Friday, March 8, 2013

Bard Dominant In Sox 12-5 Win Over Twinkies

AP Photo/David Goldman
Can the Mayor's Cup be far behind? The Red Sox pummeled the Twins 12-5 yesterday, but that was not the most important result of the day. Rather, it was the return to form of Daniel Bard, who struck out the side in his one inning of work. It was a 1-2-3 frame where Bard's fastball was back in the mid- to upper-nineties range. After his gang intervention the other day, it was probably good for Bard to just pitch. He did just that and was encouraged by the results, "I don't know what my velocity was, but it felt as good as it's felt in a long time coming out. There was finish on the ball. It had some late life to it. [I got] some late swings. It's a good feeling to get those reactions." John Farrell chimed in, "Very encouraging. He's taken the work that he's done on the side and in the [simulated] game into today. He stayed behind a lot of fastballs. There was improved command, improved velocity. It was a very good day for him." Bard's renaissance would have a massive impact on the Red Sox 'pen.