By HAL McCOY
If the Cincinnati Reds were smart, they stayed out of the casinos this weekend during their visit to Las Vegas.
They would have returned to Goodyear Sunday night wearing their underwear.
And Reds pitcher Tim Adleman may not have even had his underwear.
THE REDS PLAYED TWO games in Las Vegas against the Chicago Cubs and not only lost them both, they gave up 33 runs in two days.
They lost Saturday, 11-7, as starter Robert Stephenson gave up a pair of runs in the first inning — four runs, six hits and two walks in four innings.
Adleman, though, was terrorized by the Cubs Sunday in a game the Reds lost 22-4. Yes, that’s not a Cincinnati Bengals score, that’s the score of the Reds-Cubs game.
ADLEMAN GAVE UP SIX runs, seven hits (two home runs) and a walk in the first inning.
In Vegas, that’s called snake eyes or craps.
MEANWHILE, in Goodyear a split squad Reds team also lost, 7-6, to the Seattle Mariners.
Starter Rookie Davis gave up a two-run home run in the second inning, but was stable most of the way — 4 2/3 innings, five runs (three earned), one walk, seven strikeouts.
Jose Peraza homered in the first inning for the Reds, then Desmond Jenning and pitcher Wood hit back-to-back home runs in the second to give the Reds a 3-2 lead.
But Reds third baseman Hernan Iribarren made two separate throwing errors and each throw enabled the Mariners to score an unearned run for a 5-4 lead in the top of the fifth.
The Reds tied it in the bottom of the fifth on Iribarren’s sacrifice fly and that’s the way it stood until the eighth.
The Mariners scored twice against Lucas Benenati on a run-scoring double by Taylor Motter and a sacrifice fly by Carlos Ruiz.
THE REDS DREW WITHIN one in the bottom of the ninth on a leadoff home run by Chad Wallach, but the next three went out 1-2-3.
Jose Peraza continued his spring hitting exhibition with two hits and is hitting .350.
BACK IN VEGAS, THE Cubs line score read: 600-308-32x — 22-21-0.
The Cubs hit five home runs, including Anthony Rizzo leading off the bottom of the first against Adleman.
Adleman’s nightmarish first inning went like this:
Rizzo homers. Kris Bryant doubles. Kyle Schwarber walks. Albert Almora Jr. hit a three-run homer. With one out, Chesny Young doubles. Victor Caratini doubles for a run. John Andreoli singles for a run. Pitcher Eddie Butler singles for a run. Six runs, seven hits, one walk.
Nick Rout replaced Adleman with one out in the fourth and gave up three runs and four hits in two-thirds of an inning.
THE REDS INSERTED 23-year-old Dominican Sandy Lugo to pitch the sixth, his major league exhibition debut after he pitched last season at Class A Dayton.
It was an inning he will never forget — eight runs, five hit and two walks and one of the hits was a grand slam home run by Bijan Rademacher.
For the Reds, Asmendy Alcantara had three hits and drove in a run. Joey Votto was 2-for-2 with a walk and Jesse Winker, sent back to minor league camp last week, had two hits, including a home run.
Amazingly, Cubs starter Eddie Butler is 5-and-0 this spring. He gave up two runs and seven hits in his 4 2/3 innings. In his last two years with the Colorado Rockies he went 2-and-5 with a 7.17 ERA and 3-and-10 with a 5.90 ERA.
BILLY HAMILTON, THOUGH, continues to search for success. He went 0 for 4, made an error, and his average dipped to .178.
Adleman probably pitched his way out of the rotation with his 2-3 record and two straight bad outings.
Davis, though, continues in the mix.