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Penny hits grand slam as Cardinals batter Angels

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ST. LOUIS -- Swinging a bat was just fine for Brad Penny, who hit a grand slam in the third inning. Pitching was another matter.

The St. Louis Cardinals right-hander aggravated an upper back injury from the previous start and had to leave the cushion he created with the bullpen after only three innings of a 9-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

The Cardinals were unsure of the severity of the injury and scheduled an MRI exam for Saturday morning.

"It was something I was trying to deal with between starts," Penny said. "I couldn't have pitched that last inning, there was no way. The first inning, I felt incredible. The second inning, I felt OK and the third inning, I started feeling a little worse."

Penny said he didn't inform the team after his last start in Cincinnati, in which he allowed seven runs on 13 hits in five innings, that something felt wrong. Manager Tony La Russa said that wasn't unusual, that players are constantly judging whether they're hurt or just sore, but admitted concern.

"My mood stinks, so you'll have to suffer with me," he told reporters. "I'm definitely worried. I'd like to find out."

General manager John Mozeliak said right-hander P.J. Walters was being recalled from Triple-A Memphis, but wasn't certain who he'd be replacing. The Cardinals could place either Penny or reliever Blake Hawksworth (groin) or both on the 15-day disabled list.

"I don't know the move," Mozeliak said. "We'll just see how things go. One at a time."

Penny and Joel Pineiro, the pitcher he replaced in the Cardinals' rotation, were both gone after three innings.

Pineiro (3-5) entered with 17 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings, but was clubbed for nine runs on nine hits against the team that allowed him to leave as a free agent after a 15-win season. Penny was shaky for the second straight start while giving up four runs on five hits.

"Just overall, it was embarrassing," Pineiro said. "They just hit me around."

Jason Motte (2-1), the third St. Louis pitcher, struck out two in two perfect innings.

Felipe Lopez followed Penny's third career homer, and first since 2003, with a solo shot that barely cleared the wall in right and was the first confirmed by video replay at Busch Stadium.

Lopez also had an RBI triple and Colby Rasmus had a two-run triple for the Cardinals, who are 4-1 since Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday switched spots in the order, although the pair was a combined 0 for 4 with an intentional walk the first three innings while St. Louis was building a 9-4 lead.

Tied at 4 after two, the teams combined for 10 hits, a wild pitch, passed ball and hit batter before the first strikeout: Juan Rivera to end the top of the third.

Mike Napoli had a two-run homer and Torii Hunter had two hits for the Angels, whose starters have a 1.70 ERA in 20 wins and 7.65 ERA in 24 losses.

"A lot of offense, that's for sure," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Both bullpens settled it down. Our guys kept us in the game and their guys kept the lead."

Skip Schumaker drew an intentional walk to load the bases with two outs in the third before Penny, who had been 2 for 18 with a pair of singles, hit the first pitch from Pineiro well over the left-field wall for an 8-4 lead.

"I left a hanging slider to Penny," Pineiro said. "I knew he was coming out swinging."

Penny threw a few warmup tosses before the top of the fourth before catcher Yadier Molina signaled to the dugout that something was wrong, and the right-hander walked off the mound after a short meeting with La Russa and a trainer. Penny thought he might have gotten stiff sitting in the dugout in the third when the Cardinals batted around.

Pineiro threw a four-hit shutout against Oakland in his previous start, following 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Rays. A 15-game winner for the Cardinals last season, his first start against St. Louis since 2004 had hideous results.

The Cardinals totaled 14 runs the first four games of the homestand.

Angels starters entered with a 2.44 ERA over the previous 13 games, a number that ballooned to 3.25 after Pineiro's shortest outing since Aug. 5, 2006, when he allowed four runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings for the Mariners against the Athletics. He worked into the fourth, but did not get anybody out, May 5, 2008, at Colorado when he was with St. Louis.

Reliever Trevor Bell followed Pineiro and struck out four in three scoreless innings.

