Bard, who was coming off a perfect inning of work in his previous outing, came into Thursday night’s game against Rochester with men on second and third and no one out. He faced four batters and retired none of them: He hit the first batter he faced, then allowed a two-run double, hit another batter and then gave up an RBI single. He threw 20 pitches, just 8 for strikes, and also had two wild pitches.
His ERA since being sent down to Pawtucket after his failed conversion to starter is a whopping 8.78. In 13 1/3 innings, he has walked 10 and struck out 14.