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.
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.
The first 25,000 fans in attendance at tonight’s game will receive a Star Wars™ Mr. Redlegs X-Wing Fighter bobblehead, courtesy of Dynegy Energy Services. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 5:40PM 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.
During pregame ceremonies tonight we will honor many of our long-time Season Ticket Members as part of our first Season Ticket Member Appreciation Game of the 2016 season.
Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be former Reds catcher (’94-’00) Eddie Taubensee.
We intend to show the running of the 142nd Kentucky Derby on the GABP videoboards during today’s pregame – post time is scheduled for 6:34PM.
Congratulations to Tim Stoops, winner of the latest Better Off Red prize pack!
@Jamieblog “if you write a book about the arm without Sandy Koufax you didn’t write a book about the arm” – Better Off Red Trivia
— Tim Stoops (@timmer82) May 5, 2016
If you are attending the Reds vs. Brewers game on Saturday, May 7 (7:10pm) you’ll have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a “Reds Wives’ Favorite Things” basket raffle.
Eleven gift baskets have been filled by the players’ wives with their favorite items.
Items include food and gifts from their home state, gift cards to their favorite stores along with books and DVDs, an autographed baseball and four tickets to an upcoming Reds game.
Player baskets include: Jay Bruce, Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco, Tucker Barnhart, Caleb Cotham, Blake Wood, Ivan De Jesus Jr., JJ Hoover, Brandon Finnegan, Dan Straily and Jordan Pacheco. There will also be a Reds themed basket.
The retail value of each basket is well over $300.
What mom wouldn’t love this?
The Reds Wives will be selling raffle tickets (cash only) inside the first base side re-entry gate at Great American Ball Park starting when gates open at 5:40 p.m. until the end of the 7th inning. Fans must have a ticket to the game to purchase raffle tickets. Tickets will be on sale for one for $5 or three for $10.
The winners will be drawn at random during the 8th inning. Fans do not need to be present to claim their baskets.
All proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen Southwest Ohio which is the local source for funding programs that provide lifesaving research, breast health services, breast cancer education and outreach.
C Devin Mesoraco on Tuesday will have surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder.
He last played on 4/27 at NYM and on Monday went on the 15-day disabled list.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the 3rd Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by United Dairy Farmers. The approximately 15-minute fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a Star Wars™ soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.
Tonight is the start of Star Wars™ weekend at GABP and the first 20,000 fans in attendance tonight will receive a free Star Wars™/ Reds poster. At tonight’s game and throughout the weekend we will be joined at the ballpark by Star Wars characters from the Ohio Garrison of the 501st Legion, the Apollo Base of the Rebel Legion, and the Rancor Clan of the Mandalorian Merchs to participate in a variety of activities.
Here’s this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight from Reds Media Relations staffer Juan Dorado…
The Reds farmhands have been outstanding on the field of late as Louisville (4-2), Pensacola (4-2) and Daytona (3-2) posted winning weeks. Louisville leads the IL in the Wild Card race by one game over the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) while Pensacola is 1.5 games behind the Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee Brewers) for first in the Southern League standings.
The dominant play on the field was rewarded. Each affiliate was recognized by their respective league offices as the
Reds were the only organization in baseball to receive an award at each level.
Jermaine Curtis of the Louisville Bats was named International Player of the Month. The third baseman, hit .385 with 18 RBI and a .515 on-base percentage. Curtis hit .464 with runners on-base in April, and an even better .526 (10-for-19) with runners in scoring position. He leads the Reds system in batting average and RBI.
Curtis was not the only hitter to receive an award as Phillip Ervin (Pensacola) and Aristides Aquino (Daytona) took Player of the Week honors in their respective leagues.
Ervin was named Southern League Player of the Week after going 7-for-15 with three homers, two doubles and five RBI. He stole four bases during the streak and snapped a 1-for-24 seven-game prior to the start of April 25. Ervin leads the Reds system with nine stolen bases.
Aquino was on the same boat as Ervin, batting a season-low .157 entering the April 25th contest against Clearwater. The right-fielder ended the week batting .444 (8-for-18) with four homers and eight RBI and was named Florida State League Player of the Week. He leads all Reds farmhands with five homers on
On the bump, Franderlin Romero (Dayton) snagged the Pitcher of the Week award in the Midwest League. Romero went 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA. He struck out 13 in 11 innings on the mound. On April 26, the right-hander was four out short of tossing a no-hitter against Kane County.
With April in the books, the Cincinnati Reds affiliates will continue to improve their 47-59 overall record in the month of May.
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From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight the Reds will be wearing their Los Rojos alternate jerseys, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
During pregame ceremonies tonight we will welcome participants from the 18th annual Flying Pig Marathon, powered by P&G. Last weekend nearly 40,000 running enthusiasts took part in some of the various events hosted in downtown Cincinnati, which also included over 6,000 volunteers and an estimated 100,000 spectators and supporters. Hundreds of Flying Pig participants will join us in a pregame parade around the warning track and offering up ceremonial first pitches this evening will be the winners of the 2016 half-marathons – David Bea (Cincinnati) and Amy Robillard (Montgomery).