Josh Reddick making strides
June, 22, 2011
By Steven Krasner | ESPNBoston.com
Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesJosh Reddick makes a diving catch against the Padres at Fenway on Tuesday night.
BOSTON -- Before Tuesday night’s game against the Padres, Red Sox manager Terry Francona mentioned that he is seeing improvements in young outfielder Josh Reddick, who has been riding the shuttle between Boston and Pawtucket.
“He’s maturing,” said Francona. “He’s a little streaky with his plate discipline but he’s getting there. When he swings at strikes, he’s got a little thunder in his bat.”
On Tuesday night, Reddick started in left field and he showed the thunder at the plate.
Reddick pulled a triple into the right-field corner in the third inning and smoked a double to center in the fourth. Not that his offensive night was perfect. He popped up and grounded out with runners on base in his final two at-bats.
But defensively, Reddick made a highlight-reel diving catch going to his right, robbing Jason Bartlett of a hit in the sixth.
Reddick now is batting .429 (9 for 21) in Boston this year.
“I’m just getting good pitches and swinging at them and luckily not missing most of the time, so it works out for me,” said Reddick.
Reddick, 24, has been finding a way to stay consistent at the plate despite not getting much playing time.
“The main thing for me is just sticking to my routine, whether I’m playing or not, going out there and getting in the cage early and taking the same swings in BP that I would whether I was playing or I wasn’t playing. That’s something I haven’t stuck with [earlier] in my career, and it seems to be showing a lot better results this year when I’m sticking with it,” he said.