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Manny Parra (1-1) pitched a perfect game in his second Triple-A start as Nashville defeated Round Rock, 3-0, at the Dell Diamond.

 

Parra became the first individual pitcher in the Pacific Coast League to toss a perfect game since the Sounds' John Wasdin did so on April 7, 2003. It was the eighth perfect game in PCL history and the first since Sacramento River Cats hurlers Ryan Meaux, Aquilino Lopez and Cla Meredith combined for one against the Portland Beavers in the first game of a doubleheader on June 9, 2006.

 

Parra struck out 11 and threw 107 pitches, 77 for strikes. After getting pinch-hitter Jesse Garcia to pop up to first base for the final out, Parra's teammates mobbed the Sacramento native at the mound as the remaining opposing fans at the Dell Diamond gave him a standing ovation.

 

The 24-year-old left-hander allowed two runs on seven hits and four walks while fanning six in six frames in his Triple-A debut against Iowa last Wednesday.

 

He was 7-3 with a Southern League-best 2.68 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 80 2/3 innings for Double-A Huntsville before replacing Yovani Gallardo in Nashville's rotation. Parra has battled various shoulder injuries over his six-year Minor League career (36-19).

 

Joe Dillon smacked a run-scoring single in the first inning for Nashville (45-32). Mike Rivera tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth with a two-run double, and Callix Crabbe went 3-for-4 and scored a run.

 

Express starter Matt Albers (2-3) took the loss after giving up one run on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Paul Estrada surrendered two runs on two hits while striking out two and walking one in two frames for Round Rock (32-45).

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