DENVER -- The Rockies signed outfielder Gerardo Parra because of an aggressive style that could steal a run or two. But it backfired during the second inning of Sunday afternoon's 8-3 loss to the Giants.Parra opened the inning with a double off Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto. His attempt to take
DENVER -- The Rockies signed outfielder Gerardo Parra because of an aggressive style that could steal a run or two. But it backfired during the second inning of Sunday afternoon's 8-3 loss to the Giants.
Parra opened the inning with a double off Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto. His attempt to take third on a Mark Reynolds' fly to center was foiled, after a replay review, because his right hand stubbed the dirt and was trapped beneath him on his head-first slide and the Giants' Matt Duffy tagged his foot.
Instead of having a man on third with one out, the Rockies were hung with a double play. Parra's presence on the bases would have given the Rockies two runs, instead of one, on Trevor Story's 14th homer of the year.
"I tried to make it to third base, but I had a bad slide," Parra said. "I almost broke my hand. It's hard to take third base, but I want to play hard every time."
Whether using his speed or his gifted throwing arm, Parra often pushes for a little more than the simple play. When it doesn't work, it stands out. But no result is going to make him tentative.
"It's my game," said Parra, hitting .272 with a .424 slugging percentage and .284 on-base percentage in his first year of a three-year, $27 million contract. "It's aggressive."
It was part of an eventful day for Parra.
With the bases loaded and one out in the third, Parra lashed a liner into the glove of Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, who jogged to the bag for an easy double play.
Parra and Cueto had something of a disagreement at the start of the at-bat that concluded with the line drive.
Cueto is a pitcher of many different deliveries that upset a hitter's timing. So Parra requested time not once, not twice, but three times before the first pitch. After the third time, he and Cueto were gesturing and quarreling back and forth.
It made for a funky little highlight, but Parra, who is 4-for-11 (.364) against Cueto, said it was no big deal.
"Cueto told me, 'Pitch fast because I want to pitch fast,' and I was just, 'Give me a couple minutes' to be ready to hit him," Parra said. "But it was nothing bad. I'm trying to win the game. Nothing bad for him. He's a great pitcher, great guy, my friend, too."
Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and** like his Facebook page**.