Not bad for a guy that was squeezed out of the everyday lineup.
With one swing of the bat, D-Backs outfielder Gerardo Parra jump started the slumping D-Backs offense and sealed there first victory in nearly a week. It was also the first game this season which Parra hit in the lead off spot. Overall, Parra was 2 for 4 with 4 RBI and a stolen base. If hitting Parra at leadoff was an experiment by manager Kirk Gibson, he might want to stick with the plan as the primary leadoff hitter this season–Willie Bloomquist–saw his average dip to .224 over the last handful of games, seeming to coincide with the D-Backs losing streak.
While Bloomquist is fine fill-in player, he’s reaching his useful life as an everyday player. As I’ve stated before, Bloomquist has the ability to hit extremely well in short spurts, but struggles when counted on to be an everyday player. It appears he may have hit that wall after going 3 for his last 27 at-bats. Parra at leadoff would give the lineup a new look, and perhaps give Parra himself the reassurance that Gibson and company still believe in him as an everyday player after making a move for Jason Kubel in the offseason.
Parra makes enough contact and is fast enough to be an adequate hitter that it is suprising that he has had only 45 career at-bats in the top spot. While he normally sticks with the same everyday lineup, perhaps a little tweak by Gibson was enough to end the D-Backs skid and get them back on the winning track.