Bard: 'I was a little bewildered'


Bard: 'I was a little bewildered'

BOSTON It was an outing that left Daniel Bard bewildered. Losing to the American Leagues worst offense, thats easy to understand.Bard went 5 13 innings, giving up four runs, tying a season high with eight hits allowed, two walks, a season-low one strikeout, and a hit batter. He threw 101 pitches, 60 for strikes, raising his ERA from 3.72 to 4.38.Although he limited the As to just one over the first five innings, Bard struggled throughout. After the second inning, Bard went to three-ball counts seven times.Just had a hard time putting guys away, said Bard, whose record fell to 2-3, while the Red Sox fell to 11-13. I felt like, especially early in the game, I was getting to 0-2 and 1-2 counts and I would make those pitches on the edge of the zone and for whatever reason just wasnt getting chases and they were fouling off and they kid of worked till I left something over the plate.Thats kind of what happened later in the game, but I was a little bewildered coming out, looking at how I felt and the results. I felt really good, and I think the one thing that could have been really better was establishing a breaking ball a little more.The As saved their major damage against Bard for the sixth inning. Bard faced six Oakland batters, recording just one out.Josh Reddick led off with a single to left-center before Yoenis Cespedes flied out to Marlon Byrd in center. Seth Smith doubled in Reddick on a ball that twisted Cody Ross around in left. Kila Ka'aihue doubled in Smith, and Bard hit Kurt Suzuki on the left hand with a 93-mph fastball. Brandon Inge doubled in Kaaihue, ending Bards outing.Bards bewilderment was obvious as he attempted to explain the inning.I cant even remember how it started, he said. I know there was Smiths pop-up to left and thats just something you have to work with. Any left fielder will tell you thats a tough spot to play out there. Just tried to work around it. Again, got myself into some good counts with the hitters after that, got an out. Then I dont remember how it went. I know I gave up a run on that but youre just trying to, at that point, limit the damage and like I said got to two strikes with the next couple guys and left a pitch kind of over the middle to Inge after he lays off a couple of good breaking balls. And got ahead on Suzuki the next guy and end up hitting him.So, got to the situations where I had a chance to really limit the damage to two runs there and just wasnt able to do it.Bard has not been helped by his offense. It was the second time in his four starts this season the Sox have not scored while he has been in the game, and he has received one run or fewer in three of his four outings.I thought he pitched good, said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. He made some good pitches. That one inning it seems like he can't get over that one inning but we didn't put any runs on the board either way. I think he went out there and pitched great. He had a good slider working, good changeup, fell behind for some guys but all in all he did pretty good.Manager Bobby Valentine was also pleased with Bards performance.Bard once again looked like a pretty good pitcher, Valentine said. Worked quick, got some quick innings. A little adversity in the sixth there cost him a few runs. Other than, that he pitched really well. Had some pitches that he thought could have been strikes, and those innings, those are pages that you have to turn. And Im sure he will.

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.