Iglesias continues to swing a hot bat

Iglesias continues to swing a hot bat
June 14, 2013, 11:15 pm
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BALTIMORE -- On a night in which the Red Sox could get very little going offensively, Jose Iglesias continued to find a way to get on base.    

Limited to just three hits by starter Chris Tillman and three relievers, the Sox were shutout for the fourth time this season, 2-0.    

Two of those three hits came from Iglesias, who extended his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest current streak in the big leagues.    

In the second inning, Iglesias lined hard to Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado, who reached up and gloved the ball. Two innings later, Iglesias dropped a nice bunt toward third and reached safely.    

Finally, Iglesias drove a leadoff double to right, but was left stranded in scoring position.    

Perhaps the only surprise of the night came in the ninth when Iglesias came to the plate with one one and one out and proceeded to bounce into a game-ending double-play.    

"He's been swinging the bat well throughtout the entire time he's come back to us,'' said manager John Farrell. "He got a sinker around the plate and it ended up being a ground ball double play.''    

"I'm just trying to put a good swing on the ball (every time) and help this team win some ballgames,'' said Iglesias. "It's good to have my confidence back.''    

In the 15-game streak, Iglesias has multiple hits in nine of them. Presumably, that's making it more difficult for John Farrell to keep Iglesias on the bench, even as he gets playing time occasionally at both third base and shortstop.    

"That's John's decision,'' said Iglesias. "I tried to do my job tonight and get ready for tomorrow. If I'm in the lineup, I'm going to give 100 percent again.''