Stephen Drew on two home run day: ‘It’s a good feeling’
|07.06.14 at 12:01 am ET|
Entering Saturday’s doubleheader against the Orioles, Stephen Drew was hitting just .136 with no homers and two RBI in 19 games this season. Following a two home run day between the two games of the doubleheader, the shortstop raised his average 15 points and took a big step in getting his offense back into gear after missing roughly the first two months of the season.
“It sure does,” manager John Farrell said of Drew’s day helping his confidence. “He’s been working at some things, trying to get some timing. Jumps in mid-stream — a difficult challenge to face. Good to see him get a couple of balls that he squares up to the pull side. It’s not been a lack of work, it’s not been a lack of effort by any means. Good to see him be in the mix here tonight and today.”
Drew took Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez into the Orioles bullpen in the second inning of Game 1, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead at the time. His second homer of the day, coming in the fourth inning of Game 2 off Ubaldo Jimenez, sparked a four-run fourth inning for the Sox, as following a Mike Napoli walk to open the inning, Drew smashed one over the wall in right for a two-run shot.
Prior to Saturday, Drew’s last home run came in Game 6 of the World Series at Fenway Park and his last regular season home run was Sept. 19, 2013, also coming against the Orioles. The last Red Sox player to homer in both ends of a doubleheader was Jacoby Ellsbury twice in 2011 (Aug. 18 vs. Tampa Bay, Sept. 25 vs. Yankees).
“It’s good. Like I said, just it’s a work in progress and I am putting some good swings on pitches and I’m getting some results,” Drew said. “It’s a good feeling.”
After sitting out the first two months of the season not being signed by any team as a free agent and just 21 at-bats in the minors before joining the Red Sox, Drew knew it would take some time to get things going. After his play on Saturday, Drew feels like things are going in the right direction.
“Like I told you guys before, not being in this position before I knew it was going to be different going in not having a spring training,” he said. “Not making excuses, it’s definitely coming along and I am putting some good AB’s together. Hopefully this will start clicking shortly.”
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