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Penny tosses gem as Dodgers handle Brewers

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LOS ANGELES -- Russell Martin has received a good number of curtain calls at Dodger Stadium during his brief big league career. None of them were like this one, however.

Martin tied a career high with four RBI despite getting a home run call reversed, and Los Angeles beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 Wednesday night as Brad Penny stranded six runners in scoring position through seven scoreless innings.

In the final meeting of the season between the two division leaders, a bench-clearing incident took place in the bottom of the fifth. But no punches were thrown and order was quickly restored.

Third-base umpire Sam Holbrook ruled that Martin's towering drive down the left-field line was a home run -- then called it foul after conferring with his three partners following an argument with Brewers manager Ned Yost.

"It's tough for those umpires to pick the ball up like that," Yost said. "From my angle, it looked like it hooked in front of the pole. I just walked out there. I didn't run, I didn't go crazy. I just said. 'I think you missed it. Can you get some help?' He said, 'Sure.' I think every umpire wants to get the call right. It was a tough call."

Martin, already back in the dugout after getting high-fives from his teammates, went back to the plate. Reliever Carlos Villanueva's next pitch was a fastball that buzzed over his head.

"I wasn't really sure if he was throwing at me," Martin said. "I mean, you never really know. I know he's got better command than that. So if he was trying to hit me, then he would have hit me, I think. There's a difference between throwing at you and just making a statement, I guess."

First-base coach Mariano Duncan didn't see it that way.

"For me to play the game for a while and now be a coach, I know exactly when somebody throws at somebody intentionally. He tried to show up Russell Martin and intimidate him," Duncan said. "Russell's the best player on our team right now, and we've got to do the best we can to protect every player on our team."

Martin drew a walk, glared at Villanueva on his way to first base, then said something to first baseman Prince Fielder. The real acrimony began when Duncan started jawing back and forth with someone in the Milwaukee dugout -- whom he later identified as Brewers first-base coach Ed Sedar -- and was held back by the 262-pound Fielder while the dugouts and bullpens emptied.

"He was the first guy I saw, but all of those guys were yelling at Russell because after he walked because he looked at the pitcher and made some comment," Duncan said. "That's when I started yelling, and then I heard Prince Fielder tell me to back off.

"I've got a great relationship with Fielder," Duncan added. "I remember him when he was 14 years old and I was playing with his dad in New York, so I can't believe that he was acting like that to me. But he knows that if he hit a home run that was questionable like that, then he came back to the plate and the pitcher threw a ball like that at him, I'm pretty sure that he would go out there and fight him -- because I know his attitude."

Penny (6-1) rebounded nicely from his worst outing of the season, scattering six hits after giving up eight runs over five innings in a 9-1 loss against the Angels last Friday at Anaheim. The right-hander struck out four, walked two and lowered his ERA to 2.26.

Chris Capuano (5-3) lost his third consecutive start, allowing four runs and eight hits over four innings with no walks and four strikeouts. The left-hander has given up 14 runs in 13 1/3 innings since pitching eight scoreless innings in a 5-0 win against Washington on May 7.

"He's kind of fighting his command," Yost said. "He's not making good pitches in big situations. He labored through the whole four innings. They outplayed us and outpitched us. We didn't do anything exceptionally well."

Martin cleared the bases with a double to the gap in right-center. Luis Gonzalez followed with a single after working the count to 3-2 against Capuano, who threw 32 pitches in the inning.

Martin is 7-for-11 against Capuano with a homer and seven RBI.

"Some guys you see the ball well off of, and he's just one of those guys I feel comfortable against when I'm at the plate," Martin said. "I'm sure he doesn't want to hear that."

Notes

  • RHP Brett Tomko, 1-5 with a 6.28 ERA, has been demoted to the bullpen after giving up five runs and eight hits in Monday's loss to Milwaukee. LHP Hong-Chi Kuo is the likely candidate to replace him in the rotation the next time the team needs a fifth starter, June 2 at Pittsburgh.
  • Wednesday marked exactly five years since the day the Dodgers tied a franchise record with nine home runs against the Brewers at Milwaukee -- four of them by Shawn Green to tie a major league record.
 
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Brad Penny is calm and collected against Milwaukee, allowing just six hits in seven scoreless innings.  (AP)
Brad Penny is calm and collected against Milwaukee, allowing just six hits in seven scoreless innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

B. Penny
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 2
K 4
Los Angeles

R. Martin
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 4
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B3010101 .248
Tony Gwynn Jr., RF4120014 .356
Prince Fielder, 1B4000023 .287
Bill Hall, CF4021001 .268
Johnny Estrada, C4010001 .284
Geoff Jenkins, LF4000011 .290
Tony Graffanino, 3B3000110 .187
Craig Counsell, SS3000111 .231
Chris Capuano, P0000000 .176
   a- Corey Hart, PH1010000 .264
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .000
   b- Kevin Mench, PH1010000 .265
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
   c- Gabe Gross, PH1000011 .217
Totals3218137  
a-hit a bunt single for Capuano in the 5th
b-doubled for Villanueva in the 7th
c-struck out for Shouse in the 9th
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks (9, Penny), Bill Hall (12, Penny), Kevin Mench (7, Penny)
SH - Chris Capuano (1)
RBI - Bill Hall (20)
SB - Tony Gwynn Jr. (6, 2nd base off Penny/Martin)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Geoff Jenkins 1
DP - Counsell-Weeks-Fielder
E - Rickie Weeks (2, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano (L,5-3) 4844040 4.13
Carlos Villanueva 2200100 2.61
Matt Wise 1111200 3.26
Brian Shouse 1100100 3.97
HBP - Kent (by Chris Capuano)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 84-54, Carlos Villanueva 29-16, Matt Wise 22-9, Brian Shouse 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 3-5, Carlos Villanueva 2-2, Matt Wise 1-2, Brian Shouse 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 21, Carlos Villanueva 7, Matt Wise 6, Brian Shouse 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5120012 .306
Juan Pierre, CF4220102 .270
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B4010016 .282
Jeff Kent, 2B2110100 .288
Russell Martin, C2114100 .314
Luis Gonzalez, LF4031001 .275
    Brady Clark, PR-LF0000000 .256
Andy LaRoche, 3B4000005 .206
Andre Ethier, RF4020011 .277
Brad Penny, P2000011 .200
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   a- Olmedo Saenz, PH0000100 .211
    Tony Abreu, PR0000000 .000
    Yhency Brazoban, P0000000 .000
Totals31512544  
a-walked for Beimel in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jeff Kent (13, Villanueva), Russell Martin (13, Capuano), Luis Gonzalez (6, Capuano)
SF - Russell Martin (4)
SH - Brad Penny (2)
RBI - Russell Martin 4 (32), Luis Gonzalez (16)
SB - Juan Pierre (17, 2nd base off Wise/Estrada), Luis Gonzalez (3, 2nd base off Capuano/Estrada)
CS - Jeff Kent (1, 3rd base by Villanueva/Estrada), Russell Martin (1, 2nd base by Villanueva/Estrada)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Kent-Garciaparra, Beimel-Furcal-Garciaparra
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad Penny (W,6-1) 7600240 2.26
Joe Beimel 1211000 3.80
Yhency Brazoban 1000130 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 94-63, Joe Beimel 16-11, Yhency Brazoban 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 5-11, Joe Beimel 2-0
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 28, Joe Beimel 4, Yhency Brazoban 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35609
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Sam Holbrook