(BaseballStL) -- He had missed 13 games with a left calf strain, but all of Matt Adam's muscles powered into a blast in his first at-bat back to give the Cardinals the victory over the Nationals.
The 6'3" Adams dug into the box as the number six hitter, hoping to bust out the Cardinals first hit against Jordan Zimmermann. Zimmermann had sent the Redbirds down in order up until his second pitch to the big man.
After throwing a 94 mph fastball, Zimmermann came back with the change-up that Big City sent 419 feet over the wall in center field. It proved to be the game winning run and it came in just the second inning.
Zimmermann was efficient for the Nats, throwing 76 total pitches in 8.0 innings. But the blast by Adams was the decider.
"That’s the game, and that’s the difference for us," Mike Matheny said, "He’s got that ridiculous power. Just the ability to get the ball high in the air and lift it out of the park. Matt had good at bats all day long."
Adams made four rehab start in Triple-A after being placed on the 15-day disabled list. Despite just 3 hits in 17 at-bats in AAA, Adams said he needed those rehab starts.
"Yesterday in Memphis, it really gave me confidence, because I felt good at the plate," Adams added, "I felt my timing was working."
But he said the most important thing was getting Lance Lynn the win. And Adams and the Cardinals delivered.