Parnell turns up heat to set season record

Parnell turns up heat to set season record

HOUSTON -- In his fifth pitch against third baseman Chris Johnson on Wednesday, reliever Bobby Parnell threw a pitch that was officially clocked at 102.5 mph by pitch FX. The pitch was the fastest recorded in the Major Leagues this season.

"I'm excited about it," Parnell said after Wednesday's game. "But today's today and tomorrow's tomorrow."

Parnell pitched two perfect innings for the Mets in their 3-2 win and has now thrown four consecutive scoreless innings. This season he's thrown 13 pitches over 100 mph, which is fourth in the Majors.

"I know I'm throwing good, and I feel like I can let loose," Parnell said "You just try to ride the wave."

Manager Jerry Manuel said he liked what he saw from Parnell and said he could use him as a closer in future games.

"You have to see it on a consistent basis," Manuel said.