This week’s Reds Report was finished before the completion of Sunday’s game.
This week was a mixed bag for the Reds. By Wednesday Cincinnati had unexpectedly taken two out of three games from the Cubs at Wrigley. However, on Friday and Saturday they dropped two straight to the Marlins.
1. Billy Hamilton terrorized the Cubs pitching staff on Tuesday. By the end of the day Hamilton had three steals, and he also scored from second on a passed ball.
You don’t see this everyday!
– FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) July 5, 2016
2. One day later Tucker Barnhart played the role of hero. With Cincinnati trailing 3-1 in the 7th, Barnhart hit a three-run homer that helped the Reds get a series clinching win at Wrigley.
3. The All-Star Game is this week, and in non-Reds news a Twins fan found an interesting way to show his support for Eduardo Nunez.
4. Speaking of the All-Star Game, the Reds will have two representatives in San Diego this week. When the Reds acquired Adam Duvall last season in a trade for Mike Leake, no one would have guessed that he would be an All-Star. Yet, that’s exactly what happened. The twenty-seven-year-old Louisville native is hitting .249/.288/.556 with 23 home runs this season.
Initially it appeared Duvall would be the only Reds player on the National League roster. However, prior to Saturday’s game Jay Bruce discovered that he had been added as an injury replacement.
Bruce is in the midst of his best offensive season since 2013, and he’s also found himself in the middle of a number of trade rumors.
5. Not only will Duvall play in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, but he’ll also participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday. Duvall received a three seed in the competition, and he’ll have to face off against San Diego’s hometown representative Wil Myers in the first round.
Here are the participants and bracket for Monday’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby. pic.twitter.com/N3TWIKUy4M
– MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) July 7, 2016
6. Speaking of the Home Run Derby, why not take a trip down memory lane and enjoy former Reds 3B Todd Frazier winning the Derby at Great American Ball Park last season. Cincinnati might not win many games on the field, but they can hold their own in this competition.
Was the addition of a timer to the home run derby the best sports related tweak since the three point line?
7. With all of this talk of players hitting home runs, it’s worth noting that the Reds pitching staff is serving them up at an alarming rate. As of Sunday morning Cincinnati had allowed 153 long balls in 88 games. The all-time record is 241 home runs allowed in a season set by the 1996 Detroit Tigers. C. Trent Rosecrans dove in to the numbers, and looked at the teams chances of setting the record this season. Without looking you can probably guess that they’re pretty high.
8. The Reds might have dropped two straight to the Marlins this weekend, but Billy Hamilton continued to be a human highlight reel.
– #Statcast (@statcast) July 9, 2016
9. In injury news, Brandon Phillips has a hairline fracture in his left hand according to Zach Buchanan. The injury occurred when Phillips was hit by a pitch in the 7th inning of Friday night’s game. He played through the pain on Saturday going 2-4 with an RBI.
10. It’s that time of year when you might consider taking in a baseball game. As a public service announcement, if a foul ball is coming toward you don’t try and catch it with a tray of food.
Most of the Reds will have the first part of this week off. Following the All-Star break, Cincinnati will host the Brewers for three games starting Friday.
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