Parker struck out three over two perfect innings as the opener in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Marlins. He didn't factor into the decision, an eventual 5-3 loss, but Parker gave the Phillies every opportunity to seize an early lead. The veteran right-hander has been one of the few bright spots in the team's bullpen this season, going 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 19:5 K:BB over 12.2 innings.
Parker will start Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Marlins, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Parker hasn't lasted more than two innings in any of his relief appearances this season, but he'll make his first start of the season in Friday's matinee. While the right-hander has been largely effective this season, it's unclear how many pitches he'll be able to throw in his start.
Parker (2-0) walked one in a scoreless 11th inning to get the win over the Braves on Friday. Parker entered the game in the 11th and quickly found himself in a jam with two men on and nobody out after walking Ender Inciarte to lead off the inning. He got Austin Riley to fly out before J.T. Realmuto caught Inciarte trying to steal second. Parker escaped after Adeiny Hechavarria fouled out to third to end the scoring chance. Parker has been solid for the Phillies this year, as he has yet to allow an earned run in 7.1 innings, and he should continue to get plenty of high-leverage opportunities.
Parker (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out three to earn the win Tuesday versus the Red Sox. Parker relieved starter Zach Eflin during the fifth inning with the Phillies down by two runs. In the sixth, the offense exploded for seven runs, and Parker was in for the win. The 35-year-old righty hasn't allowed a run across 4.1 innings this season, racking up seven strikeouts in his three appearances.
Parker's contract was selected by the Phillies on Tuesday. The Phillies shook up their struggling bullpen Tuesday, removing Nick Pivetta and Trevor Kelley from the active roster and replacing them with Parker and Connor Brogdon. There are very few reliable arms behind Hector Neris in the Phillies' pen, so Parker could presumably have the chance to add to his 34 career saves at some point this season, though he's hardly high-leverage material at this point, as he posted a mediocre 4.55 ERA and a 5.07 FIP last year.
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