Penny is 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA in three outings since beating Milwaukee on June 11. He pitched well his last time out, allowing one run and six hits over six innings in a 1-0 loss at San Diego on Monday.
The Dodgers have dropped six of Penny’s last nine starts, scoring a total of 30 runs in that span.
“You just keep going out there, and keep your team in the game,” Penny said. “We just didn’t get that run in tonight. With runners in scoring position, we’re not coming through.”
The 27-year-old right-hander pitched well against the Angels on May 21, but left without a decision after allowing one run and five hits over seven innings in the Dodgers’ 3-1 loss. Penny will be pitching in Anaheim for the first time.
The Dodgers will try to get their offense going following a 7-0 loss to open the series Friday. They have lost nine of the first 11 games on their 13-game road trip, scoring just 26 runs in the process.
It would help if first baseman Hee Seop Choi could rediscover his power stroke. Choi, who homered in four straight games earlier this month, went 0-for-3 with a walk on Friday to drop his average to .071 (2-for-28) on the trip.
The Angels have won four straight and six of seven, improving to 7-3 on their 12-game homestand with Friday’s victory. Garret Anderson and Dallas McPherson each homered to support seven strong innings from right-hander John Lackey.
Second baseman Adam Kennedy continued his torrid stretch by going 2-for-3 on Friday. Kennedy is batting .455 (30-for-66) with nine runs scored over his last 20 games.
The Angels have outscored the Dodgers 21-7 through the first four meetings this season.