Sat. Final: White Sox 7, Brewers 1
By Todd Welter
Next game: Sunday, June 14th vs. Chicago White Sox
Manny Parra did not make a case to stay in the Brewers' starting rotation and it turns out he failed to make a case to stay in the Majors.
His struggles on the mound continued as Parra only made it through 1.2-innings in which he gave up six runs in the second inning as the Brewers lost to the Chicago White Sox 7-1 at Miller Park.
The Brewers' faithful have been calling for the last couple of weeks to have Parra dropped from the rotation. Who could blame them? Parra's last five starts have been pretty rough to watch. Parra is 0-4 during that stretch in which has given up 32 earned runs and has only logged just 21 innings of work. To top it off, the Brewers are now 3-10 this year when he starts.
"Just disappointing more than anything," Parra thought. "I know what kind of pitcher I am and I haven't just been pitching well at all."
Not pitching well at all earned Parra a demotion not just from the starting rotation but from the Major League roster. After the game, the Brewers announced they are sending Parra down to Triple-A Nashville. The Brewers purchased the contract of left handed pitcher Chris Naverson from Nashville to fill Parra's roster spot. No decision has been made on who will fill Parra's spot in the rotation as the Brewers will not need a fifth starter until June 27th.
Brewers manager Ken Macha feels this will be the best thing for the young lefty especially with a pretty good teacher that will work with him down in Nashville.
"It will be good for him to get down there and pitch. He is going to have another voice working with him. Chris Bosio is going to be working with him. Chris has a lot of experience winning games in the Major Leagues. He's going to get some help down there and hopefully get him straighten out."
Macha would not promise that Parra will regain his spot in the rotation if he does straighten himself out in Nashville.
The final straw for Parra's time in the Majors came after Parra was just dreadful in the second inning as he put the Crew in a deep hole.
Parra started off the inning by giving up singles to Paul Konerko and Ramon Castro. Jayson Nix drove in Konerko with double. The troubles continued when Parra gave a free pass to Brian Anderson and then gave up a two-RBI double to Gordon Beckham. Parra finally got an out by getting Jose Contreras to pop up but the nightmare still continued when Scott Podsednik drove in Anderson with a RBI ground-out.
Parra still was unable to escape the inning. He issued walks to Alexei Ramirez and Jermaine Dye and then Konerko knocked Parra out of the game with a two-run single. Parra exited the game, walked into the clubhouse in a little bit later and was met by Brewers general manager Doug Melvin who informed him of his decision to send Parra down to the minors.
Parra (3-8) took the loss for putting the Crew in that early hole as he also allowed six hits and walked three while striking out none.
Being in that early hole gave the Brewers really no hope of coming back, at least not with the way Sox starter Jose Contreras was dealing on the mound.
"They had the big inning and their guy was pretty good," is how Macha summed up the loss.
Contreras was more than just pretty good. He dominated the Brewers' bats through eight innings in which he gave up no runs and just two hits. He had a season-high eight strikeouts and walked two as Contreras (2-5) earned his second win of the season.
The only scoring chance the Brewers got on Contreras was in the eighth inning as Milwaukee found a way to load up the bases with two outs but Craig Counsell popped out to first to end the threat.
The one consolation was after Parra left the game, the Sox offense did not do much the rest of the game. Credit Chris Smith, Todd Coffey, Trevor Hoffman and Carlos Villanueva for making that happen.
Smith was impressive after taking over for Parra. He lasted 3.1-innings allowed a fifth-inning homer to Castro and struck out a career-high five batters.
The Brewers did pick up a run in the ninth when Casey McGehee hit a pinch-hit, RBI single off Scott Linebrink.
The Sox (29-34) have won for just the fifth time in their last 14 games while the Brewers (34-28) have now dropped five of their last six.