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Daniel Bard continued along the long and winding road to a sub-6.00 ERA this week, pitching three eighth innings, two of them scoreless. Though he has limited the scoring against him, he has been allowing too many baserunners to have full confidence restored.
Bard started the inning by walking Jeff Clement and Yamaico Navarro, but a visit from Coach Sauveur calmed him down enough to strike out Brandon Boggs and get Jose Morales to ground into a double play.
Daniel Bard struck out leadoff man Cole Garner and induced a fly out and ground out for a 1-2-3 inning, but only 8 of his 15 pitches were strikes.
Eduardo Nunez hit a one-out double, and Jack Cust reached first after striking out due to a passed ball by Ryan Lavarnway. Two pitches later, Lavarnway suffered another passed ball to allow Nunez to score. On the next pitch, Bard hit Ronnier Musteller to put runners on the corners. On an 0-1 count, Bard got Brandon Laird to ground into a double-play to earn his sixth hold.
Since the run was unearned, Bard’s ERA now sits at a wicked-low 6.17 through 23.1 innings. He has 24 strikeouts versus 17 walks.