One, two, three. That's how every pitcher hopes an inning will go. Hitters, on the other hand, would prefer it to be more like back-to-back-to-back home runs.
And that's the feat Terrence Dayleg, James Wooster and Josh Adams were able to pull off in the second inning of Greensboro's 6-2 win over Lakewood on Monday. Leading off the bottom of the second, Dayleg went yard. Then Wooster followed. Then Adams sealed it. One, two, three.
The bookends of the back-to-back-to-back Marlins' Class A affiliates' outburst came from the left side of the infield, with Dayleg playing shortstop and Adams at third. The two also happen to be roommates.
"[Dayleg and I] get along real well. You kind of have to," Adams joked. "He was the shortstop last year in [short-season] Jamestown and I played third, so it just kind of carried over."
Adams, a 13th-round pick in the 2011 Draft, said they were able to take advantage of Lakewood pitcher Colin Kleven trying to establish his fastball early on. Each of the three batters anticipated the pitch and put a good swing on it.
The mood around the team, he added, picked up noticeably after the three went deep.
"After hitting three in a row, everyone in the dugout is kind of on their feet. There's a lot of energy in the ballpark, the fans are louder," said Adams. "Hitting is pretty contagious, so the next couple of guys were able to get pitches to hit, and it helped us."
With Greensboro still relying on the second-inning homers in the bottom of the sixth for a 3-2 lead, Adams smacked his second longball of the evening. The two-run shot put the Grasshoppers up, 5-2.
After hitting .244 in 53 games last year for the Jammers in the New York-Penn League, Adams has flourished with his promotion to the South Atlantic League. The home runs were the University of Florida product's third and fourth in five games, and he's averaging .529 (9-for-17) for the young season with another double and six RBIs.
For the two roommates, hitting really has been contagious so far. After Dayleg finished the night 2-for-4, he's up to .429 (9-for-21) this year.
"It was pretty cool," Adams said. "The main thing was that all our hitters got good pitches to hit after [the three homers], and we just worked off of it. Everybody just tried to have good at-bats, and our pitchers were able to close the door."