Parra misses record but keeps rolling

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kyle New­man Source: Elias Sports Bureau

As the Rock­ies teed off Wednes­day en route to an 18-4 blowout vic­tory over the San Diego Padres, Ger­ardo Parra con­tin­ued his as­sault on the base­ball as well, go­ing 4-for-5 to im­prove his av­er­age to .556 (20-36) since re­turn­ing from the dis­abled list July 7.

Parra fell just short of the club record for reach­ing base safely in con­sec­u­tive plate ap­pear­ances, hav­ing his streak snapped at 10 with a li­ne­out to left to end the fifth in­ning. Only seven other Rock­ies have ever put to­gether such a streak of 10 at-bats or more, with Eric Young own­ing the mark of 12 dur­ing the team’s in­au­gu­ral sea­son.

The vet­eran out­fielder’s re­cent of­fen­sive dom­i­na­tion raises the ques­tion about what the dif­fer­ence is be­tween this sea­son and last for Parra, when he hit a ca­reer-low .253 af­ter sign­ing a three­year, $27.5 mil­lion con­tract as a free agent with Colorado.

“He’s see­ing the ball well, he’s us­ing the whole field and he’s not try­ing to do too much,” Rock­ies man­ager Bud Black said. “The swing is short, the hands are work­ing great and he’s swing­ing at strikes and tak­ing balls. It’s the ap­proach that all hit­ters try to get to, and it’s hap­pen­ing in the mo­ment right now for him.”

Parra’s sim­pli­fied ap­proach at the plate is mak­ing him the tough­est out in the Rock­ies lineup right now. He is bar­rel­ing pitches up, as he did with his sharply hit first-in­ning sin­gle to left; and he’s hit­ting it where they ain’t, as he did with see­ing-eye ground­ball sin­gles to left in the third and to right in the sev­enth.

“He can hit the ball out of the ball­park, he can hit the ball in the gap, he can fight a base hit the other way and he can roll a ball through the right side,” Black said. “I saw that early in Ari­zona, and when he went to Mil­wau­kee, he did the same thing. It was sort of an off year for him last year, but he’s mak­ing up for it this year.”

And with his body fully healthy from the strained quadri­ceps that side­lined him for more than a month, Parra, hit­ting .364, is on pace for his best of­fen­sive sea­son.

“I feel healthy and the con­fi­dence is great, but what’s more im­por­tant is help­ing the team win, be­cause we need wins more than ever now,” Parra said. “So I’m just stay­ing fo­cused on play­ing hard, play­ing happy and not think­ing too much. I’m just look­ing for my pitch in the zone ev­ery time up.”

Reach­ing base

Ger­ardo Parra’s streak of reach­ing base 10 con­sec­u­tive times ranks tied for fourth in Rock­ies his­tory. A look at those reach­ing base in 10 or more con­sec­u­tive plate ap­pear­ances: Player Sea­son Eric Young 1993 Larry Walker 1998 Todd Hel­ton 2000 Ger­ardo Parra 2017 Todd Hel­ton 2001 DJ LeMahieu 2016 Brad Hawpe 2008

Larry Walker 2000 Reached 12

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