The Boston Red Sox continued to prove they’re one of the best teams in MLB this season with a 7-5 victory over the recently hot Toronto Blue Jays. The win, their second in a row over Toronto, brings their record to 49-33, tops in the division and the entire American League.
It was a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning from Jonny Gomes that brought in the go-ahead run for Boston, but it was an early offensive flurry that really set the tone for the Red Sox. The catalyst for that flurry was shortstop Stephen Drew, who hit a two-RBI triple in the second inning that gave Boston a 2-0 lead.
Drew doubled in his next at-bat in the fourth inning but appeared to tweak his right hamstring as he slid into second base. In obvious discomfort, the Red Sox elected to take Drew out of the game by bringing in a pinch-runner. As of right now there is no diagnosis on the injury as it is just being called hamstring tightness for the time being.
In his first season with the Red Sox, Drew has been somewhat of a disappointment at the plate. On the season he is hitting just .233 with a .722 OPS and has just five home runs, 31 RBI and 27 runs to go along with an unpleasant 67 strikeouts.
However, over his last seven games Drew has seemed to really be on the verge of turning things around. He’s hitting .370 with a .414 OBP and has three RBI and six runs scored while knocking three triples, three doubles and only striking out four times.
Drew wasn’t brought into Boston to be superstar but to fill a hole that they had at shortstop. He hasn’t produced much this season, and it’s a shame to see him go down with an injury, even if it is minor, when he seemed to be getting into a groove. For his sake, hopefully he won’t miss a beat when he gets back into the lineup.