Last night, a Red Sox shortstop had a day: Three hits, two
home runs and five runs batted in.
The last time a Boston shortstop did that was 2002, when
Nomar Garciaparra did the trick. Stephen Drew did it last night against the
Orioles at Camden Yards.
This is me, eating crow.
In this space, just hours before the Sox took the field in
Baltimore for the second of a three-game tilt against the O’s, I bemoaned the
lack of offense the Red Sox had shown in the previous four games.
The Sox had been shut out in three of those four games, I
said. General Manager Ben Cherington has been searching for pitching help ahead
of the trade deadline, but he should also be on the lookout for a bat, I said.
Drew is “terrible,” I said.
For one game, at least, the Younger Brother of J.D. was
anything but. And the Red Sox offense returned as the boys in red beat the
Outfielder Shane Victorino also added a homer for the Sox,
and starter Ryan Dempster got the win.
Aside from David Ortiz beating the hell out of a phone in
the visitor’s dugout, an act that seemingly endangered the life of newly minted
$110 million man Dustin Pedroia, the game was a welcome return to form for the