Christin Stewart hasn’t had too many hits in his first full season with the Tigers, but they all seem to be big ones. The power-hitting left-fielder was well seasoned by his minor league tenure however, and we’ve been very confident that there would be plenty of dynamite mixed in with some rookie struggles at the plate.
All we can say, is that when he comes though, he comes through in a big way.
Stewart’s first homer of the year was a game-winner in the 10th inning against Toronto on Opening Day. The second came on Saturday as Daniel Norris and Victor Alcantara lost an early Tigers lead. After hard singles from Nick Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera closed the score to 4-3 Royals, Stewart came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning and didn’t miss this Wily Peralta hanging changeup.
It was tough to see on the broadcast, but the homer appeared to clang off the top of the foul pole, rebounding into the box seats along the right field line. Stewart wanted that ball, and negotiations ensued to insure that he got it back for what will likely be an extensive collection by the time he’s through.