Farrell quickly went to Alex Wilson and the rookie held the Astros to one run. Bard pitched well in an inning on Thursday. But this latest outing was a sign that he still has work to do to overcome the control problems that started last season.
Bard is a footnote at this point. At 10 games over .500 already, the Sox don’t feel like a fluke because of how their success has been built.
“We’ve had a very good offensive approach, even on nights when we’ve only scored a few runs,” Farrell said. “Our starting pitching has been very consistent. I think we’ve played very good defensively.
“There’s still room to improve in areas. But the fact is we’ve got three areas of the game where we’re operating pretty well right now.”