It was a night, a very short night, during which Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tim Adleman probably wished he were back pitching for the Lincoln Saltdogs or the El Paso Diablos or the New Jersey Jackals.
Those were the independent league teams for which the 28-year-old Adleman pitched for two years after the Baltimore Orioles released him in 2010.
After the Orioles released their 24th-round draft pick during spring training, he tried out for the independent league Florence (Ky.) Freedom and they couldn’t use him.
THE LINCOLN SALTDOGS signed him and Adleman pitched in the independent leagues for two years and the Reds spotted him and signed him.
So there he was Wednesday night, on national television (MLB Network) and it was a full-fledged nightmare against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Adleman faced 12 batters and nine hit safely. He gave up seven runs. The first three Diamondbacks hit safely, two of them infield hits, for a run, and another hit drove in a second run.
IN THE SECOND INNING, opposing pitcher Patrick Corbin led with a double and Adleman gave up five straight hits and threw two wild pitches before he was mercifully pulled from the mound with a 22.85 earned run average.
Former Milwaukee shortstop Jean Segura had hits in both the first and second innings and was 13 for 22 at that point in spring training. He added another hit in his next two at-bats and is now 14 for 24. Outfield prospect Socrates Brito (obviously a deep thinker), also had hits in each of the first two innings. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt had hits in his first three at-bats.
At one point, the Arizona broadcaster said, “The Reds are going to sell a lot of programs this year.” Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Zack Cozart and Billy Hamilton were all absent this night. And later the broadcasters launched into a long dissertation about the airliner graveyard that rests behind the right field wall at Cincinnati’s spring training home, Goodyear Ballpark.
When the ugliness finally ended, the Reds were 10-6 losers. Against starter Patrick Corbin they had two runs and four hits. And the D-Backs No. 3 starter struck out six. Arizona’s starting pitchers have not lost a game this spring (6-and-0).
The Reds fell behind 9-1 after four before the Reds began chipping away, including a three-run home run in the seventh by second baseman Brandon Dixon, one of three players acquired in trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers, along with Scott Schebler and Jose Peraza.
BRANDON PHILLIPS HAD the first two hits off Corbin and scored the first run on a single by Yorman Rodriguez.
And the Reds saw an old friend in the fifth inning when Sam LeCure took the mound. It was his fifth appearance this spring and has not given up a run.
The D-Backs had 14 hits by the end of the fifth inning and Reds left hander Tony Cingrani finally put a cap on it with a perfect 1-2-3 sixth inning with two strikeouts.
The Reds are 7-9-1 and have now given up nine or more runs six times — 9, 16, 11, 9, 10.