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Reds: Hamilton and Holmberg notes



HERE are notes and stats from Friday's 4-2 win over Brewers + video of Billy's catch and homer!

Bill Longball
Billy Hamilton hit is 5th home run Friday night. He is on pace for 32 doubles, 6 triples, 10 homer and 48 extra-base hits. His slugging percentage is .408. Here is a list of some players he has a higher slugging percentage than this year:
Jayson Werth, Shin-Soo Choo, Chris Davis (53 HR '13), Ryan Howard, David Wright, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, Mark Reynolds, Matt Holliday, Jason Heyward.

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 4: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a two run home run during the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on July 4, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Down on the Farm

(Courtesy Louisville Bats)

Tuesday's doubleheader
LHP David Holmberg it positioned to start, if needed, for one of Tuesday's games vs Chicago. Holmberg started for Louisville Friday night, and was taken out after only 50 pitches: 3.2 innings, 0 runs, 3 hits, 4 K. He has allowed 3 runs in the last 22.1 innings. Holmberg is on the 40-man roster.
Chien-Ming Wang (8-5 3.43) is another option, but he is not on the 40-man. Wang pitched Wednesday night: 6.2 IN, 4 H, 2 R, 8 BB, 1 K. Wang's ERA is 2.59 over his last six starts (38.2 IN).
Cubs .228/.656 vs RHP.
Cubs .263/.742 vs LHP. 
Curtis Partch and Brett Marshall are on the 40-man, but have not pitched well. Johnny Cueto will start one of the games on Tuesday.
Holmberg was acquired by the Reds from the Diamondbacks as part of a 3-team trade that sent catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Rays on Dec. 3, 2013. He was ranked 9th among Diamondbacks prospects by entering the 2013 season. He has made one ML appearance, August 25, 2013 vs Arizona: 3.2 IN, 6 H, 3 R.

Corky Miller's playing days likely over

Former Reds pitcher dies

Brosnan, who threw literature a curve, dies at 84
NY Times
Jim Brosnan, who achieved modest baseball success as a relief pitcher but gained greater fame and consequence in the game by writing about it, died on June 29 in Park Ridge, Ill. He was 84.
The cause was an infection he developed while recovering from a stroke, his son, Timothy, said.

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