McGair On Toucher & Rich: Bard’s Velocity ‘A Little Bit Better’

July 3, 2012 12:00 AM
McGair On Toucher & Rich: Bard’s Velocity ‘A Little Bit Better’
" It’s been almost a months since Daniel Bard was sent down to Pawtucket and the now-reliever is slowly starting to look better. Bard threw back-to-back games Sunday and Monday –the first time he’s done so in the minors — and felt like things have started to click.

Johnston & Flynn (in for Toucher & Rich this week) spoke with Pawtucket Times sports writer Brendan McGair Tuesday morning about Bard’s recent outings.

“I think his velocity is a little bit better from where he was at the beginning of the season as a starting pitcher,” said McGrair. “Last night, the first two pitches were 94 MPH fastballs, and he got up to about 95.”

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Bard entered Monday night’s game against Rochester in the seventh inning with the game tied 1-1, and needed just 10 pitches to get three ground ball outs en route to picking up his first win with Pawtucket. This came after two of his worst performances in the minors, combining for 1 1/3 innings with five walks, a wild pitch, a hit batter, and a blown save "

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