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Adames, Wheeler bash for Isotopes

No. 19 Rockies prospect, designated hitter both tee off two times
April 22, 2015

Last week, Cristhian Adames got out of his own head. Now, he may be getting into pitchers' heads.

"The first week of the season, I was thinking too much about starting strong, having a good start," he said. "After a few games, it wasn't working, so I knew I just had to hit the ball and play the game hard.'

The Rockies' No. 19 prospect belted two long balls in Triple-A Albuquerque's 8-6 win at Tacoma on Tuesday to log his seventh multi-hit performance over his last eight games. Designated hitter Tim Wheeler also went yard twice -- a grand slam and a solo shot.

The two-homer night was the second of Adames' career -- he did it June 12, 2011 with Class A Asheville -- and were his first two roundtrippers of the year. Through April 13, the 23-year-old shortstop was batting .235. Since then, he's gone 15-for-34 to raise his 2015 average to .373.

Known predominantly for his defense strengths, Adames batted .288 across Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs last season and was 1-for-15 (.067) in seven big-league games.

"Right now, I feel better about my hitting," he said. "I'm more comfortable at the plate than I have been in the years before, so right now, I feel like I can hit in any game."

He started Tuesday by working a walk off of Rainiers starter Sam Gaviglio (1-1) and crossed the plate on Wheeler's slam to right field.

"This is a great team here and we like to win games," Adames said. "Everybody here is happy and plays the game the right way."

Facing Gaviglio again in the third, Adames popped a 1-1 changeup over the fence in right.

"I didn't hit it so well," he said. "On the first [homer], I was surprised [that it went out], but on the second one, I knew it would go out."

That no-doubter came with two outs against Forrest Snow in the seventh. Wheeler blasted a homer to center off the right-hander the previous inning.

"I don't go to the plate thinking I'm going to hit a home run," Adames said. "I just try to hit line drives, so when I made that good contact and I saw that ball flying, I knew I hit the ball out."

The switch-hitting Dominican Republic native believes he knows what he has to do to stay hot.

"Right now, I just want to play the game hard," he said. "I know when I play the game hard, good things are going to happen."

The Isotopes' Brandon Barnes went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.

Mariners farmhand Stefen Romero homered and plated three for the Rainiers.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com.