Holt was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a couple of nifty plays at third base in Boston's 8-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night in his 2014 debut with the Sox. He had been recalled earlier in the day after continuing his hot play at Triple-A Pawtucket but did not arrive at the park until a couple hours before first pitch.
"We got back to Pawtucket about 3 this morning, so we had a late arrival to the field," said Holt, who hit .380 with eight extra-base hits in 12 games for the PawSox. "I didn't find out until about 2 [p.m.] when I was there, had to go to Pawtucket to pack my stuff and then come here. Got stuck in some traffic and made it here."
That was just part of a busy day.
The very first pitch of the game was smacked down the left-field line by Baltimore's Nick Markakis and landed on the line, or thereabouts. Holt, starting at third base, had one of the best angles on the play and let his opinion be known to help the Sox put forth a challenge.
"I was right there. I personally thought it was foul, but they went and took a look at it and still called it fair, so it must have got some chalk down there on the line. From my angle, I saw it hit dirt. I didn't see any chalk fly up. They took a second look at it, so it must have been fair."
An inning later, Holt's first at-bat came with the bases loaded. He struck out.
"That was a bummer, that first at-bat. Got to put the ball in play, get that guy in from third. Felt good to come through that second at-bat."
That second at-bat came in the fourth, a 10-pitch battle with Orioles starter Chris Tillman that resulted in an RBI single to center to plate Boston's first run.
"He did what we had hoped he would and that's give us a spark in the bottom third of that order," manager John Farrell said of Holt, who found himself in the midst of another replay controversy in the eighth.
Holt led off that frame with a slow roller to second base. He was ruled out at first but Farrell was quick to pounce on first-base umpire Mark Carlson, who got together with his colleagues for an umpires review.
The call was reversed, giving the Sox a little life as they tried to rally from what was then a three-run deficit.
"I feel like I was safe," Holt said. "I felt my foot hit the bag before I heard the ball hit glove, so I'm glad that John came out there and they reviewed that because that's a big play to get the leadoff guy on and get something going there."
All part of a busy day and night for Boston's latest addition.
"To be able to come up here and get the first line on my belt is a good feeling."