Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…
Five of the six affiliates won three or more contests last week, but they ended the week a combined 19-19. Louisville, Pensacola and Billings all tallied winning weeks and four wins each.
Louisville was led by the offensive punch of Hernan Iribarren. The infielder has hit safely in 15 straight games and helped lead the Bats to a 4-3 week. Last week, he hit .500 (13-for-26) with nine runs, 3 homers and 9 RBI. He homered in three straight games from 7/19-7/21. He led the IL in RBI, HR, runs and hits while finishing second in batting average last week. In the month of July, Iribarren is hitting .448 (26-for-58) with 3 homers and 13 RBI.
While, Iribarren has turned it on of late, Tyler Mahle’s magical season continues. The right-hander started the season with Daytona, going 8-3 with a 2.50 ERA, before being moved to Double-A Pensacola. He has been even better with the Blue Wahoos, going 5-1 with 2.41 ERA in six starts. Last week, in his only start for the Blue Wahoos, he went 6 innings, allowing zero earned runs with 5 strikeouts. Pensacola went 4-2 and within one game of first place in Southern League South division.
Billings continued their winning ways last week, as they tallied another winning week, going 4-2. Billings leads the Pioneer League North division by three games over Great Falls. The Mustangs had another big week at the plate as Daniel Sweet and John Sansone paced the attack. Sweet batted .500 (6-for-12) with three extra-base hits and 2 RBI, while Sansone hit .556 (10-for-18) with 3 doubles and 2 RBI. Sansone had a team-high six runs scored. On the mound, Alex Webb led the league with 2 victories last week. The right-hander went 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA.
AZL Reds and Daytona won three games each last week.
The AZL Reds tallied an even 3-3 mark, in large part to the pitching of Luis Alecis and Wennington Romero. Alecis went 0-0 with 0.00 ERA in seven innings of work. He struck out 6, and has not allowed a run since 7/11, while Romero went five scoreless innings with 8 strikeouts.
After losing four straight to the St. Lucie Mets, the Tortugas have won 3 of their last 4 games and finished the week 3-4. Angelo Gumbs clubbed an FSL-high two homers on the week. He is one homer shy of reaching the double digits mark, and finished the week batting .259 (7-for-27) with three runs and 3 RBI. Keury Mella turned in one of his finest starts of the season on 7/18 vs Jupiter, tossing six innings, allowing one run with 5 strikeouts. He improved to 7-6 on the season and dropped his ERA to 3.18.
Dayton had another tough week to go with their tough season. Dayton went 1-5, but first rounder Nick Senzel has lived up to the billing for the Dragons. Senzel clubbed homer No.1 on 7/18 and homer No.2 on 7/20. He hit .375 with 2 homers and 9 RBI last week. On 7/18 vs Wisconsin, Senzel was a double shy of the cycle as he went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI, leading Dayton to their lone win of the week.
RED Bites: Tyler Stephenson is finding his groove with Dayton. Last week, he hit .471 (8-for-17) with 3 doubles and one RBI… Jesse Winker hit .423 (11-for-26) with 3 doubles for Louisville. Since returning from the DL, Winker is hitting .367… Rookie Davis went 2-0 with 1.64 ERA in 11 innings of work last week for the Blue Wahoos. He led the league with two wins…
The affiliates continue play through the week as they are inching closer to a combined .500 mark, 213-228. With 15 games to make up, the Reds will look for another big week on the diamond.
If you are attending the Reds vs. Diamondback game on Saturday, July 23 (7:10pm) you’ll have the opportunity to purchase autographed baseballs and photos from the Reds Wives Mystery Ball & Photo fundraiser.
Baseballs and photos from the 40 man roster as well as others are included. A list of players included will be available at the fundraiser.
The Reds Wives will be selling baseballs for $40 and photos for $20 (cash only) inside the reentry gate at Great American Ball Park starting when gates open at 5:40pm until they are gone (or the end of the game). Fans must have a ticket to the game to participate.
All proceeds will benefit SPCA Cincinnati who are committed to the welfare of animals by providing shelter and care, advocacy, speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves and providing the means to enhance the bond between people and animals.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today over 600 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.
Also during pregame ceremonies today we will honor the Greater Cincinnati Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year finalists. Our four local finalists are Corie Hisle (Buenger Club), Tahjay Woodard (Findlay Street Club), Adrian Hall (MSU Club) & Kendal Neal (U.S. Bank Club).
Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches today will be country music recording artist David Nail. Nail is in town promoting his newest album “Fighter”.
Today’s game will be televised on MLB Network. Today’s throwback uniforms are part of a league–wide initiative as the Braves will wear 1969 uniforms and 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.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 20, 2016
The Reds today claimed from the Nationals RHP Abel De Los Santos and optioned him to AA-Pensacola.
De Los Santos, 23, went a combined 1-1 with 5 saves and a 3.67 ERA in 29 appearances for AAA-Syracuse and AA-Harrisburg. He entered 2016 as Washington’s 20th-best prospect as ranked by Baseball America.
The Reds 40-man roster is currently at 40.
From my pal @Bongreatness...
Tonight is the annual Xavier University Night at Great American Ball Park. Hundreds of Xavier students, faculty & alumni will join us for a pregame parade around the warning track, amongst other activities.
During pregame ceremonies we will honor the Reds Way Employee of the Month for July, Ticket Seller Clayton Nevels.
Today is also the fifth and final Kid Glove Game of the 2016 season.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the fourth Kid Glove Game of the 2016 season. Now in its 68th 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. As part of tonight’s festivities the Rosie Reds will present a $4,000 donation to the Kid Glove Program.
Tonight we also welcome hundreds of employees and their families from the Brighton Center. This year the Brighton Center is celebrating 50 years of transforming lives in our community.
Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight on behalf of Bristol Motor Speedway will be Daniel Hemric, Driver in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Daniel will be racing at Bristol Motor Speedway when NASCAR returns to the track August 17-20.
Reds option to Louisville LHP John Lamb, recall from Louisville OF Kyle Waldrop (#30).
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 17, 2016
From my pal @Bongreatness...
Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a Reds Team Card Set, courtesy of Kahn’s.
Today is the annual Season Ticket Member Photo Day with the Reds. Hundreds of Reds full & half season ticket members will join us on the warning track prior to the game for the opportunity to take a photo with their favorite mascots, coaches & players.
Today is also the second annual Lauren Hill Day at GABP. In conjunction with the Lawrenceburg (IN) community the Reds are happy to host friends, family and supporters of the Lauren Hill “Fight for Cure” Foundation. Amongst those joining us for a pregame ceremony today will be Lauren’s parents Brent & Lisa.
During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Isaac Carree for the singing of God Bless America.
Happy birthday, Lisa Braun!
From my pal @Bongreatness...
The first 25,000 fans in attendance at tonight’s game will receive a Zack Cozart bobblehead, courtesy of PNC Bank. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 5:40PM for the general public. However those gates opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.
Tonight is the second Season Ticket Member Appreciation Night of the 2016 season. Over 20 Season Ticket Members will be honored during pregame ceremonies, each receiving a custom framed gift from the Reds organization, saluting them for their many years of support.
So fun to see several members of Crystal Palace FC at Great American Ball Park last night! They’re in town, all the way from London, to play an exhibition match against our friends FC Cincinnati tonight.
The players we spoke to last night are really excited to be in Cincinnati. One member of the team said it’s the best city they’ve been to while touring the US. They were grateful of the good food in town and how nice the people here have been. Well done, Cincy!
Did you happen to see Reds third base coach Billy Hatcher rocking the traditional stirrups last night?
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.)