Yeah, we've already talked about this. And yes, Jake Peavy struck out 16 in a game earlier this season (though unlike the Dodgers last night, the Padres lost that game). But in the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, we wanted to add a couple more commendations to the long list reflecting Brad Penny's awesome performance yesterday.
According to ESPN.com, here are some notes on Penny's pitching:
Let's also break down the box score:
- Mark Jacobs whiffed three times.
- Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Miguel Olivo, and Eric Reed all whiffed twice. Joe Borchard also whiffed twice, though one strikeout was (very surprisingly) with Rudy Seanez on the mound.
- Josh Willingham struck out once. The starting pitcher, Ricky Nolasco, struck out once as well, meaning that 13 of Penny's 14 Ks were to legitimate hitters.
- Miguel Cabrera was the only starter in the lineup to not get fanned by Penny; Cabrera ended up going 1-for-4 with a single to shortstop.
Penny struck out five of this first six batters. He struck out seven of his first nine batters, which sounds extremely Borg-esque when you say it aloud. He struck out ten of his first 13 batters, through four. He struck out 12 of his first 17 batters, through five. Penny got his last two strikeouts in the seventh, stranding a man at third.
His final line, 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 14 Ks, 0 HR. ERA for the season is 1.39. Amazing. Penny is now 4-0 on the year.
For his next start, Penny should come out with his fly unzipped again. In fact, every Dodger pitcher should follow suit.