With all the hype about the return of Stephen Drew, another Red Sox infielder wanted to make sure he wasn’t forgotten.
No, it wasn't Xander Bogaerts, and no, it wasn't Will Middlebrooks (he's still on the 15-day DL).
Brock Holt, the 25-year-old who will most likely be sent down to Pawtucket once Drew is deemed ready for Major League action, has filled in admirably when given the chance in Boston this year, and in the first inning on Tuesday made two plays that highlight what the Red Sox hope their defense will be once Drew returns.
The first batter of the game, Jose Reyes, hit a bullet down the line that looked destined for the left field corner. But Holt showed off his hot corner skills, diving to his left to snare the ball, then fired to first to nail the speedy Reyes for the first out of the inning.
A few minutes later, it was Holt again, this time with two outs and runner on first. Edwin Encarnacion hit a grounder that just stayed fair past third and Holt made a slick backhand on the ball that was almost out of the infield. He quickly got up and threw a dart to Mike Napoli for the final out of the inning.
Check out the play from Holt on Encarnacion’s grounder in this GIF by Boston.com's Austin Tedesco.