Phillies 4, Dodgers 1
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Brett Myers felt much better on the Dodger Stadium mound than in the bullpen.
Myers pitched two-hit ball for eight scoreless innings and struck out a season-high nine, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles.
“I didn’t feel good in the ‘pen at all. But they always say the game doesn’t start in the ‘pen, it starts out on that mound with the first pitch you throw,” Myers said after Philadelphia’s fifth win in six games.
“Everything felt good coming out of my hand today, and I wasn’t holding anything back. I was just trying to throw it as hard as I could on every pitch and I was locating my fastball pretty good.”
The Dodgers appeared deflated after losing new pitcher Brad Penny in the first inning to a strained right biceps—and Myers took full advantage.
The right-hander retired his first 11 batters and 16 of 17 before Brent Mayne lined a leadoff single to right in the sixth inning for the Dodgers’ first hit. Jason Grabowski singled with two outs in the eighth for the other hit off Myers.
“I got away with some pitches,” he said. “They were just swinging and missing on a lot of pitches, and even the mistakes they were fouling off.”
“I know Myers came in with a high earned run average and has given up some home runs, but over the last year or so when we play the Phillies and he has pitched, we don’t see a whole lot of that,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.
“We see games like the one that got pitched against us today. There wasn’t enough offense to win today. We didn’t mount a threat until the ninth inning.”
The Phillies finished 6-7 on their longest road trip of the season after losing six of the first seven games. They took two of three against the Dodgers and won the season series 5-1.
“You’ve got to give these guys in here all the credit for hanging in there and never quitting,” manager Larry Bowa said.
Penny, who allowed just two infield hits in eight scoreless innings last Tuesday to beat Pittsburgh in his Dodgers debut, got hurt on his 14th pitch of the game.
“At first, I thought I might have a cramp or something,” Penny said. “I felt it when I released the ball at full extension. I felt fine warming up before the game. Anytime something like that happens, it’s frustrating. But at least it wasn’t my elbow or shoulder.”
Assistant trainer Matt Wilson and Tracy came out to check on Penny, who threw one warmup pitch and jumped off the mound writhing in pain before Wilson led him to the clubhouse. Penny will stay in Los Angeles for an MRI on Monday instead of traveling with the team to Cincinnati.
“His injury will be something really tough to swallow if it’s something major,” Green said. “He’s a key guy going down the wire and we need him at 100 percent.”
Penny, who won two games in last year’s World Series against the New York Yankees, joined the NL West-leading Dodgers just before the trade deadline in a deal that sent Paul Lo Duca, Guillermo Mota and Juan Encarnacion to Florida. But there is no reason to think he was damaged goods.
“I’ve been told that there is no history of that with him—nothing that would even remotely suggest that there’s been any trouble, as far as a biceps situation is concerned,” Tracy said.
Penny (9-9) was charged with the loss. He made only one pitch to cleanup hitter Jim Thome before Giovanni Carrara replaced him. The Phillies didn’t get another hit until Lou Collier’s leadoff single in the fifth.
Jimmy Rollins led off the seventh with a double to left field off Grabowski’s glove, Rollins stole third and scored on Abreu’s fly to left. Marlon Byrd and pinch-hitter Placido Polanco each hit an RBI single in the ninth against Duaner Sanchez.
The Phillies lost third baseman David Bell in the second inning when he grounded out and never made it out of the batter’s box because of back spasms.
Tracy said Carrara will not take Penny’s spot in the rotation if Penny can’t make his next scheduled start Friday in Chicago. … Myers beat the Dodgers 4-0 with a five-hit shutout on May 20.