PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- It was another tough outing for reliever Daniel Bard.
The right-hander entered Tuesday’s game against the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees at McCoy Stadium with a four-run lead, but allowed two runs with four walks and one strikeout and faced only five batters. He walked the final two batters he faced on eight consecutive balls. He tossed a total of 27 pitches, 10 for strikes before PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler removed Bard with one out and the bases loaded.
Pawtucket finished with a 9-7 win as Will Inman collected his sixth save of the season.
Bard appeared upset when he was removed from the game and left the ballpark soon after the PawSox secured the win.
“Well, he’s close,” Beyeler said. “The plane is better and the arm slot is getting a little more consistent. Things are close.
“He throws some good pitches but it seems like he’s always behind in the count and we’re always 3-2 to where we’ve got to make a pitch. When you’re missing when you have to make a pitch, they’re not going to give you anything. When we don’t establish strike 1 and strike 2, we go 3-2 and now you need a close pitch and you don’t get it.
“He’s doing a much better job. The ball’s around the zone and his slider is more consistent. Again, we’re real close, just need to work on the consistency.”
It was Bard’s 27th appearance of the season for Pawtucket. He’s 2-1 with a 7.71 ERA.