Penny's pitching has Marlins on brink of winning World Series
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Penny was pounded for 11 hits and 11 runs in six innings in his first two starts of the postseason, and was used out of the bullpen three times. The righthander was almost forced to start Game 1 of the World Series due to rest issues facing other Florida pitchers after a grueling seven games against the Chicago
That move to start Penny has twice paid off for the
Penny then pumped his fist in exuberance coming off the mound.
"It's a dream to pitch in the World Series," Penny said following the game. "To beat a team like that, I got the most respect in the world for that team. I mean, you can't explain it."
To make matters worse for the
"I was swinging at the first pitch no matter what it was," said Penny. "It happened to be over the plate...happened to get lucky."
After building a five-run lead, the
"Our guys, they seem to be able to get out of most of those jams most of the time," said
ONE WIN AWAY FROM MAGICAL ENDING
McKeon's club fought back from 10 games under .500 early in the year and won the National League wild card the final few days of the regular season. Then the
Turn the page to the World Series, and McKeon's men have once again proven their toughness. Following consecutive 6-1 losses in Games 2 and 3, the
Several players stepped to the forefront Thursday night, including Penny and
"I think what we're looking at is one out of one," said Lowell. "We've taken it one game at a time, especially in Chicago when our backs were against the wall. I think we took Game 5 and focused on that. Then we got past that test and went to Game 6. I don't think we're going to take this any different. I think we're going to look at Game 6, try to win that game. If not, we'll try to win Game 7. I don't think we're wrapped up in, 'Hey, all we have to do is go 1-1.' We're focused. I think we know it's going to be a tough battle. But I think we'll be ready."
only the franchise's second playoff appearance, their players are brimming with confidence due to the fact that they can finish off the team with the highest payroll in the majors. Yet, Penny remains cautious.
"It's not over yet," said Penny. "We're one game away. We're real excited. We've got to go out and take care of business."
BECKETT FOR GAME 6?
McKeon remained mum on his starter for Game 6, but it could be
The 23-year-old Beckett pitched an incredible game Tuesday night, but the
After throwing a two-hit shutout against the
"We brought him back on two days' rest and he did a fabulous job in Chicago," said McKeon. "So I think any of those guys will tell you they want to pitch. If they're strong and healthy, I don't see any problem with that. Because if you go to the seventh game, you're in the same situation. But three days and four days, I think it's in your mind, really. I don't think it makes any difference. Years ago, they used to go three days, you only had four-man rotations. You went every four days. We'll see how both of those guys feel and make that determination. If they're ready to go, we'll let them go."