The injured New York Mets relief pitcher had made seven appearances with the Buffalo Bisons, with a 4.50 earned-run average in six innings.
In the opener of a doubleheader with the Gwinnett Braves he showed the type of pitching it will take to get him back to the big leagues. Parnell closed out the Bisons' 5-3 win before an announced crowd of 8,197 at Coca-Cola Field by pitching two scoreless innings.
He struck out three straight batters at one point and ended the sixth inning with a blazing 99 mph fastball to get Braves catcher J.C. Boscan looking.
"That's the best I've seen his stuff this year," Bisons manager Tim Teufel said. "Hopefully, he can repeat it. He keeps throwing like that, you never know."Parnell was expected to be the Mets' primary set-up man out of the bullpen until he went on the disabled list April 21 with clotting in his right (throwing) middle finger. The injury caused numbness. An angiogram was performed, but no serious risk was found.
Parnell, who was not available to speak to the media after the Bisons completed a doubleheader sweep with a 2-1 win in the nightcap, had consistent velocity in the mid-90s.
"It's good to see his release point come together and really throw the ball well. I'm sure he's been waiting for that kind of outing from himself as well," Teufel said. "He was kind of charged up."Parnell's performance made a winner out of starter Brian Sweeney, who pitched five innings and gave up seven hits, but just one earned run.