Last night was Brad Penny‘s first start in the majors since late September of 2011. In that outing, Penny chalked up a “W” for the Detroit Tigers.
A period of ten years has passed since Penny was last in the Marlins rotation. He made the most of this situation.
For the game, Penny hurled five innings, allowing four hits, two runs (one earned) while walking four and striking out three. He received the win for his 95-pitch effort. Of those 95 pitches, 54 were strikes. He faced 23 Cincinnati Reds batters. Not striking numbers, but it did keep the Marlins slim postseason chances alive. MLB.com via Baseball Prospectus has the Marlins with a 4.7% chance of making the postseason.
It wasn’t a tidy effort, but it will do.
It was also his first win since that last game in which he started: September 25, 2011.
In early 2012, Penny signed a deal with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan’s Pacific League. His debut was nowhere near a success, and Penny requested to be removed from that debut after allowing six runs in only 3.1 innings. He claimed he had hurt his elbow. Two examinations showed no damage, and he was released from the team in early May. Later that year, Penny would join the San Francisco Giants and would pitch strictly out of the bullpen.
Last season, he did not appear in any MLB or MiLB game. The Kansas City Royals presented Penny an opportunity to return to baseball this past January when they signed him to a minor-league deal, but Penny was released in early March. And the wait began. In mid-June, Penny inked a minor-league deal with the Marlins.
He appeared in seven games in the Marlins organization as he prepared for the change to once again pitch for the team that had provided him his major league debut.
With the Marlins recently trading Jacob Turner and the recent trip to the DL for Henderson Alvarez, you have to wonder if Penny will get another shot at a start for Miami. Alvarez is due to return on the 14th of this month. That would be the day in which Penny would start again.
I don’t think we need to look any deeper into this. This may have been Penny’s Marlins swan song.