Notes

  • Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson bounced a ceremonial first pitch before the game. Fans received miniature Gibson statues.
  • Scioscia said Maicer Izturis, eligible to come off the DL on Friday from a shoulder injury, has extended his throwing to 120 feet and could return next week.
  • Angels pitchers issued two intentional walks after totaling four the first 43 games.
 
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Brad Penny smacks a grand slam but has to leave early in the fourth inning.  (US Presswire)
Brad Penny smacks a grand slam but has to leave early in the fourth inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

F. Lopez
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Anaheim

M. Napoli
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Erick Aybar, SS3000100 .237
Howard Kendrick, 2B5010001 .269
Bobby Abreu, RF5010003 .267
Torii Hunter, CF4120001 .289
Kendry Morales, 1B3110001 .283
Juan Rivera, LF4111022 .255
Mike Napoli, C3222010 .242
Brandon Wood, 3B4000013 .157
Joel Pineiro, P1000000 .000
   a- Michael Ryan, PH0001000 .154
    Trevor Bell, P1000010 .000
    Scot Shields, P0000000 .000
    Jason Bulger, P0000000 .000
   b- Reggie Willits, PH0000100 .200
Totals3358425  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Pineiro in the 4th
b-walked for Bulger in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mike Napoli (8, Boggs)
HR - Mike Napoli (4, Penny)
SF - Michael Ryan (1)
SH - Erick Aybar (4)
RBI - Juan Rivera (20), Mike Napoli 2 (11), Michael Ryan (1)
SB - Torii Hunter (5, 2nd base off McClellan/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Mike Napoli (3)
Los Angeles Angels
Joel Pineiro (L,3-5) 3999312 5.00
Trevor Bell 3100040 4.05
Scot Shields 1100110 6.57
Jason Bulger 1000010 3.94
IBB - Pujols by Joel Pineiro, by Schumaker
HBP - Ludwick (by Jason Bulger)
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 71-42, Trevor Bell 48-26, Scot Shields 18-10, Jason Bulger 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 8-0, Trevor Bell 1-4, Scot Shields 1-1
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 21, Trevor Bell 10, Scot Shields 5, Jason Bulger 3
St. Louis Cardinals
Felipe Lopez, SS5222020 .258
Ryan Ludwick, RF3021110 .297
Matt Holliday, LF5100004 .290
Albert Pujols, 1B3100100 .316
Colby Rasmus, CF4012030 .278
David Freese, 3B3120101 .310
Yadier Molina, C4110002 .263
Skip Schumaker, 2B3220110 .240
Brad Penny, P2114001 .158
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Mather, PH1000000 .186
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
   b- Jon Jay, PH1000002 .292
    Kyle McClellan, P00000001.000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
Totals34911947  
a-flied out for Boggs in the 5th
b-grounded out for Motte in the 7th
Batting
2B - David Freese (10, Bell), Yadier Molina (7, Pineiro), Skip Schumaker (6, Pineiro)
3B - Felipe Lopez (1, Pineiro), Colby Rasmus (2, Pineiro)
HR - Felipe Lopez (3, Pineiro), Brad Penny (1, Pineiro)
RBI - Felipe Lopez 2 (8), Ryan Ludwick (18), Colby Rasmus 2 (19), Brad Penny 4 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Felipe Lopez 2 (2), Ryan Ludwick (6), Colby Rasmus 2 (8), Brad Penny 4 (4)
CS - Ryan Ludwick (3, 2nd base by Bulger/Napoli)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Colby Rasmus (2, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Brad Penny 3544011 3.23
Mitchell Boggs 2211100 3.72
Jason Motte (W,2-1) 2000020 3.38
Kyle McClellan 1100020 1.86
Dennys Reyes 1000100 0.73
HBP - Morales (by Brad Penny), Napoli (by Kyle McClellan)
WP - Brad Penny (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 48-33, Mitchell Boggs 32-18, Jason Motte 22-14, Kyle McClellan 22-14, Dennys Reyes 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 6-2, Mitchell Boggs 3-3, Jason Motte 4-0, Dennys Reyes 2-1
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 15, Mitchell Boggs 9, Jason Motte 6, Kyle McClellan 5, Dennys Reyes 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44111
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Bill Hohn