What a weekend for new Nat, Gerardo Parra

Brian Tinsman
May 12, 2019 - 11:17 pm
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Gerardo Parra's signing could be seen as one of desperation for both parties.

For Parra, who was designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants on May 3, it was a quick chance at redemption.

For the Washington Nationals, it was an attempt to stem the tide of talent felled by injury. Parra was a healthy body with a big league track record.

Let's call it a win-win.

In just his second game wearing a curly 'W,' Parra launched a game-winning grand slam, his first hit as a member of the Nationals:

Fittingly, he did in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, a team that he has tormented during a long career in the National League East, playing them more than any other opponent. It was his eighth home run against the Dodgers, the most against an opponent. 

He then had the pleasure of catching the last out against the wall on Saturday night, sealing an unlikely road victory.

Parra was just as excited in talking to reporters after the game as he was in rounding the bases and celebrating with his new teammates. 

"Happy, happy. A great moment for me," Parra said with a grin. "I tried to help my team to win and that’s what we do. Just hitting a good pitch. Pitch in the zone. Try to put the ball in play."

According to the night's starting pitcher and unofficial Parra historian, Max Scherzer, this is just another notch in the outfielder's belt.

“I told him I remembered when you hit that first pitch for a home run. His first big league hit was a home run," Scherzer told the media after the game. "Man, to see Parra hit that ball over the wall I think this whole dugout went nuts. That gave us so much energy to go out there and compete in the eighth and the ninth. That’s what we needed.

"We go way back all the way to Arizona and we faced each other throughout the years. It’s fun to have him back on our team, especially when he does something like that for the team. I’m sure he feels a lot better in this clubhouse."

On Sunday, Parra couldn't single-handedly carry the Nats to victory. He did, however, lace a one-out double in the eighth inning that broke up Dodgers' pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu's no-hit bid against the Nats:

The Nationals dropped the rubber game of the series but saved the embarrassment of being no-hit in the process. That's good enough for his first weekend of work.

Perhaps Parra could provide some sort of spark that the team so desperately needs on offense. Perhaps it was just a good weekend in the office.

Either way, his signing has already paid dividends.

 

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