By HAL McCOY
They played a wild, wild, wild one out west in Glendale, Ariz., a spring exhibition game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox.
The Reds scored 12 runs and bashed 14 hits. They weren’t enough.
When the sagebrush quit blowing Wednesday afternoon, the White Sox owned a 14-12 victory at Camelback Ranch Stadium.
The Reds couldn’t hold a 12-9 lead in the eighth inning. The White Sox scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth, including a grand slam home run by Luis Robert, wearing uniform No. 92, his first RBI of the spring.
The grand slam came off Jackson Stephens, who gave up five runs and three hits in the eighth inning.
Reds pitching gave up 14 runs, 16 hits, five walks and four home runs.
And the biggest news? Joey Votto collected his first hit of the spring. Votto walked during a five-run first inning and led the second inning with a single to ignite a four-run inning. Votto went 1 for 4 with a walk.
Billy Hamilton, though, still doesn’t have a hit but hasn’t played the last two games after spraining his left index finger during a workout. He is listed as day-to-day (and aren’t we all).
Scott Schebler, who lost the left field argument to Adam Duvall early last season, is attempting to make certain he doesn’t lose the right field job this spring to Jesse Winker. Schebler went 4 for 4 with a two-run home run in the second inning.
Dilson Herrera, trying to shake a litany of injuries and win a spot on the roster, had three hits, scored two and drove in two as the designated hitter.
But there were a couple of downers other than the game-winning Chisox grand slam, too.
Homer Bailey made his second start of the spring and it was plug ugly — three innings, six runs, seven hits that included two home runs.
And Amir Garrett’s perfect slate was scribbled all over by the White Sox. Garrett came into the game with six innings of no run, no hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts.
But on Wednesday he pitched two innings and gave up two runs, three hits, walked two and struck out only one.
Tucker Barnhart also hit a two-run home run in that four-run second inning.
After scoring nine runs in the first two innings, the Reds didn’t score again until they scored two in the sixth and one in the seventh.