Todd Frazier took the Home Run Derby to new heights and solidified his spot as face of the Reds franchise. Aroldis Chapman blew everyone’s doors off again with 100-plus mph heat. And Cincinnati put on a pretty good show for All-Star week.
Here are some of the Reds-related stories, in case you missed them.
Greetings from the Sirius-XM Home Run Derby, where the new format has created quite a bit more excitement.
I just wanted to invite you to go to my Facebook page for links to my stories and photos from the All-Star Game events here at Great American Ball Park, and more.
This came from the folks at Triple-A Louisville Sunday afternoon:
LHP Tony Cingrani (4.0 IP), LHP David Holmberg (3.0 IP) and RHP Sam LeCure (2.0 IP) combined to throw the Louisville Bats’ first ever nine-inning no-hitter Sunday afternoon in Toledo. Louisville defeated the Mud Hens 5-0.
LeCure struck out Mike Hessman for the final out. Hessman hit 25 homers as a member of the Bats in 2013.
On May 14, 2000, Larry Luebbers tossed a seven-inning no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader at Charlotte, the only other no-hitter in Louisville franchise history since 1982.
I am not in Miami for the series as I’m back in Cincinnati for All-Star Game stuff. Here is tonight’s lineup:
The Reds and Nationals series finale was called off because of rain before the 7:05 pm scheduled start. No makeup date was announced.
“It’s a bad forecast and my understanding was yesterday was the first day they didn’t have rain here in a long time on the field,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “They just didn’t think it could take this much more rain and still be playable. They were very communicative with me ahead of time that the weather and the field conditions might create this environment.”
Michael Lorenzen was scheduled to start Wednesday’s game and could very well be pushed back. It could cost David Holmberg a promotion, though. Holmberg was to be called up from Triple-A Louisville to start Thursday’s series opener vs. the Marlins in Miami.
If Lorenzen is moved back a day, this would be the second time this season Holmberg saw a potential call-up effectively wiped out by rain.
“We’ll get together collectively and discuss our options,” Price said. “There could be a lot of moving parts in this. A lot of things that may change because of this. We’ll see.”
There have been four postponements, 17 delays and one suspended game this season for the Reds because of rain. The delay times have totaled 21 hours, 40 minutes.
There is already makeup games scheduled vs. the Cubs – in a day-night doubleheader – on July 22 at Great American Ball Park to account for an April 25 rainout. Two days later will be another makeup vs. the Tigers, also at home, for a June 18 rainout. A May 8 rainout vs. the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field was rescheduled as a doubleheader the following day.