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Daniel Bard took a definite step back in his three outings this week. Bard allowed eight runs in 2.1 innings and walked eight.
Bard entered the game with in the eighth with the score tied at two. Brian Dinkelman led off with a single and Chris Parmelee walked before Bard struck out Trevor Plouffe swinging on three pitches. Clete Thomas singled to drive in Dinkelman and give Rochester the 3-2 lead. On the next pitch, Bard hit Evan Bigley to load the bases and Wilkin Ramirez singled to plate Parmelee. Daniel struck out Rene Rivera to end the inning but took his first loss of the year.
This time, Bard inherited a four-run lead but did his best to give it up. Kosuke Fukudome and Darnell McDonald walked before Ramiro Pena struck out. Eight consecutive balls later, Fukudome scored and the tying run was on base with the go-ahead run at the plate. Bard was promptly replaced by Will Inman, who allowed McDonald to score on a sacrifice fly.
Bard entered the game in the seventh and was sarcastically greeted with “Wild Thing” by The Troggs playing over the PA system. As if on cue, Bard’s first warmup pitch sailed high over the outstretched glove of catcher Dan Butler. Bard then walked leadoff batter Chris Dickerson. On the next pitch, Corban Joseph hit a grounder back to the mound that Bard bobbled and then threw into the dirt to put runners on first and second with nobody out. After Eduardo Nunez popped out, Bard drilled Brandon Laird on what would have been ball four anyway. Austin Romine walked to load the bases, and out came Pitching Coach Rich Sauveur.
Thus re-encouraged, Bard induced Darnell McDonald to ground to shortstop, only to have Jose Iglesias fumble it on the transfer. Melky Mesa doubled to drive in Russo and Romine, and Kosuke Fukudome mercifully grounded out to end the inning. Due to Iglesias’ error, all three runs were unearned.
Bard’s ERA now sits at 7.45 through 28 appearances. He has walked 29 and struck out 30 over 29 innings.