Bard brings triple digits
Red Sox rookie Daniel Bard hit 100-mph in college. He did so at just about all of his stops in the Minor Leagues. He was even clocked at 101 for the Sox in Spring Training during an outing against the Marlins.
On Tuesday night, Bard hit triple digits for the first time as a Major Leaguer, working a scoreless ninth inning in the Red Sox’s 7-0 win over the Yankees.
“I’ve peeked at [the radar readings] a couple times,” said Bard. “I kind of use it to get a gauge of
where I’m at that day. I think here is one of the more accurate in
terms of consistency.
Bard’s first 100-mph offering was a ball to Alex Rodriguez, though he wound up getting A-Rod on a grounder to second. In the second to last pitch of the game, Bard again hit 100 against Robinson Cano. The second baseman did get a piece of it, fouling it off.
“I reared back on that one. It was pretty much all I’ve got,so I kind of wanted to see where I was at,” said Bard.
The righty is also enthused by the improvement of his slider, after altering his grip recently. That was the pitch on which he struck Cano out to end the game.
“I was finally able to bury one,” said Bard. “I’ve thrown some good ones, especially since I switched to that new grip. That was the first one I really buried.”
Though Bard has yet to be used in a pressure situation by manager Terry Francona, he continues to dazzle. Over 11 innings, Bard has an 0.82 ERA. This was the first time he’s pitched the ninth inning.
“It’s a good situation to get him in, let him get his feet wet,” Francona said. “He threw the ball well. You can’t always pick the situations but tonight we could and I think it was good for him. He’s done everything we’ve asked. He keeps his eyes open, he listens to [pitching coach] John [Farrell]. He’s trying to learn while he’s competing and he’s done a good job.”
– Ian Browne