forever. Attendance is free with museum admission or membership. Books will be for sale at the Hall of Fame for $16.99.

Reds Community Fund
Marty Golf – Sept. 11 & 12: The 12th annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic, benefiting the Reds Community Fund, takes place Sept. 11 & 12 at Belterra Casino Resort. Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, more than 50 celebrity guests will participate, including former Reds players and members of the local and national media. Details at reds.com/MartyGolf.




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

Another successful week for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates ended the minor league campaign for three of the five remaining clubs. While Louisville, Daytona and Dayton ended their seasons on Labor Day, Pensacola and Billings continue on to the playoffs.

Louisville finished the season on a high note, winning three of their last four games and finishing second in the International League West division. Hernan Iribarren won the IL batting championship after finishing the season with a .327 (122-for-373) mark. He became the first Louisville Bats player in franchise history to win the batting title since joining the International League. Highly-touted prospect Jesse Winker finished the season with a .303 (115-for-380) batting average with 3 homers and 45 RBI as he helped the Bats finish the season 71-73.

Daytona had an impressive showing in 2016, recording a 76-61 mark to end the season. The Tortugas won 40 games in the second half, but failed to make the playoffs. Gavin LaValley ended the season well, winning FSL Batter of the Week honors. LaValley went 9-for-21 with two homers, seven RBI and eight runs scored. LaValley had a good season with the Tortugas, batting .275 with 11 homers and 61 RBI. He ended the season with a better BA than FSL Player of the Year Aristides Aquino. However, Aquino had a monster season putting up .273 batting with 26 doubles, 12 triples, 23 homers, 11 stolen bases and 79 RBI.

While Aquino had an impressive season, the Dayton Dragons finished the season 47-93. Despite the tough season, Nick Senzel and company shined for the Dragons. The former Tennessee Volunteer finished the season with a .329 (69-for-210) batting average with 7 homers and 36 RBI. Senzel was leading the charge at the plate, Jesus Reyes was dealing on the mound. The right-hander went 5-5 with 2.40 ERA in 30 games for the Dragons. Reyes fanned 68 in 93.2 innings of work.

Pensacola continued their mastery of the baseball campaign, claiming the second half Southern League title and winning the league with a combined record of 81-59. With 5 straight wins to end the season, the Blue Wahoos surpassed the Mississippi Braves and took the Southern League crown. However, the two teams have matched up in the opening round of the playoffs and are even at 1-1 after splitting the first two games of the five game series in Pensacola. Rookie Davis helped the Wahoos win game one with six innings of one run ball and eight strikeouts. Davis is 10-3 with a 2.94 ERA in 19 starts for the Wahoos.

The Blue Wahoos are think into their playoff race, the Billings Mustangs will have to wait until next Tuesday to begin their Pioneer League Championship quest. Billings finished week 3-3 and have three more games before they face Great Falls in the opening round of the playoffs. Outfielder T.J. Friedl has been swinging a hot bat for the Mustangs. In his last 5 games, he is 8-for-21 with 6 RBI. He has raised his batting average to .347 on the season. The Pleasanton, CA native will look to lead the Mustangs to Pioneer League Championship next week.

With the season ending for most of the affiliates last week, Billings will need to record one win this weekend to ensure that the Cincinnati Reds affiliates end the season with a cumulative record over .500 this season. Right now they have a 347-344 mark with three regular season games to play.

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