Marlins' Penny Proves Too Tough For Phils Offense

Brad Penny (2-1) just breezed through the Phillies lineup for seven innings Wednesday night, barely allowing a ball to even leave the infield. When the bullpen took over, the Phillies offense showed some signs of life, but not enough to bounce back for their fifth straight win. Instead, the Marlins held on for a 3-1 win.

Featuring a matchup of two of the game's better young pitchers, it figured that we were in for a pitcher's duel. Brad Penny was a little stronger then Brett Myers (0-2), who didn't pitch badly, but was touched for three runs over seven innings.

Myers worked himself into trouble in the fourth inning and pushed the game's first run across with a bases loaded walk to Todd Hollandsworth. Phillie killer Mike Mordecai the grounded into a fielder's choice to give the Marlins a 2-0 lead through the first four innings. The Marlins picked up their final run in the fifth inning when Juan Encarnacion singled to score Ivan Rodriguez who had singled and stole second.

Meanwhile, the Phillies managed just two hits and worked three walks against Penny, who had his best outing of the season. Miguel Tejera took over for Penny in the eighth and the Phillies saw some light at the end of the tunnel. With runners on first and second, Jim Thome singled to make it a 3-1 game. Vladimir Nunez relieved Tejera and after walking Pat Burrell to load the bases, got Mike Lieberthal to hit an inning ending ground ball to thirdbaseman Mike Lowell.

Braden Looper came on to look for his second save of the season in the ninth inning. The Phillies have generally been tough on Looper and Wednesday was no exception. Looper was touched for a hit and a walk before David Bell hit a long fly ball to left that stayed in the park and was tracked down on the warning track by leftfielder Todd Hollandsworth to end the game.

The two teams will match up Thursday afternoon for the series finale when Kevin Millwood (2-0) faces Carl Pavano (1-2).

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