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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Reds Rally Falls Short Tim Adleman Bounces Back, Robert Stephenson Going Right Direction

It was the tale of two outings for the Reds against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday

One bad inning spelled doom for the Reds in a 6-5 loss although they nearly tied the game on a lineout by Zach Vincej with runners on first and third in the ninth.

Tim Adleman was hit with a line drive by Jed Lowrie on his right shoulder on Thursday against Oakland.  He talked to reporters wearing an ice compress.  Adleman took his regular turn against the Dodgers on Tuesday. 

The big right-hander has a good chance to win one of the three open spots in the rotation after Scott Feldman and Brandon Finnegan.

Adleman pitched three scoreless innings but gave up a walk to Yasiel Puig and a home run to Yasmani Grandal to start the fourth.  Adleman left after 3 1/3 innings with the bases loaded.  The Dodgers scored two runs after he left the game on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error by Joey Votto.

Adleman was charged with five earned runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out two. This time he was hit on the foot by Scott Van Slyke, one of the hits Adleman surrendered.

Van Slyke’s infield single and Darnell Sweeney’s walk loaded the bases. Pinch hitter Wille Calhoun hit a ground ball to Joey Votto at first.  Votto’s throw home sailed over Tucker Barnhart’s head and two runs scored.  Adleman was charged with a fifth run when Logan Forsythe doubled off Evan Mitchell.

“It was the tale of two outings,” Adleman said.  “I hate to go out on that note but there is still a lot of positives from the first three innings. I’ll forget about the last one and be ready for the next opportunity.’

Adleman had no ill effects from the shoulder that was hit last outing.  The ball Van Slyke hit caught him on the outside of the foot.

“It wasn’t hit all that hared.  It will probably be another bruise,’ Adleman said. “It is becoming a trend now, balls being hit right at me.  This one was more frustrating because I think it would have been a double play if I fielded it or just let it go. I’m pretty confident Cozie or Jose would have fielded it.”

Adleman is just trying to take advantage of each opportunity.

“The other guys are pitching pretty well and with the exception of a few hitters in my last outing, I feel like I’m throwing pretty well.  All I can do is take advantage of every opportunity.”

The Reds scored first earlier in the fourth.  Patrick Kivlehan walked and went to second on a bad pickoff throw by Dodgers’ starter Rich Hill.  Zack Cozart singled to score Kivlehan.  Jose Peraza singled home a run in the fifth off Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers closer. 

Desmond Jennings walked.  Dilson Herrera singled him to third.  Peraza’s single to center made it 6-2.

Raisel Iglesias escaped a one-out bases loaded jam when Kivlehan turned in a 5-3 double play.

Louis Coleman, who made 61 appearances for the Dodgers last year, made his first appearances. Coleman was hampered in camp with a shoulder ailment but turned in a scoreless inning.

Robert Stephenson pitched two scoreless innings to improve his chances of winning one of the open starters jobs.

“He threw primarily fastballs, well located, ahead in the count,” Price said.  ‘He had that split change he used for a finish pitch for a couple of punch outs. He was very, very aggressive and on the plate. That’s going to be the key to his success.  Even when he was behind he threw some good location fastballs and that’s a step in the right directions for one of our young pitchers.”

The Reds’ shock troops got them back into the game.

Chad Wallach walked in the eighth.  He was on first with two outs when Aristides Aquino doubled.  Gabriel Guerrero singled to make the score 6-4.

In the ninth Phillip Ervin walked with two outs.  Wallach drew his second walk in as many at bats.  Brandon Dixon improved his batting average to .286 with a run scoring single to center.  Vincej hit the ball on the screws but former Red Tyler Holt picked it off the grass to end the game.

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