Adams went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Saturday against the Dodgers. Adams launched his 12th bomb of 2016 to put the Cardinals on the scoreboard in the fifth inning of the game they trailed throughout. He's now homered in back-to-back contests to raise his slugging percentage to .486.
Adams went 1-for-6 with a walk and a walk-off solo shot in the bottom of the 16th inning to down the Dodgers 4-3 Friday night. Adams' batting average dropped three points to .261 -- its lowest point since May 3 -- but he made the most of his only hit in seven plate appearances during the marathon. It was the first baseman's 11th homer of the season, and the second career 16th-inning walk-off blast for Adams. The 27-year-old has struggled mightily in July, slashing .159/.213/.386 through 44 at-bats.
Adams is out of the lineup for Monday's series opener with the Padres. Adams is hitting .264 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI on the season but will get the night off with southpaw Christian Friedrich on the mound for San Diego. The Cardinals will slide Matt Holliday to first base and insert Tommy Pham into the lineup in order to get as many right-handed hitters in the game as possible.
Adams is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins. Adams got the starting nod Saturday, but Sunday will mark the second time this series that he's been rested in favor of Matt Holliday at first base. There's no need to fret, however, as each of those days off will have come against an opposing left-hander. In Sunday's case, it will be southpaw Adam Conley taking the hill for the Marlins.
Adams is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Marlins. The 27-year-old will ride the pine with a lefty in Wei-Yin Chen due up for Miami, as is standard whenever the Cardinals face a southpaw. Adams' performance against right-handers has gradually declined over the past six weeks or so, culminating in an 0-for-29 spell just before the break, and his opportunities have dried up as a result. Matt Holliday and Jedd Gyorko will likely continue to eat into his time at first base.
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