Koufaxian praise, in fact.
The Dodgers got the kind of dominating performance they've long been expecting from Brad Penny, who was excellent in a road victory over the Marlins on Monday.
Penny had no-hit stuff from the start, and though he didn't get a no-no, he managed several notable accomplishments. He whiffed 10 batters in the first four innings and was in total control for all of the seven innings he pitched. As the Elias Sports Bureau reports, it was as dominant a strikeout-to-walk performance since the days of Sandy Koufax. More importantly from a present perspective, it showed what Penny is capable of -- being the ace of a staff, a team leader, and a pitcher capable of getting his squad back into postseason play.
This despite pitching on the fly, according to Tony Jackson:
...it would have been nice if someone would have told [Penny] before he went out for the first inning tonight that his fly was unzipped (it was clearly visible in a still photo that by the end of the game had already been developed, framed and hung on the clubhouse wall, with a red circle around the area in question.)