Parnell laments 8th-inning sliders

Bobby Parnell regretted throwing sliders rather than fastballs on the two decisive blows against him in the eighth inning, which turned a one-run lead into a 5-4 defeat Sunday against the Florida Marlins.

Bobby Parnell

Bobby Parnell

#39 RP
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM28
  • W3

  • L2

  • BB12

  • K36

  • ERA3.30

Logan Morrison opened the eighth with a game-tying solo homer. John Buck delivered a two-out, go-ahead RBI double later in the inning.

“I wanted to bounce it off the plate, and I just didn’t get it down there,” Parnell said about Morrison’s homer. “It was just the wrong pitch in the wrong situation.”

The right pitch?

“A fastball away. Anything but that one (slider),” Parnell said. “I just sped his bat up and put it in a spot that he could hit it. It was the wrong pitch. I should have known better than that.”

As for Buck’s double, Parnell said: “We were just trying to get him swinging early. I just left it over the plate and he stayed back on it. If I could, I’d take those two pitches back and go with fastballs. I can’t do that.”