Lowrie getting comfortable again

August, 1, 2010
BOSTON -- Jed Lowrie finally looks comfortable on the diamond.

After missing the first half of the season due to a bout of mononucleosis, Lowrie was activated on July 21 and has been a contributing factor, as the Red Sox are 6-3 in the games he’s since played. The switch-hitting infielder played second and batted eighth on Sunday in helping Boston to a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Lowrie had trouble defensively in the top of the ninth with a tough hop that allowed leadoff batter Will Rhymes to reach on a base hit that began the Tigers game-tying rally. But Lowrie led off the bottom of the inning with a single. He hit a hard grounder down the third-base line and hustled to beat out the throw. He was then lifted for pinch-runner Darnell McDonald, who later scored the game-winning run.

“It’s funny how the game presents opportunities,” Lowrie said. “In the top of the ninth, with the leadoff base hit, I felt like I could have made that play, and then I got an opportunity to get the bottom of the ninth going right away.”

Lowrie said he absolutely felt responsible for the Tigers’ comeback and was content he was able to make up for it.

“He's a good hitter,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “When he's healthy, he's always been a good hitter. We just haven't seen him healthy enough to be able to be productive. It's nice when he is. He has good at-bats.”

"He's going to swing at strikes,” added Francona. "He's a pretty professional hitter. I know he's younger, but that's never been an issue. He knows what he's doing when he's hitting."

It’s evident with his play that Lowrie is finally feeling comfortable.

“I feel good," Lowrie said. "Just going out there and playing every day and I’m doing whatever I can to help this team win right now. I feel like I have a professional approach to the game and I feel like I can do everything to help the team win. We’re playing baseball right now and we just need to keep it up.”

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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