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Stowers’ first career HR comes in clutch

Former Christian High star Kyle Stowers rounds the bases in the bottom of the ninth on Thursday night.





BALTIMORE – Baltimore Orioles rookie Kyle Stowers had the biggest moment of his major league career on Friday night and it came in the clutch.

And we mean really in the clutch.

After a dropped foul popup gave Stowers new life with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox, the former Christian High Patriots star lifted the next pitch on an 0-2 count off elite closer Liam Hendriks to deep center field for a game-tying solo home run. The Orioles went on to win the game in 11 innings, 4-3.

“I just knew I had another chance,” Stowers said. “That’s all you can ask for. It’s just funny how baseball works sometimes.”

It was the first home run of Stowers’ short career in the show.

“I kind of blacked out a little bit,” he said. “I just knew I was really excited. I haven’t necessarily been swinging it my best the last few days, so to have a moment like that was really special.”

Stowers made his MLB debut on June 13 against the Toronto Blue Jays. In two games, Stowers went 1-for-7, including an RBI in his first major league game but was returned Norfolk a couple of days later.

He was recalled for his return to the big leagues on Aug. 19 and he went 2-for-5 with a run scored against the Red Sox but was just 3-for-23 before his memory-making blast.

With the way the Orioles have been playing this season, Stowers fits right in with this surprising club making its best run at a postseason berth in six years.





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