Dear Brad Penny,
I understand why you would be salty at the Dodgers. After all, they paid you $2 million just to go away. (We all should be so unwanted.) Your Dodger-hating excitement upon joining the Giants was understandable, and you backed it up in your first game against them, in San Francisco. You and Larry Bowa even kissed and made up after your public feud, a nice touch of civility in an otherwise ugly war of words.
So when the Dodgers touched you up for a most uncivil five earned runs in the first inning today, it was a huge relief. Not only do the Dodgers clinch the season series against the Giants, but it gave the team a much-needed offensive workout as the post-season looms. You, Brad Penny, crashed back to earth. Congratulations, you're now officially a San Francisco Giant.
You also gave up back-to-back homers to Matt Kemp and James Loney en route to being knocked out in the third inning. Meanwhile, Jon Garland went eight strong innings, giving up seven hits and only one (unearned) run — making his case for starting in the playoffs. Which are becoming more of a reality with each passing day.
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