No homecoming for Sherrard grad Adams

2009-04-26T17:45:00Z No homecoming for Sherrard grad AdamsSteve Batterson The Quad-City Times
April 26, 2009 5:45 pm  • 

Cody Adams won't get the chance to pitch for visiting Wisconsin during its series against the Quad-Cities River Bandits.

He can live with his consolation prize, however.

The Sherrard grad took the mound for the Timber Rattlers on Friday at Milwaukee's Miller Park, working three innings of relief in Wisconsin's 5-3 win over Peoria.

A crowd of 17,880 watched Adams and his teammates make the most of a one-night taste of life in the big leagues.

"If I can't pitch here, that's not a bad trade-off," said Adams, a second-round pick of the Brewers in the 2008 draft out of Southern Illinois who is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA in three Midwest League appearances this season.

"I really was looking forward to pitching here, kind of a second home field for me. I've never played on this field and I've had a lot of texts and emails from all sorts of people at home wondering if was going to happen," Adams said.

"Growing up in a small town of 700 people, people are so supportive, and it would have been great to pitch here in front of them. We had a postponement that shuffled our rotation. It just didn't work out this time."

Instead, the 6-foot-2 right-hander from Viola, Ill., was able to tell family and friends who attended Wisconsin's weekend games with the River Bandits about what it was like to work off of a major-league mound.

"The atmosphere was incredible. To be out there, with so many fans rooting for you, it was great," he said.

"I was pumped from the minute we got to the park and it's good to get a taste of what we're all working toward. Once I got out there, though, it was just about playing the game. It's still 60 feet, 6 inches (from the mound to the plate) and 90 feet between the bases."

Those are the numbers Adams continues to focus on 11 innings into his first full season in the Milwaukee organization.

Adams struck out 11 batters and walked five in his role in the Timber Rattlers' tandem system, rotating between starting and relief roles for the first time in his career.

"The preparation has been different, switching back and forth," he said. "To me, it's easier to do one thing, which is what I've done up until now. I know they do it to try to save wear on arms, but it has been different."

The results have been steady, however.

"I feel pretty good about the start I've had," Adams said. "My off-speed pitches are working, my sinker has been good to me and my strikeouts are up and my walks are down so I'm happy with that. It's something to build on."

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