Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/8/13
When Jose Iglesias had his average at a ridiculous .440 and Stephen Drew was struggling at .215 the question was put to the veteran shortstop: Are you worried about your job security? Now Stephen is a Drew and Drews are amiable and polite by nature as J.D. proved for five years in Boston. The younger Drew plays with more of an edge than his laconic brother however and at the mere suggestion someone else would take his at-bats a scowl creased his face. “As for that question . . .” he started with more than a hint of irritation. Then he composed himself. “He’s playing well. Good for him” Drew said of Iglesias. “I’ve got a track record. Eventually this little slump I’m in is going to be over and we’ll move past it.” It might have taken a while but Drew most definitely is making good on that prediction. With the Red Sox down to their final two outs and in danger of losing 2-of-3 to the lowly Astros last night Drew delivered in a big way blasting a go-ahead three-run homer to turn a 5-4 loss into a 7-5 victory. The Sox pulled out a series victory before heading to Kansas City to take on the red-hot Royals. “To have that kind of bat at shortstop in the bottom third of the order not only does it lengthen things out but he’s swinging with a lot of confidence right now against both lefties and righties” manager John Farrell said. Since the three-team trade that sent Iglesias to the Tigers and brought Jake Peavy to Boston Drew has been on fire. In those eight games he’s batting .464 with two homers and seven RBI. He was 2-for-4 last night to raise his average to a season-high .249 and since the All-Star break he has resembled the player the Red Sox believed they’d be getting for $9.5 million during the offseason. When Drew is going well he’s a line-drive hitter with legitimate power particularly for a shortstop. He also plays near-flawless defense and features an intensity that fits right in on these reborn Red Sox. “Early on with that concussion and stuff the first month 80 at-bats or whatever it was kind of my spring training” Drew said. “It was unfortunate. I’m feeling good right now. Hopefully I can keep it going and everybody else around me is putting good ABs together and getting on and that’s what this team has done all year.” Drew’s homer came off of former Sox farmhand Josh Fields who joined the Astros in the Rule 5 draft and had recorded an impressive save in the series opener. The homer scored Jonny Gomes and pinch-runner Drake Britton the left-handed pitcher who hadn’t run the bases since high school but was on for David Ortiz with the bench short following right fielder’s Shane Victorino’s ejection. “Just first and second got one out threw me a first-pitch changeup and having watched Jonny’s at-bat and having faced him yesterday I figured if I could get something up in the zone I could put a good swing on it” Drew said. “I got a curveball up. He left it out over I had a good swing and it worked out good for us.” Drew’s heroics helped the Red Sox to their sixth come-from-behind victory in their past seven wins. They won for the 18th time in their final at-bat. It’s a good thing Drew came through because starter Ryan Dempster once again needed to be taken off the hook. If and when Clay Buchholz returns to the rotation the Red Sox will have to bump a starter to the bullpen and Dempster’s not making their choice particularly difficult.
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