Iglesias goes oppo with bat, flips out with glove

June 16th, 2016

CHICAGO -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wasn't totally shocked when No. 9 hitter Jose Iglesias homered on Wednesday against Chris Sale, one of the best pitchers in the game.

He was, however, intrigued by the nature of the homer, an opposite-field shot on a 1-2 fastball in the third inning of Detroit's 5-3 loss to the White Sox.

"I was a little bit surprised he took him out the other way," Ausmus said. "It was a good swing. Actually, at the time it was a big energy surge in the dugout."

The home run was only the eighth of Iglesias' career, and it was the first time Iglesias has gone deep to the opposite field. This season, Iglesias has two home runs -- coming against Sale and Nationals ace Max Scherzer.

Iglesias smiled at that notion, but the soft-spoken shortstop kept his thoughts on homering against two of baseball's best short and sweet.

"I don't know. I just try to compete every at-bat," Iglesias said. "Every at-bat is the same. Every at-bat matters. I take every at-bat like it's my last one."

What Iglesias might lack in boisterousness, he makes up with energy on the field. The home run extended Iglesias' hitting streak to 13 games, the longest by a Tigers player this season and the longest active streak in the Majors. It wasn't Iglesias' only highlight.

In the first inning, he charged a slow-hit grounder, scooping it with his glove and using the glove to make a backward flip to Ian Kinsler at second base as his momentum carried him away for the bag.

"We work on that every day," Kinsler said. "I was expecting it."

Iglesias' energy and glovework won't catch anyone off guard, but Ausmus wasn't the only one surprised with the sudden display of opposite field power.

Was Iglesias stunned when the ball went out?

"A little bit," he said.