Six innings for Parra in Triple-A season debut
Manny Parra’s first start since his demotion from Milwaukee is in the books, and it was a pretty good one. Pitching for Triple-A Nashville at home against Round Rock, Parra worked six innings, allowing two runs — only one of them earned because of an errant pickoff throw by catcher Carlos Corporan — with four hits, four walks and four strikeouts.
The four walks are a bit discouraging, and they probably contributed to the fact that Parra threw 114 pitches in six innings. But otherwise it looks like a good outing for the left-hander, who is trying to build some confidence in the Minors after going 3-8 with a 7.52 ERA for the Brewers.
I saw that general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Parra was bumped up to pitch today to line him up in case he’s the choice when the Brewers need a fifth starter again on June 27. But I’m a bit confused by that, because Nashville has an off-day on June 22 — five days from today and five days before the Brewers need a pitcher. Maybe there is a plan in place to have Parra throw a simulated game, or pitch for a different Brewers affiliate.
Nashville was trailing, 2-1, when Parra exited, so he was in line for the loss.