Penny leads Giants past Padres in home debut
The pumped-up Penny dazzled in his home debut and endeared himself with the crowd by showing some emotion,
Penny struck out six and walked one over seven sharp innings in his first start at AT&T Park. He won at Philadelphia in impressive fashion Wednesday, two days after he signed with the
Gonzalez admired his drive to dead center before starting a slow trot. Penny took issue with that and began yelling toward Gonzalez as he made his way to home. The umpires rushed out and so did San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy.
“I got a little carried away,” Penny said. “I was excited and I was having fun out there. I’m someone who wears my emotions on my sleeve. … I was fired up. They were talking. It’s not a one-way street. If I get caught up in it, I do it.”
Two batters later, Penny pumped both arms in the direction of San Diego’s dugout after a called third strike to
Penny’s teammates have quickly come to appreciate his spirit, not to mention his mammoth mound presence.
“He was yelling,” catcher
Penny (2-0) didn’t give up a hit until Venable’s triple leading off the fifth. The
After the home run, Penny retired the final five batters he faced.
“He popped off after Adrian’s home run. I don’t know why,” San Diego manager Bud Black said. “Adrian did the same thing 36 times running around the bases. I don’t know why but he gave our dugout some kind of gesture.”
When Bochy ran out to calm Penny, he told the pitcher to keep his composure because he needed him to stay in the game.
“He pitches with a lot of emotion,” Bochy said. “It probably got away from him a little bit. He’s intense.”
Penny previously pitched for the
“This is the first time I’ve been to San Francisco and not been booed,” he said.
Uribe tripled to start the second and scored on a wild pitch by
Uribe hit a three-run shot in the seventh for his eighth career multihomer game.
San Francisco bounced back after losing 2-1 in 12 innings Sunday at Milwaukee on
With Sanchez back at second base, Uribe moved to third base and Sandoval to first – a lineup Bochy says he may stick with for a while. Uribe has been hitting so well Bochy said he can’t afford not to keep him in there.
“That is ironic,” Black said. “Back-to-back at-bats like that especially coming in Los Angeles and then San Francisco. What are the chances of that? It doesn’t happen often.”
Uribe, 0 for 5 on Sunday, last had a two-homer game on Sept. 5, 2008, against the