Parra For the Course
The Milwaukee Brewers were on the short end of a rain-marred 11-4 decision Tuesday night in Philadelphia. It was the Brewers 7th consecutive loss at Citizen’s Bank Park, leaving them with a dismal 5-16 overall record at the home of Chase Utley’s ‘World F—ing Champions’.
In last night’s game, Ryan Braun staked the Brewers to a quick lead with a solo home run but starting pitcher Manny Parra gave it back and then some in the bottom of the inning. Parra allowed the Phillies lineup to bat around in their half of the first, issuing two walks and permitting 6 consecutive batters to reach base resulting in four runs. With the Brewer offense struggling to score runs at the moment along with their difficult history in Philly, Parra’s ineffectiveness put the team in an insurmountable hole. Parra went on to give up a home run to Phillies third baseman Pedro Feliz before being pulled for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning and Milwaukee’s bullpen completed the torch job after his exit.
Parra dropped his third decision on the season and his performance continued a disturbing trend dating back to last season. Through July 20 of the 2008 season, Parra had a 9-2 record with a 3.68 ERA. Since that time, however, he has lost 9 of 10 decisions while compiling a 6.19 ERA.
At this point, it’s open to question whether Parra can be the pitcher the Brewers are counting on him to be. He seems to suffer from a lack of concentration at times that affects his control. True, Parra is only in his second season in the majors and it’s too soon to give up on him. But, at 26 years old, he’s no longer a neophyte and he will soon need to develop some consistency in order to realize his potential.