Brewers minor leaguer Parra throws perfect game in Triple-A
ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Milwaukee Brewers farmhand Manny Parra pitched a perfect game Monday night, leading the Nashville Sounds to a 3-0 victory over Round Rock in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.
Making his second start at Triple-A, Parra struck out 11 and threw 77 of his 107 pitches for strikes against the Express, a Houston Astros affiliate. It was the eighth perfect game in the PCL's 104-year history -- but only the third in a nine-inning game. The others came in seven-inning games.
The last pitcher to throw a nine-inning perfect game in the PCL also was a member of the Sounds. John Wasdin, now with the Pittsburgh Pirates, accomplished the feat on April 7, 2003, against Albuquerque. Tacoma's John Halama did it in July 2001.
The most recent perfect game in the PCL came when three Portland pitchers combined for a seven-inning gem in the second game of a doubleheader last June.
The 24-year-old Parra was picked by the Brewers in the 26th round of the 2001 draft. The left-hander went 11-2 with a 2.73 ERA for Class-A Beloit in 2003, but had season-ending rotator cuff surgery in August 2005.
He was 4-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 21 games, including 20 starts, last year with Class-A Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville.
Parra attended American River Junior College in Sacramento, Calif., and was chosen the 2002 National Junior College Player of the Year by Baseball America.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press