In his most recent outing, Zach Stewart showed flashes of the talent that has earned him high praise throughout his minor league career. Fresh off his best start of the season, in which he allowed just 3 hits to the New Britain Rock Cats while striking out 6 and walking only 1 over 8 shut out innings, Stewart had a tough time with the Yankees affiliate Trenton Thunder on Friday night in New Jersey's capital city.
Stewart, originally a 3rd round pick by the Reds in 2008, looked solid, striking out 4 batters, through the opening two frames against division rival Trenton. In the 3rd inning, however, Stewart hit a rough patch and surrendered 5 singles and 3 runs to the Thunder offense.
After working through a 5th inning bases loaded, no out jam, allowing just a sacrifice fly, Stewart's night was complete. The final line for the Texas Tech product was quite different from his previous outing...5 innings, 11 hits, 4 runs- all earned, 1 walk and 6 strike outs.
The end result on the night was a 7-6 loss for the Double A Fisher Cats and a no decision for Stewart, who left the game with a 5-4 lead.
After the contest, I spoke with the 6-foot-2-inch tall 205-pound Stewart, who was acquired from Cincinnati as part of the 2009 Scott Rolen trade, about his ups and downs, his potential to change roles as he advances toward higher levels, his pitches and plenty more. Check out the media player below to listen to the full interview.
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