Parnell, Mets chopped for loss

July, 31, 2011
7/31/11
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Bobby Parnell said he was helpless to field Ian Desmond’s game-winning infield single, which the Nat chopped over the reliever’s head as Rick Ankiel scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

“I feel like I made a good pitch to him and got a groundball,” Parnell said. “Unfortunately it was that high. I couldn’t get to it. It was just in no man’s land. It’s just the game of baseball. What can you do?”

Parnell thought he had struck out Desmond with the preceding pitch, but the slider did appear slightly off the plate, and ump C.B. Bucknor ruled it a ball.

“I thought it was a good pitch, but that’s not for me to say,” Parnell said.

Ankiel had advanced to third on a wild pitch earlier in Desmond’s at-bat.

Parnell had twisted his left ankle during the preceding at-bat and required a trainer’s visit on the mound before the Desmond plate appearance, but indicated that was a non-issue.

“As time has gone on, it’s loosened up a little bit, so it should be all right,” Parnell said.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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