Stephen Drew had a rather vanilla return to the Red Sox lineup on Monday, a game in which the Sox fell 3-2 to the Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, going 0-for-2 with a walk in three plate appearances, while performing in the field as the Red Sox hoped he would when they signed him on May 21.
Since resigning with the Sox, Drew played three games with Single-A Grenville and four with Triple-A Pawtucket. He was officially recalled to Boston on Monday after Mikw Carp was placed on the 15-day DL.
Drew’s first chance in the field saw the old double play unit back together, as he took a ground ball in the second and started a 6-4-3 double play to end the bottom of the second.
He turned an impressive 6-3 double play in the bottom of the fifth, grabbing an Asdrubal Cabrera grounder, sprinted to second to force out Michael Bourn, then fired to first on the run to nail Cabrera and end the inning.
A curious play happened in the bottom of the seventh, when Mike Aviles tried to steal second and A.J. Pierzynski’s throw beat him easily to second base. But Stephen Drew’s tag appeared to miss Aviles’ leg, prompting an unsuccessful challenge from John Farrell; see the play here in a GIF produced by Boston.com’s Austin Tedesco:
Drew made up for it by grabbing a Bourn grounder on the next play, throwing him out to end the inning. All in all, Drew was a part of three Red Sox defensive double plays on the night.
He finished the night without a hit, reaching base once in the second inning on a walk. In his next two at bats, he struck out to end the fourth inning and grounded out to end the seventh. Drew was on deck as Grady Sizemore popped out for the final out of the ballgame.