It was another poor day for Daniel Bard
on the mound, and another loss for the Red Sox
, who fell to the Blue Jays
6-5 on a walkoff single to send the Sox to .500 on the spring.
In need of a strong outing, Daniel Bard just couldn't put everything together Sunday. After a clean first, Bard ceded a home run to Adam Lind
on a slider that caught too much of the plate in the second. Despite giving up runs in the third and fourth as well, he could have left with a decent line were it not for the sixth. Hitting Jose Bautista
and walking Adam Lind, Bard could hardly afford the hard-hit ground ball double he allowed down the line in left. One run would score immediately, with a second to follow on a ground out.
If it were an isolated incident, Bard's outing--five earned runs in six innings--could be written off easily enough. There were some fairly weak hits, and it could easily have been a better night for Bard, especially should he prove capable of erasing some of the late-inning wildness with increased experience as a starter. Unfortunately, however, Bard still really hasn't proven that his changeup can be a reliable third option, or that he can maintain his control and command as a starter. With the season just about a start away, he doesn't have much time left before these outings start counting, either.
While it was hardly Bard's night, the rest of the Sox had a pretty decent outing. Mike Aviles
was especially effective, providing two doubles and a single, taking part in three of Boston's runs on the night. Darnell McDonald
and Jacoby Ellsbury
added triples to the cause, while Ryan Lavarnway's
3-for-5 night leaves his OPS over 1.000 on the spring.
All this was enough to bring the Sox back into a tie with the Jays at 5-5--a tie which was held by Scott Atchison
, Andrew Bailey
, and Justin Thomas
through the end of the ninth. Doug Mathis
, however, would not be able to hold on. With the Jays loading the bases on a pair of walks and a bunt in the tenth, Ricardo Nanita's
fly ball single was enough to put an end to the game at 6-5.