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BOSTON (CBS) – Things are going from bad to worse for Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard.
Bard faced four batters Thursday night for the Pawtucket Red Sox, hitting two, throwing two wild pitches, and allowing three runs without recording an out in the fifth inning against the Rochester Red Wings.
Bard entered with runners on second and third with no outs, and started his night by plunking the first batter he faced. He then gave up a two-run double, hit another batter, and allowed two more runs on two wild pitches. Bard finished his night by surrendering an RBI single to give Rochester a 6-1 lead.
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The Red Wings scored all six of their runs in the fifth, with Bard on the mound for five of them. He threw just eight of his 20 pitches for strikes.
Bard also threw a pitch so high it tipped off the Ryan Lavarnway’s mitt and caught home plate umpire Adam Hamari.
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It has not been easy for Bard since being sent down to Boston’s Triple-A affiliate, followed by making the conversion back to being a reliever. In 13.1 innings of work, Bard has now hit six batters and thrown as many wild pitches. He has also issued 10 walks and has an ERA of 8.78.