ST. LOUIS -- Matt Adams made the highlight package, a replay review and nearly the blooper reel in a rather eventful night at first base during the Cardinals' 5-1 loss to the Phillies on Friday.
His defensive play shined several times, most notably when he speared Cody Asche's sharply hit ball down the first-base line to rob Asche of a fifth-inning double. Adams made another tough pick the following inning, and started a nifty double play in the seventh.
"I think just how well he moves over there can get overlooked," manager Mike Matheny said of Adams, who entered the night ranked second among National League first baseman with six defense runs saved. "He does a nice job. He's a good defender. He's getting more aggressive, more comfortable over there with time. He's got a nice feel."
However, not all went so smoothly for Adams. His foot came off the base when receiving a throw in the seventh, a gaffe that extended the inning and gave him an error. It also initiated a replay review, as the Cardinals believed video evidence showed Adams did touch the base on a second attempt, still in time to record the out. The call would not be overturned.
"It was close," Adams said. "Obviously, they saw otherwise."
The Cardinals then ended the ninth with a wacky defensive play that left everyone simply relieved that no one got hurt. Ryan Howard skipped a ball that hit off Adams' leg and back toward the plate. Reliever Trevor Rosenthal gave chase, stumbled while fielding it, but managed to roll the ball to Adams to get the out. Howard leaped over Rosenthal to avoid entanglement.
"You could say the ball was finding me," Adams said. "You have a lot of left-handed guys [on the Phillies team] who like to pull the ball. I'm doing everything I can over there to help our pitching staff out."
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