On May 1, the utility man matched the latter total, earning three straight free passes in a 5-3 loss to the Athletics. With that appearance, he elevated his on-base percentage from .269 to .333.
And the slight jump in results wasn't by accident. Before the game against Oakland, Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan made a mechanical adjustment to Punto's approach at the plate.
"To put [the change] in easy terms –– I think I had too much of a forward lean," Punto said. "So I just stood up a little taller."
It may be a minute adjustment, but it's one that Punto is wholeheartedly embracing after hitting .182 in 11 April games with seven strikeouts.
"I feel really good at the plate and I feel I'm seeing the ball really well," Punto said. "It made a huge difference for me [Wednesday]. Hopefully, I can continue that."
Punto has tallied three RBIs this season.
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