Dodger Stadium | 10:10 | Maholm vs. Brad Penny | Box
This one was over early and it was bad. Paul Maholm gave up six runs in the first two innings and Brad Penny was sharp, allowing just one unearned run to pick up the win.
The only bright spot was a hit from Nate McLouth to extend his hitting streak. Jose Bautista continues to struggle. He was 0-4 and made his fifth error of the season. Last season, Bautista remained errorless until May 22nd and then went on to make 15 for the whole season.
Off day today to fly to Chicago. Hate those three game western swings.
Batboys in LA beware: Brad Penny is lurking. Don’t let him lure you into a milk drinking dare. Penny is a pitcher that I think is poised to break out and win 20 games this year. He has won 16 each of the past two seasons. Last year he posted a career best ERA+.
Penny has made 11 career starts against the Steel City Nine. He is 3-2 with a 4.24 ERA. He had a pair of no decisions in 2007 against the Buccos. Jason Bay has done well versus Penny. He is 6-15 with a homer.
Paul Maholm makes his third trip to the hill. He is looking for his first win against LA. In three starts he is 0-2 with an ERA over 6.00. He lost his one and only start at Dodger Stadium.
The current batch of Trolley Dodgers hasn’t had much success against Maholm. As a crew they are hitting just .231 against him. Nobody has a homer and nobody has more than a pair of knocks.
If anyone is wondering what happend to former Pirate reliever Frank Brooks, wonder no more. He is a member of the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League. The manager of the Patriots is former Cy Young Award winner and author Sparky Lyle. Anyone who hasn’t read Sparky’s book The Bronx Zoo should either run out and get it or risk having Sparky sit naked on your next birthday cake.