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Parra improving every time out

Parra improving every time out

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MILWAUKEE -- Don't let Manny Parra's 1-4 record fool you. The Brewers southpaw has been pitching his best baseball of the young season.

Although he took a no-decision on May 1 after allowing three hits and a run in six innings against Arizona, Parra finally earned a victory last Wednesday against the Reds.

Though he needed 119 pitches to get his team into the seventh inning, he gave up eight hits and two runs in six innings. It wasn't his strongest line of the season, but he's sure to enter the contest against the Marlins with some much-needed confidence.

Pitching matchup
MIL: LHP Manny Parra (1-4, 4.88 ERA)
Parra is making just his second career start against the Marlins. In April 2008, Parra received a no-decision after tossing 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball.

FLA: LHP John Koronka (0-0, -.--)
The Marlins called up Koronka from Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday, sending down outfielder Cameron Maybin to make room. Koronka, a former Chicago Cub and Texas Ranger, has thrown back-to-back scoreless five-inning starts for New Orleans. The left-hander is taking Anibal Sanchez's spot in the rotation for the time being. On May 7, Sanchez exited after 4 2/3 innings with right shoulder discomfort and will be on the disabled list for two months. Koronka hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2007 and has never faced Milwaukee. The Brewers are hitting .262 as a team against left-handers this season.

Tidbits
Catcher Jason Kendall tripled on Sunday to move within three hits of 2,000 for his career. ... Late last week, the Brewers named their Minor League player and pitcher of the month. The player honor went to Triple-A Nashville third baseman Mat Gamel, who hit .392 in April with seven home runs and 26 RBIs in 20 games. The top pitcher was Class A Brevard County's Evan Anundsen, who fired a no-hitter on April 28 and finished the month 2-2 with a 1.44 ERA in four starts. ... For the first time, the team also named a baserunner of the month at each affiliate, as selected by the coaching staff. The winners were Alcides Escobar (Nashville), Adam Stern (Double-A Huntsville), Logan Schafer (Brevard County) and Brett Lawrie (Class A Wisconsin). ... The Brewers were just 1-5 against the Marlins last season, including 1-2 at Miller Park. Both losses in Milwaukee went 10 innings. ... The Brewers have not swept the Marlins in a series since 1999.

Tickets
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On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• FS Wisconsin HD

On radio
• WTMJ 620

Up next
• Wednesday: Brewers (Braden Looper, 2-2, 4.18) vs. Marlins (Ricky Nolasco, 2-3, 6.63), 7:05 p.m. CT
• Thursday: Brewers (Dave Bush, 1-0, 4.05) vs. Marlins (Josh Johnson, 3-0, 2.34), 12:05 p.m. CT
• Friday: Brewers (Yovani Gallardo 4-1, 3.09) at Cardinals (Kyle Lohse, 3-2, 4.25), 7:15 p.m. CT

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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