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Penny wasn’t economical enough with his pitches to get beyond the fifth, but he kept the Marlins in the game. Just one of the two runs he allowed was earned. The unearned run came during a laborious, 27-pitch third that would have been avoided with better defense.
With a man on first and one out, Penny got Jay Bruce to ground a pitch to first. Garrett Jones let it get past him and was charged with the error. Instead of a possible inning-ending 3-6-3 double play, the Reds down 2-1 put runners at the corners.
Todd Frazier tied the game with a single up the middle, but Marcell Ozuna threw out Bruce at the plate trying to score from second. Penny in walking the next two batters he faced threw eight of 11 pitches out of the zone. Skip Schumaker followed and got ahead 2-0 before lining out on Penny’s 27th and final pitch of the inning.
The Reds, who went 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position off Penny, squared up plenty of pitches but totaled just four hits. They also drew four walks, just five fewer than Penny issued during his 27 2/3 innings at Triple-A New Orleans.
In terms of stuff, Penny’s fastball sat 90-92 and touched 94 a handful of times. His curve was decent, but he didn’t find the zone enough with his changeup.
“Obviously, my command wasn’t what it normally is,” said Penny, who threw 56.8 percent of 95 pitches for strikes. “Days like that, you have to battle and try to keep the team in the game. It’s only going to get better from here.
“I had a [some] butterflies. I was a little nervous. I was lucky to get out of that with a ‘W.’”
Bruce welcomed back Penny to the major leagues by depositing his ninth pitch deep into the right-field bleachers. Penny fell behind 3-1 and Bruce unloaded on the ensuing 91-mph offering to tie the game. [Emphasis added]
Thanks, Bobm. I guess you can still win with 90-92 in this game.
Heck, Bartolo says you can still win with 87-88.
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