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Penny stymies Phillies in Giants debut

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PHILADELPHIA -- After a sensational and surprising debut with San Francisco, Brad Penny kept his eyes on the Red Sox game on TV as he dressed.

"Those are my buddies over there," he said. "I love all those guys."

Penny would still be with Boston if he pitched like he did against Philadelphia on Wednesday night. He threw five-hit ball over eight shutout innings in his first start with the Giants, leading the NL wild-card contenders to a 4-0 victory against the Phillies.

"It's more than we expected, but I just think this guy was on a mission tonight and it showed," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

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Penny (1-0) was back in his old All-Star form in his first outing since he was released last week by Boston. Penny went 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA with the Red Sox this season -- including 1-6 in his last 11 starts. Penny could be a huge boost to San Francisco's NL wild-card push if he can pitch like this the rest of September.

"Some things are hard to explain," Bochy said of Penny's Boston collapse, "and that's one of them."

Penny's lone jam came in the fifth inning when the first two batters reached base. He got All-Star Raul Ibanez to fly out, and escaped the inning without any further damage.

Ibanez, whose torrid first half got him voted an NL All-Star starter, continued his dreadful second-half slide. He went 0 for 3 and has only 10 hits in his past 75 at-bats. He hit 10 home runs in May.

Still, no one in the World Series champion Phillies lineup did much of anything against a suddenly-effective Penny.

The Red Sox might be nipping at the Yankees in the AL East if the righty pitched like this the past two months. It was Penny's longest outing in 28 starts this season and he nearly tossed his first complete game in three years.

"This is what you put a uniform on for, to get into the playoffs and play in the World Series," Penny said.

Penny was clocked at 97 mph in the first inning and his fastball remained in the mid-90s over 102 pitches for his first victory since July 24.

Penny said he felt no nerves as he took the mound for the first time since Aug. 21. His explanations for his performances in Boston was an odd one.

"A lot of those foul balls to first base that they catch for outs are foul balls in Fenway because there's no foul territory," Penny said. "It's an extended at-bat, and who knows what could happen? Plus it was the Yankees. There's not a lineup better than the Yankees in baseball."

Juan Uribe and Aaron Rowand each homered for the Giants, who won their 73rd game -- surpassing last season's total. The Giants trail Colorado by game in the wild-card race.

J.A. Happ (10-4) lost his second successive start for the Phillies.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said before the game the Giants were "full of effort and energy" and could be a dangerous team down the stretch. Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain give the Giants perhaps the best 1-2 starters in baseball and having Penny return to the form that saw him twice win 16 games with Los Angeles would bolster their playoff chances.

Jeremy Affeldt pitched a perfect ninth to close out the five-hitter.

Happ, a leading candidate for NL Rookie of the Year, allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. After a one-out walk in the sixth, Uribe hit a 1-2 pitch into the left field seats for his ninth home run that made it 3-0. Rowand, a former Phillie, followed with his 13th home run on the next pitch to help San Francisco go back-to-back for the fourth time this season.

The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Andres Torres hit the eighth consecutive fastball of the at-bat up the middle for a two-out RBI single.

Happ was thwarted in his bid to become the first Phillies rookie to win 11 games since Bob Walk in 1980. The four runs were the most he has allowed in a game in his past seven starts and only the fourth time in 19 starts this season he has allowed four or more runs.

The Phillies were shutout for the fifth time this season.

"We have trouble manufacturing runs," Manuel said. "If the right guys don't get on base and we don't run, we have a tough time scoring."

Notes

  • The Giants purchased the contracts of LHP Dan Runzler and C Buster Posey from Triple-A Fresno.
  • RHP Kyle Drabek and OF Michael Taylor are Philadelphia's winners of the Paul Owens Award for the best pitcher and player in the Phillies minor league system for 2008. Drabek went a combined 12-3 with a 3.19 ERA in 25 games. Taylor hit a combined .320 with 28 doubles, five triples, 20 home runs, 84 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
  • Phillies RHP Brett Myers (hip) threw one scoreless inning in a rehab assignment for Triple-A Leigh Valley.
 
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Brad Penny puts a bad summer behind him and pitches a gem for his new team.  (AP)
Brad Penny puts a bad summer behind him and pitches a gem for his new team. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Penny
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 2
San Francisco

J. Uribe
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Andres Torres, LF3011110 .250
Edgar Renteria, SS4010002 .261
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4000001 .330
    Ryan Rohlinger, 3B0000000 .111
Ryan Garko, 1B2110111 .271
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B1000010 .258
Juan Uribe, 2B3132100 .279
Aaron Rowand, CF4111005 .274
Nate Schierholtz, RF4110021 .278
Eli Whiteside, C4000031 .212
Brad Penny, P3000021 .000
   a- Fred Lewis, PH1000010 .270
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .500
Totals33484311  
a-struck out for Penny in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nate Schierholtz (17, Happ)
HR - Juan Uribe (9, Happ), Aaron Rowand (13, Happ)
RBI - Andres Torres (14), Juan Uribe 2 (34), Aaron Rowand (54)
2-OUT RBI - Andres Torres (7)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Penny-Renteria-Garko, Uribe-Renteria-Garko
San Francisco Giants
Brad Penny (W,8-8) 8500120 5.28
Jeremy Affeldt 1000020 1.78
WP - Brad Penny (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 102-64, Jeremy Affeldt 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 11-9
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 28, Jeremy Affeldt 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4020001 .244
Shane Victorino, CF4000021 .302
Chase Utley, 2B4000012 .300
Ryan Howard, 1B4010010 .275
Jayson Werth, RF2010100 .270
Raul Ibanez, LF3000003 .274
Pedro Feliz, 3B3000001 .274
Carlos Ruiz, C3010002 .244
J.A. Happ, P1000000 .077
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH1000000 .105
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .200
   b- Ben Francisco, PH1000001 .246
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
Totals3005014  
a-grounded out for Happ in the 6th
b-fouled out for Durbin in the 8th
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard, Rollins-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
J.A. Happ (L,10-4) 6844172 2.77
Chad Durbin 2000210 4.98
Jack Taschner 0.1000010 5.14
Tyler Walker 0.2000020 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 102-68, Chad Durbin 30-19, Jack Taschner 3-3, Tyler Walker 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 4-6, Chad Durbin 2-2
Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 26, Chad Durbin 7, Jack Taschner 1, Tyler Walker 2
Game Information
Attendance - 45086
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Chris Guccione