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the Detroit The tigers needed great success, and it was Christin Stewart who once again arrived on Saturday afternoon.
Stewart, the rookie outfielder who hit a home run on Opening Day in Toronto, accomplished the feat again, throwing a grand slam right into the foul post in right field for a 7-4 victory over the Royals.
The Tigers have won four consecutive games.
Stewart's blow culminated in a seventh inning of five runs for the Tigers, who once again succeeded against the bullpen of the Royals. In the seventh, Jordy Mercer started with a single followed by Josh Harrison drawing a ride. Nicholas Castellanos singled to Mercer at home before Miguel Cabrera threw his third hit, almost scoring Harrison to tie the game.
Tigers left fielder Christin Stewart watches his grand slam clear the garden wall during the seventh inning on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Comerica Park. In the background is Nicolás Castellanos raising his arms as a sign of celebration. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP)
The decision by third base coach Dave Clark to send Harrison, which grew larger as the inning progressed, was ignored by two batters later, when Stewart hit his second homer of the season.
Left-hander Matt Moore started strong, but left the game with a sprained right knee after three innings. He was relieved by Daniel Norris, who allowed three runs, two individual homers, in more than three innings.
The Royals led by two runs before the five Tigers, and Shane Greene made his sixth save of the season.
Here are three observations of the Tigers victory over Kansas City:
Breaking a depression
The fall of Stewart at the beginning of the season was not affected in the homer, but in tickets before. On his first at-bat, he took a walk. In his second, he threw a pitch inside three defenders on the left field line. Later came the big bang, a big shot just outside the foul post in right field. Stewart has two of the Tigers' three homers this season.
For the second time in a row, Moore came out of the doors. He retired the first eight Royals he faced, but with two outs in the third, he pinched his knee as he left the mound to receive Speedster comebacker Billy Hamilton. Moore hurriedly made the play, but threw the ball and pulled the next batter before heading immediately through the tunnel in the Tigers' booth. After the game, the Tigers placed Moore on the 10-day disabled list with a right knee sprain.
With temperatures in the mid-60s in downtown Detroit, the Tigers offense showed real signs of warm-up for the first time this season. They were driven by the big bats (Castellanos and Cabrera had three hits each) and attracted five walks. His seven runs and 10 hits were the most this season, and they threatened (and scored) easily against the pitching staff below the Kansas City average. The Tigers put the ball in play, striking only three times.
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