"He's really been consistent all year and swinging the bat a lot better right-handed this year than we've seen in past years," Melvin said of Parrino, who is 3-for-12 with two doubles and two walks for Oakland this year. "We saw that when he was up for a brief period last time he was here as well and swung the bat well right-handed, so therefore he's in there today."
Beginning his third stint in the Majors this season, Parrino just wants to help keep things rolling for a club that owns the best record in baseball.
"Hopefully just help this team win, no matter what it is," Parrino said. "I'm not going to try to win games for them but keep them in games. Play good defense, have quality at-bats and we'll see what happens."
Parrino jumps from one pennant chase to another as he leaves Sacramento, which leads the North Division of the Pacific Coast League, to take part in Oakland's title chase. To that he said, "Obviously, it's different being in the big leagues than Triple-A."
The River Cats can credit their lead partly to Parrino's performance. He was batting .286 (107-for-374) with seven homers, 19 doubles, 52 RBIs and a .363 on-base percentage in in 422 plate appearances with Sacramento upon his promotion.
"I'm just trying to swing at strikes, take the balls and see what happens," Parrino said. "Sometimes you worry too much about trying to get a hit and you don't put yourself in a position to actually get a hit because you're swinging at some bad pitches. Hopefully, I'll swing at more strikes and put the barrel on the ball."
Parrino also offers Oakland versatility in the field as he has experience playing shortstop, left field, second base and third base in the Majors.
"Tonight he told me I'm playing short, so we'll go day to day on that," Parrino said. "I've been up here before and played second, third and left, so that's always in the back of mind, but tonight I'm getting my work in and taking care of shortstop."