Melvin: “That was the least of my worries, was getting booed.”
If you assumed Jarrod Parker was headed back out to the mound for the ninth inning if he had a no-hiter intact, think again. Manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday there was “no way” Parker was going out there with 111 pitches to his name. He was prepared for the boos.
Parker ultimately exited after the eighth, having allowed just one hit.
“That was the most miserable couple of innings that you could ever imagine,” Melvin said. “That’s a game I should be over here sitting down and not worrying about anything. After the sixth inning, at 91, I knew I couldn’t let him go nine innings. So I’m not rooting for a hit, but it certainly didn’t break my heart when Michael Young got that hit, because this kid’s too important to us. It was difficult to watch.”
Rangers manager Ron Washington, for one, was on Melvin’s side.
“My mind was in the same place,” he said. “I was in the opposing dugout and saw this kid had thrown a lot of pitches, and it would be tough for him to throw nine innings. ”
Parker threw a career-high 112 pitches in his May 13 start and greatly struggled five days later in San Francisco, allowing six runs on four hits and four walks in just two innings. Since, he’s been his old self, allowing one run over his last 21 innings.
“I was in Arizona when they drafted him, and I saw his first couple Minor League games, and he blew me away,” Melvin said. “Then he had the Tommy John surgery and you lose sight of him for a year and the Diamonbacks felt good enough about pitching him one start late in the season and did so well they put him on the playoff roster last year. This is a guy, from the time he was drafted, you look at him and you say, ‘Could this guy be a No. 1?’ You certainly don’t discount that.”
Other pregame tidbits:
- Cliff Pennington received the day off Tuesday, while Adam Rosales started at shortstop in his stead.
- Coco Crisp, who sat out his third straight game Tuesday, will be back in the lineup Wednesday, Melvin confirmed. The plan is for Crisp to start in center field, with Yoenis Cespedes again shifting to left field.