Brock Holt was all over the Red Sox 4-0 win over the Rays Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Playing his first professional game at first base, Holt went 4-for-4 with four doubles, a walk, a stolen base, a run scored, and two RBI. He had four of the Sox seven hits in the game, and matched his career high in hits for the second time and recorded multiple extra-base hits for the first time.
Holt, who is batting .337 with a .385 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage, has reached base in 11 of his last 13 games, batting .375, going 21-for-56 with multiple hits in seven of those 13 games.
He is the first major leaguer with four doubles in a game since Victor Martinez on June 1, 2010, while with the Sox against the A’s. Holt is the first rookie to do so since Adam LaRoche in 2004, and just the sixth Sox batter since 1914.
“Confidence is a big part of this game,” Holt said. “Confidence and comfort. Those are two things that I’m feeling a lot of right now. So just try to keep it going and keep winning games.”
Holt has been a big part of the Sox seven-game winning streak. He’s played in all seven, batting .375, going 12-for32, with a 1.085 OPS, six doubles, a home run, six runs scored and five RBI.
His performance has manager John Farrell looking for ways to keep Holt in the lineup – which is how Holt’s name was in the lineup play first base on Sunday. It was the first time he’s played the position at any level, even Little League. But his bat is too hot to leave him out of the lineup.
And with Stephen Drew expected to be called up on Monday, Farrell will continue to be creative with Holt. Although he had an error at first on Sunday, with both Mike Carp and Mike Napoli on the disabled list, Holt could see more time at first. He’s also been getting pregame work in the outfield.
“He’s doing a great job,” Farrell said of Holt. “He’s solidified the leadoff spot. Trying to find ways with defensive flexibility to keep him on the field. He stays inside some pitches to go the other way, he uses the whole field. He’s driving the ball with a little bit more authority this year than a year ago and is playing with a lot of confidence. First time he’s ever played first base today and you know what, he did a good job.”
“Just trying to get into a good position to hit,” Holt said. “Allowing me to see the ball a little earlier, a little longer, and trying to put a good swing on the ball. I’ve been able to barrel some balls up and hit some balls hard. Luck’s been on my side a little bit as well. So, right now things are going well and hopefully we can just keep that going.”
Holt’s teammates appreciate what he is doing.
“He’s a baseball player,’’ said Dustin Pedroia. “He shows up to the park ready to win. It doesn’t matter, you could throw him anywhere, he’ll have great at-bats, play the game right, he’s a winning player.
“Just getting to know him the last couple of years, the way he thinks about the game, his approach to it, he’s putting on a show. So it’s nice.’’