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Daniel Bard sets Red Sox record with 21 straight scoreless appearances

Jul 21, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox Daniel Bard pitches against Tampa Bay Rays during American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

Daniel Bard allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Opening Day.

Since then he’s allowed a grand total of seven runs in 47 innings, including a Red Sox-record 21 straight scoreless appearances dating all the way back to May 23.

Or as Kirk Minihane of WEEI.com put it: “The last time Daniel Bard allowed a run, the Bruins were playing Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals and Dustin Pedroia was batting .246.”

That stretch includes 22.2 scoreless innings, during which time opponents have batted just .108 with one extra-base hit against Bard and he’s lowered his ERA from 3.65 to 1.90.

Bard told Tim Britton of the Providence Journal that “there’s definitely some luck involved when it comes to something like this” and “nothing’s really changed about me as a pitcher or anything,” which isn’t surprising coming from an admitted stat-head.

  1. patsandsox - Jul 21, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Pretty amazing stats. I am still not sure that means he would be a better closer than Papelbon. I am pretty sure it makes him the best setup man in the game right now. I think the Sox should not break up a good thing and bring them both back next season.

  2. bigleagues - Jul 21, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Repeat after me:

    S-T-U-D . . . STUD

  3. frankvzappa - Jul 21, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    That sound you hear is Orel Hersheiser shaking in his boots.

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