"But I felt like I had [good stuff] and it progressively got better as I worked into my fastball and my offspeed. I kind of felt like [Justin] Verlander. I got better as it goes.''
Adams, the offensive hero, said he was looking for a first-pitch fastball from Nitro left-hander Kip Brewer when he came to the plate with two on and two out in a scoreless top of the first.
"I watched the first four at-bats,'' Adams said, "and I saw he was giving first-pitch fastballs and was trying to get ahead. Austin Hensley, actually, brought that to my attention, and I just acted on it.
"I had a good idea I had gotten enough of it, but I still sprinted out of the box just in case there was some wind out there.''
Two batters after Adams' homer, Hensley followed with an RBI double. Hurricane got its other run in the fifth on a dropped fly in the outfield with the bases loaded.
Nitro boarded its lone run in the fifth to make it 4-1 when Ryan McDonough scored from second on a one-out strikeout by Solomon Shamblin. The third strike got away from Brock, who wasn't able to nail Solomon at first and when the ball got away there, McDonough scored.
Wildcats coach Steve Pritchard had seen it all before as far as the lack of offensive punch.
"That's been it,'' Pritchard said. "If we had T-shirts with a theme this year, that would be our theme. That's exactly the way it's been for 10 games. It's just so happened our pitching has held us for six of them. It's that simple.''
Pritchard realizes his team has some shuffling to do after Jewell's injury. McDonough, one of the Wildcats' top pitchers, now must do the lion's share of the catching.
"It was a mess,'' Pritchard said. "You try to plan for everything. On Sundays we plan for the entire week, week and a half. But you can't plan on your backup catcher pitching [a couple of days] before your regular catcher breaks his hand. We just didn't have any choice but to bring in McDonough like that, and he has a few knee problems.''
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