Blown save 'uncharacteristic' for Mets closer Bobby Parnell
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Mets manager Terry Collins praised closer Bobby Parnell for his work this season, calling the righthander "absolutely brilliant." But in what Collins called an "uncharacteristic" outing Wednesday, Parnell allowed the go-ahead run to score in the Mets' 7-4 loss to the Reds.
Summoned to keep the score tied in the ninth, Parnell allowed three runs and three hits.
Brandon Phillips knocked in the go-ahead run on a slow grounder misplayed by Ike Davis. Todd Frazier followed with a soft pinch- hit, two-run single. "I made all my pitches, hit all my spots, ball off the hands down the line and a broken bat," Parnell said. "There's nothing I can do about that. That's going to happen. That's the game of baseball."
Ankiel heating up
Outfielder Rick Ankiel tripled and doubled twice, his first game with at least three extra-base hits since 2009. Ankiel, who is hitting .237, totaled two RBIs.
Wheeler on pitch count
In his first start since a shoulder injury scare, top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler allowed three runs in five innings for Triple-A Las Vegas. Facing Iowa, Wheeler scattered five hits, including two homers, though his velocity registered in the mid-90s. The Mets put Wheeler on a pitch count in his first outing back from inflammation in the AC joint in his right shoulder. He left after throwing just 67 pitches.
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