Bobby Parnell's rehab reboot was little relief.
The Mets reliever, working his way back from 2014 Tommy John surgery, restarted his rehab assignment during Single-A Advanced St. Lucie's 4-2 loss to Tampa on Monday night. An attempt earlier this season was aborted because of forearm tightness.
Parnell started the ninth with St. Lucie (13-18, 6th place in Florida State League South) leading by a run and allowed a one-out single to Tampa's Tyler Wade. After Wade stole second, Parnell walked Miguel Andujar and then threw a wild pitch, moving both runners up a base. Mike Ford ripped a go-ahead two-run double to left, moved to third on a groundout and scored on another Parnell wild pitch. Parnell got Michael O'Neill to ground out to end the inning.
Baseball Prospectus' Jeff Moore reported that Parnell sat mostly between 90-92 mph with his fastball, but "reached back for 95, 96" on two pitches.
Parnell's outing wrecked another stellar night for St. Lucie starter Robert Gsellman, who struck out five in eight innings, allowing five hits and one run and lowering his ERA to 1.46. It was the second consecutive start of eight innings for Gsellman. He has allowed more than one earned run just once in six starts and hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any start.
TRIPLE-A LAS VEGAS
(22-10, 1st place in Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern)
Tyler Pill struck out eight in seven innings, allowing three hits, one walk and one run as the 51s beat El Paso, 3-1. Centerfielder Darrell Ceciliani was 3-for-4, and rightfielder Eric Campbell went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks. Las Vegas has won 16 of its last 18 games.
(18-13, 2nd place in Eastern League Eastern)
Shortstop Gavin Cecchini hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot to lead off the sixth, and third baseman Dustin Lawley was 1-for-1 with a double and a walk, but the Mets fell to Richmond, 4-3.
(12-18, 7th place in South Atlantic League Southern)
Third baseman Jean Rodriguez was 3-for-5 with two runs, first baseman Stefan Sabol went 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk and second baseman Jonathan Johnson was 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk as the Sand Gnats beat Hickory, 6-3.
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