A Bard in the Park
Bochy liked the pairing of Park and Bard
Bochy liked the pairing of Park and Bard

Posted May 11, 2006


Boston wanted Doug Mirabelli back with the Red Sox because Josh Bard couldn't handle Tim Wakefield's knuckleball.

But now it appears Bard has found someone he, too, can work with.

Josh Bard, dealt to San Diego as part of the Mirabelli trade, has been coupled with Chan Ho Park for the right-hander's last two starts -- and Park hasn't given up a run over 15 innings. For that matter, none of the Padres pitchers have given up a run in the 20 innings Bard has caught in his two starts with San Diego.

But Park and Bard seem to have something special going -- a fact not lost on Padres manager Bruce Bochy.

"They worked so well together the first time that I made up my mind that I wanted to get (Bard) in the lineup again," said Bochy after the Padres defeated Milwaukee 3-0 Wednesday night.

As for Bard and Park, they've formed something of a mutual admiration society.

Said Park: "I was kind of surprised he's taken the time to study me as much as he has. He's the kind of catcher who makes you pitch aggressively. I feel very comfortable with him."

Said Bard: "I've just been telling Chan Ho to believe in himself and believe in his stuff ... pound the mitt. And he has quality stuff. Just look at his career. He's been a pleasure to work with. I'm just trying to make him realize he's got great stuff. Sometimes it's easy to forget he has No. 1 starter's stuff."

REPLAY: The Chan Ho Park-Josh Bard battery beat the Brewers with their bats as well as Park's pitching Wednesday night in San Diego's 3-0 win.

The switch-hitting Bard's opposite-field, two-run double down the line in right off Chris Capuano broke up a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth. Park kept the inning alive with a single, allowing Eric Young to drive home Bard with the game's final run.

After Park held the Brewers scoreless on seven hits over six innings, relievers Scott Cassidy (two innings) and Trevor Hoffman (one inning) finished the shutout.



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