7/26/2014 9:42 P.M. ET
Consecutive homerless games in Cincy a rarity
By Manny Randhawa / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- There have been 941 games played in the 12-year history of Great American Ball Park, and Saturday's 1-0 Reds win over the Nationals was only the 79th game in which a home run was not hit. In other words -- or numbers -- a homer has been hit in 91.7 percent of contests at the ballpark.
But this season alone, seven of those homerless games have taken place in the first 50 games. That means a homer has been hit at Great American Ball Park in 86 percent of games in 2014.
Saturday's homerless game was the second straight after the Nationals beat the Reds, 4-1, on Friday and no baseballs left the yard. Friday and Saturday's homerless affairs represent just the fourth instance in the ballpark's history in which two consecutive games were played without a dinger being hit.
There has never been a stretch of three games in a row without a homer at Great American Ball Park, and that statistic will be in jeopardy in Sunday's series finale.
A larger deviation between the historic trend and what's happened so far this season can be found in the number of 1-0 games played at the ballpark. Overall, there have been 16 1-0 contests played in the history of the venue, representing 1.7 percent of all games. This season alone, however, there have been five out of 50, representing 10 percent of all games.
The Reds are 9-7 all-time in 1-0 games at Great American Ball Park, and 2-3 this season after Saturday's win.
Back with Reds, Hannahan awaits activation
CINCINNATI -- Corner infielder Jack Hannahan, who has been on the disabled list all season while recovering from right shoulder surgery in October 2013, could be activated soon.
Hannahan has played in 12 rehab games, four at Class A Dayton and eight with Triple-A Louisville. He served as the designated hitter in all four games with Dayton, going 4-for-12 with a double and an RBI. Since joining Louisville he's played five games as the DH and three at first base, going 8-for-28 (.286) with two doubles and five RBIs.
Hannahan is now back with the Reds and took batting practice and did some infield work at first base before Saturday's 1-0 win over the Nationals at Great American Ball Park.
"I think he's very close to passing the smell test right now as far as being ready to go, which would be more as a bench bat and could play some first base," manager Bryan Price said. "He's not quite ready to play third and make those across-the-diamond throws on a regular basis.
"So he'll continue to work on his arm strength and his arm conditioning. But I would say, here in the next day or two, there's a good chance we could activate him."
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.