Penny Solid but N.L. Stars Lose

Brad Penny fanned side in first inning and gave up a solo homer in the second but the National League lost 3-2 on a pair of ninth-inning runs. Nomar Garciaparra was one of the stars who did not see action in the game.

Penny, hitting 99 on the speed gun, nailed Ichiro Suzuki Seattle), David Jeter (New York) and David Ortiz (Boston) in the first inning, becoming only the second All-Star pitcher to strike out the side in the first inning (Pedro Martinez fanned the first four in 1999), then got Alex Rodriguez (New York) on a grounder to short to lead off the second.

Vladimir Guerrero (Anaheim), picked on a 1-1 fastball high and on the outside of the plate that registered 98 and sliced it into the right field stands for the first run of the game. Guerrero came into the game with a life-time .389 average against Penny.

Penny then retired Ivan Rodriguez (Texas) on a liner to second base and Vernon Wells (Toronto) on an easy fly to center field.

Until the ninth inning, Guerrero's home run was the only run allowed by the National League staff but a flurry of hits off Trevor Hoffman (San Diego) resulted in a 3-2 triumph at PNC Park.

Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra, tied for the league batting lead at .358 -- along with Andrew Jones of Atlanta and Scott Roland of St. Louis -- didn't get into the game but Nomar would only say good things about Penny. "It was a great experience," Garciaparra said. "Brad really did a good job out there. I was happy for him."

Garciaparra's father attended the game, as he had don the other five times he had been selected, and Nomar mouthed, "Hi, mom" when introduced before the game.

Garciaparra's first All-Star appearance was in 1997, the year he was as AL Rookie of the Year and second in the MVP balloting.

"They're all special, every All-Star Game. I never take it for granted. I appreciate the fans voting for me and my teammates an awful lot," he said.

Penny was the 14th Dodger to make an All-Star Game start, beginning with Whitlow Wyatt in 1941. The N.L won nine of those starts. Van Lingo Mungo was the first Dodger to see action, pitching in 1933, 1934 and 1937.

Don Drysdale, selected nine times and given the starting nod five times, is tied for the most All-Star wins, earning the victory in 1962 and 1969. He also leads in innings (19.1) and strikeouts (19).

Drysdale and Sandy Koufax were the first Dodgers to work in the same game (1965) and Claude Osteen, Don Sutton and Jim Brewer saw action in the 1973 game.
Dodger starters:

Brad Penny: 2006 (2-3)
Hideo Nomo: 1995 (3-2)
Fernando Valenzuela: 1981 5-4)
Don Sutton: 1977 (7-5)
Andy Messersmith: 1974 (7-2)
Don Drysdale*: 1959 (5-4)
Don Drysdale*: 1959 (L, 3-5)
Don Drysdale*: 1962 (W, 3-1)
Don Drysdale: 1964 (7-4)
Don Drysdale: 1968 (W, 1-0)
Sandy Koufax: 1966 (W, 2-1)
Johnny Podres*: 1962 (4-9)
Ralph Branca: 1948 (2-5)
Whit Wyatt: 1941 (5-7)
(* two games 1959-62)

  Decisions- starters:
Don Drysdale (L, 1959)
Don Drysdale (W, 1967)
Don Drysdale (W, 1968)
Sandy Koufax (W, 1966)
Don Newcombe (L, 1949)

Claude Osteen (W, 1970)
Jerry Reuss (W, 1980)
Van Mungo (L, 1934)
Eric Gagne (L, 2003)