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.

Los Angeles Times - - Sports - By Ben Bolch

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-


Lori She­p­ler Los An­ge­les Times

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.

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