Dodger Pitching Silences Giant Bats in 5-0 Win

Strong Penny start, Kent HR give Joe Torre first win with new team
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2008 11:42 PM CDT
Los Angeles Dodgers closer Takashi Saito celebrates after throwing out San Francisco Giants Ray Durham for the last out of the baseball game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, March 31, 2008.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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(Newser) – Four Dodgers pitchers combined to throw a five-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over the Giants. Brad Penny (1-0), making his first ever opening-day start, tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings. "Pitching is what it's all about, and today was a very easy game to watch," Joe Torre said about his first game in Dodger blue, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Jeff Kent’s two-run first inning home run off San Francisco starter Barry Zito (0-1) gave Los Angeles a 3-0 lead that they would not relinquish. Penny added a bit of insurance for him self when his pop-up was dropped and turned into a fielder’s choice which scored James Loney from third. Andruw Jones went 1-for-4 in his Los Angeles debut. (Read more baseball stories.)