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Penny, Dodgers shut down Rockies

Apr 12, 2007 - 6:12 AM LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Once Brad Penny survived an early jam, the Colorado Rockies never had a chance.

Penny and two relievers combined on a two-hitter to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-0 victory over the Rockies in the rubber game of their three-game set.

Following an impressive performance in his season debut, Penny allowed just two hits in 6 1/3 innings to improve to 2-0.

"I felt like I got into a good groove after the third and got control of my pitches," Penny said. "It was good to get some runs on the board and work with a little cushion."

A 16-game winner and All-Star game starter last year, Penny walked the bases loaded in the first inning but escaped unscathed by getting Brad Hawpe to ground into a fielder's choice.

"It seemed like no matter what I threw it was not a strike early in the game," Penny said.

Penny walked four and struck out three in raising his record against the Rockies to 11-2 in 17 lifetime starts. After that, Colorado managed just a pair of singles in dropping below .500 (4-5) for the season.

Relievers Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito finished up, with Saito logging the ninth to earn his fifth save in as many chances.

The Dodgers managed to capitalize on their best scoring threat against Rockies starter Jason Hirsh in the third inning. All the damage came with two out.

"I felt like I pitched a good game," Hirsh said. "I just ran into some trouble in the third inning after getting the first two guys out in the inning. I left the ball up in the zone the rest of the inning and they hit me pretty hard."

Juan Pierre and Russell Martin each singled and then pulled off a double steal. Nomar Garciaparra followed with a two-run single, giving Penny all the runs he needed.

"The key to that inning was the double steal by Pierre and Martin that set the table up for us," Garciaparra said. "I went after the first pitch and got a pitch to drive and just hit it hard."

Garciaparra took second base on a balk by Hirsh and scored on Jeff Kent's single to left field.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    COLORADO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    LA DODGERS 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 x 3 7 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: COL - JASON HIRSH, JEREMY AFFELDT (6TH), TAYLOR BUCHHOLZ (7TH),
    BRIAN FUENTES (8TH) AND CHRIS IANNETTA
    LOS - BRAD PENNY, JONATHAN BROXTON (7TH), TAKASHI SAITO
    (9TH

    Apr 12 12:45 AM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: T Buchholz relieved J Affeldt.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0
    LA DODGERS 3 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: B Clark (.400, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Apr 12 12:15 AM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - PITCHING CHANGE
    COL: TAYLOR BUCHHOLZ (0-0, 27.00) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0, LA DODGERS 3
    DUE UP FOR LADODGERS: B CLARK (.400, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Apr 12 12:15 AM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: S Finley in center field.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0
    LA DODGERS 3 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: B Clark (.400, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Apr 12 12:15 AM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    COLORADO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    LA DODGERS 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 7 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: COL - JEREMY AFFELDT (OUT)
    LOS - JONATHAN BROXTON

    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: B CLARK (.400, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    J PIERRE (.216, 1-FOR-3)
    R MARTIN (.333, 1-FOR-3)

    Apr 12 12:13 AM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    COLORADO 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    LA DODGERS 0 0 3 0 3 5 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: COL - JASON HIRSH
    LOS - BRAD PENNY

    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: W TAVERAS (.154, 0-FOR-2)
    K MATSUI (.308, 0-FOR-1, BB)
    G ATKINS (.267, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Apr 11 11:33 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF KENT SCORED NOMAR GARCIAPARRA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J KENT ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0
    LA DODGERS 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: L GONZALEZ (.310, 1-FOR-1)

    Rockies vs. DodgersApr 11 11:16 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NOMAR GARCIAPARRA SCORED JUAN PIERRE AND RUSSELL
    MARTIN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, N GARCIAPARRA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0
    LA DODGERS 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J KENT (.276, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Rockies vs. DodgersApr 11 11:13 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    COLORADO 0 0 0 1 0
    LA DODGERS 0 0 0 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: COL - JASON HIRSH
    LOS - BRAD PENNY

    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J KENT (.276, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
    L GONZALEZ (.286, 2 HR, 4 RBI)
    W VALDEZ (.438, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Apr 11 10:37 PM