Drew's hot hitting comes at right time for Sox

Drew's hot hitting comes at right time for Sox
August 8, 2013, 4:30 am
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HOUSTON – Shortstop Stephen Drew is riding an eight game hitting streak in which he is batting .464, going 13-for-28 with a double, a home run, seven RBI, and nine walks. That streak just happens to coincide with the first game after Jose Iglesias was sent to the Tigers in a three-team deal that brought right-hander Jake Peavy to the Red Sox.
 
“Well, probably even a little bit before then,” manager John Farrell of Drew's hot streak. “He was starting to get in the flow of things after he came back and got some at base  underneath his belt after the DL stint [for a right hamstring strain, from June 29 – July 20], after the All-Star break. To have that kind of bat at shortstop in the bottom third of the order, not only does it lengthen things, but he’s swinging with a lot of confidence right now against  both lefties and righties.”
 
On Wednesday night, his three-run, ninth-inning home run was the difference in a 7-5 victory over the Astros.
 
“I just figured if I could get something up, “ Drew said. “I could put a pretty good swing on it. He left a curveball up, I got a good swing, and it worked out good for us.

“This team has done it all year. Everybody has fun and everybody knows their roles," Drew said. "Everybody has been clutch in late innings, and that's what good teams do. Hopefully, we can keep it going.”
 
Overall, Drew is batting .249 with a .339 on-base percentage and .439 slugging percentage. In 17 games since the All-Star break, he is batting .302, with four home runs, three doubles, 13 RBI, 12 walks, and 19 strikeouts.