Although Manny Parra received three more starts after this date, his starting career may have died with this at-bat. At the least, it brought on the final stages.
Through the first five innings of the August 4th game against the Cubs, Parra was excellent. He struck out six batters, walked two, and allowed only one run on a Tyler Colvin home run. As has been the case throughout his career, though, the sixth inning was Parra’s undoing. With the Brewers leading 3-1, He allowed a walk and three hits before getting lifted for Todd Coffey, who promptly gave up a three run bomb to give the Cubs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The key point here was Parra’s last batter. With runners on the corners, Parra had just struck out Alfonso Soriano and the light at the end of the tunnel was there. All Parra had to do was get by Blake Dewitt, he of the .318 wOBA. It seemed like Parra would indeed get out of it after getting ahead 0-2. but then this happened.
Parra hung the splitter, and Dewitt banged it into left field for a single (0:45 in this video). Jeff Baker followed with another single, and then as mentioned above, Todd Coffey entered and the floodgates opened. The Cubs would end up winning by a 15-3 score, and Manny Parra was out of his starting job within the month.