The first game of the Tigers’ 2019 campaign took a while to get underway. Opening Day ceremonies delayed the first pitch for a half hour and had everyone antsy. However, starters Jordan Zimmermann and Marcus Stroman helped make up for lost time by quickly roaring through the opposing lineup. In fact, Zimmermann took a perfecto into the seventh, and needed only 70 pitches before Ron Gardenhire defused our Maddux watch by turning to the pen.
And still, no offense.
When the game finally entered extra innings, we all had visions of a walkoff loss. Fortunately, Christin Stewart had other ideas. After Niko Goodrum doubled to right, Stewart took this 1-1 pitch DEEP to right field to put the Tigers up 2-0. Shane Greene locked down the save, and Stewart comes out the hero. Enjoy.
Christin Stewart comes up clutch! The #Tigers' No. 8 prospect ripped this 2-run homer in the top of the 10th inning of a 0-0 game. Here's a look at how prospects are performing on #OpeningDay: https://t.co/SjUDSIloUD pic.twitter.com/ItyJ3gUd95— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 28, 2019
[B9-0o]— Home Run Tracker (@DingerTracker) March 28, 2019
Christin Stewart homers (1): fly ball to RCF (2-run)
Exit velocity: 109mph
Angle: 26° pic.twitter.com/SopBsLDjQC
We’re all quite confident you’re going to see a lot of this from Stewart this season. He, Miguel Cabrera, and Nick Castellanos could give this lineup the thump it lacked last year.