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Gerardo Parra an unexpected plus for Nationals

Adam Zielonka The Washington TimesMay 29, 2019

When he came up to the big leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009, Gerardo Parra hit a home run in his first at-bat. Maybe that can help explain the journeyman’s continued propensity for coming up clutch in big moments.

Parra has only been a Washington National since May 9, shortly after the San Francisco Giants designated him for assignment and he opted for free agency. His first base hit in a Nationals uniform? Just your everyday eighth-inning, two-outs grand slam that proved to be the game-winning play against the Los Angeles Dodgers May 11.

“A great moment for me,” Parra told reporters in Los Angeles. “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.”

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