Detroit — Two nights in the big leagues. Two hits.
And, not to be dismissed, two walks.
Christin Stewart came to the Tigers for his September unveiling with a reputation for two high-end skills.
He hits home runs (93 in four minor-league seasons). And he takes walks (236), which factored mightily in that .363 on-base percentage he racked up during his summers on the Tigers farm.
Stewart had a double Monday for his first big-league hit, against Justin Verlander no less, then walked his first two times Tuesday. In his fourth at-bat, he got ahead of Astros reliever Hector Rondon 2-0 and then sizzled a single up the middle, one of two hits the Tigers got against Astros relievers over the final five innings.
"He left a slider up and I put a swing on it," said Stewart, who has looked relaxed at the plate, and in left field, which was where he figured to have a challenge or two, thanks to Comerica's square mileage.
Stewart has an eye reminiscent of former Tigers strike-zone specialist Alex Avila. It can lead to some of those 3-0, 2-0 counts to which he was treated Tuesday.
"Still got to be selective up there," Stewart said. "But I'm feeling relaxed."
Even to a point of enjoying what can be a tense time for rookies.
"Got to keep the little boy in me," Stewart said. "I'm having fun."