Penny prevents old club from boosting lead
Penny kept his emotions in check and worked seven strong innings to beat his former club,
“Honest to God, I swear, I don’t care who we’re playing,” Penny said. “We’re in a playoff race and we can’t lose to anyone.”
Los Angeles’ lead in the
“There’s no getting around it, it was a must-win for us,” San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy said.
“I don’t think you make it big,” outfielder
Uribe had three hits, as did
“The way the first two games had gone – we got beat up pretty good – we knew what was at stake today,” Bochy said.
“You’re happy when you win two out of three, but when you win the first two you get a little greedy,” Torre said.
Penny (3-0) has a perfect record since signing with the
Before his stint with Boston, Penny spent four-plus seasons Los Angeles. The burly right-hander posted back-to-back 16-win seasons in 2006 and ’07 then was slowed by shoulder trouble last year. Third-base coach Larry Bowa questioned Penny’s work ethic last year and Penny left on sour terms. Those two talked Saturday to clear the air.
“That’s all over with,” Penny said. “I think when I pitch with emotion I’m a little more focused.”
Uribe homered in the second to put San Francisco ahead. The
Billingsley was tagged for eight hits and three runs in four innings, but he struck out six and didn’t walk a batter for the fifth time in 2008.
“I’m not getting hit around that hard but I do expect more out of myself,” Billingsley said. “I’m just trying to figure something out and get turned around.”