The Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays 5-1 Sunday afternoon, and it's no question where this one came from: Daniel Bard.
Bard would set the tone for his incredibly short outing with the first batter of the day, falling behind 3-0 and ultimately surrendering a five-pitch walk. With the second batter nearly a carbon copy of the first, Bard had two men on with Jose Bautista coming to the plate. Once again Bard fell behind, but this time rather than give up the walk, he gave up the meatball down the middle of the plate.
Jose Bautista is pretty good with those.
The ball left the park, and the Jays were up 3-0 in a hurry. While Bard would manage to escape that inning after another walk, a double play, and a very long fly ball that nearly made it 4-0, he went right back to walking batters in the second, and somehow managed to let two more runs come in without giving up a hit--aside from the two batters he hit on the hands.
Frankly, that's really all that happened in the game. Franklin Morales, Scott Atchison, and Rich Hill did well in relief to keep the Sox alive, but Drew Hutchison wasn't about to let them back into the game. A very disappointing offensive performance saw the Sox taking ill-advised swings against the inexperienced starter, with only Kelly Shoppach providing any real offense with a home run in the fifth.
It was a game that was over after all of two innings. The rest was just paperwork.
|Final - 6.3.2012||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Boston Red Sox||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||6||1|
|Toronto Blue Jays||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||X||5||6||0|
|WP: Drew Hutchison (5 - 2)
LP: Daniel Bard (5 - 6)