Dodgers stressed to the nines by Angels BILL PLASCHKE
Yes, it’s a loss, but at least he didn’t lose it Pitching matchup takes an unexpected turn as Penny, who had majors’ lowest ERA, allows eight runs and is outdone by Santana in 9-1 loss.
APenny for his thoughts? “$#&%#$.” Brad Penny was in the throes of an un-happy hour Friday, watching his evening crumble even before his high socks started to sag.
First batter, Reggie Willits, walk.
Second batter, Orlando Cabrera, line drive off the left-field wall.
Third batter, Vladimir Guerrero, pop fly plops out of the glove of Jeff Kent.
About seven minutes into the game against the Angels, and the Dodgers’ Penny had already rolled craps, and here it came . . . The whiny face, the kicked
It almost didn’t seem fair. The Dodgers were sending baseball’s hottest starter and his minuscule 0.86 road earned-run average against an Angels pitcher who hadn’t won in nearly a month, even at his coveted home field. Poor Brad Penny. The Dodgers starter who entered the Freeway Series opener Friday night with the lowest ERA in the major leagues could not keep up with Angels counterpart Ervin Santana, who came out on the winning end of a quirky 9-1 Angels victory. Santana was hardly domi-
COMFORT OF HOME: Ervin Santana, who has pitched much better at Angel Stadium than he has in road games, allowed one run and six hits in six innings to improve to 3-5, and 3-1 at home.