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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Tim Adleman And Robert Stephenson See Frist Spring Action

The Reds had another rocky start by its pitching staff in a 9-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Two pitchers starting the game, Tim Adleman and Robert Stephenson were hit hard by the San Francisco Giants.

Adleman, who was released by Baltimore after two years in their system, took advantage of his enjoyment of the game to bounce back to make his Major League debut at 28.

‘I knew I could still perform at a high level and I still enjoyed playing the game,” Adleman said after allowing a two-run home run in the second inning of his two-inning stint against the Giants.

Scott Schebler threw Joe Panik out at the plate to end the first inning and saved a run for Adleman.

“Adleman threw fine,” Bryan Price said.  “He’s working on a new pitch (slider).  He was around the plate it was a good first off the spring. I was happy they way the ball came out of his hand. It was a good first outing.”

The Reds scored four runs off Matt Moore and Matt Reynolds in the second inning.  Scott Schebler walked against Moore.  Stuart Turner, the Rule 5 claim who the Reds have to carry on its 25-man roster all season or offer him back to the Minnesota Twins for $25,000, singled off Reynolds.  Zach Vincej doubled to score Schebler.  Jose Peraza singled to send Turner home.  Dilson Herrera, who is not allowed to throw because of inflammation in his shoulder, doubled as the designated hitter to cap the four-run inning.

Robert Stephenson gave up four runs in one plus inning.  He allowed four runs on three hits, a walk and hit a batter.

Jimmy Rollins singled and Joe Panik homered. Rolling singled again in the fourth and Jarrett Parker homered off Stephenson.

“It was a struggle for Stephenson to get ahead.  When he did get ahead there was an 0-2 hit by pitch and an 0-2 single.  He’ll get more opportunities.  He just has to settle in a little bit,” Price said.

The Reds scored five runs on eight hits.

“(Adam) Duvall hit the ball hard three times,” Price said.

Blake Trahan, who is not in Major League camp, had a hit in two good at bats.

“One day someone is going to ask Trahan of this is his first big league camp and he could claim its his third.  This is his second year and every time he gets in a game he does something,” Price said.

Trahan was taken in the third round of the 2015 draft out of University of Louisiana - Lafayette.  He skipped Dayton and went from Billings to Daytona two years ago.

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