Newly acquired P Brad Penny took a shutout into the 7th inning of San Francisco’s 7-2 defeat of the Dodgers Sunday, a result that left the Giants within 4.5 games of the Rockies for the NL Wild Card (with Colorado coming to town this week). A day prior, Penny received a good luck message from an unexpected source, LA third base coach Larry Bowa, formerly a vocal critic of the ex-Dodger starter. Perhaps presently, too, if the following quotes collected by the LA Daily News’ Gideon Rubin are anything to go by.
“Me and Larry talked and it’s over with,” Penny said. “We both apologize. He wished me the best of luck and I wished him the best of luck.
“That’s the last you’re going to hear about it.”
Bowa wouldn’t talk specifics about a meeting he said was private, but he did acknowledge some misunderstanding about Penny’s old workout program fueled the exchange. He said he was unaware Penny was working out at his Los Angeles home instead of at Dodger Stadium.
“I never questioned his injury, I questioned his work ethic,” Bowa said Saturday. “I questioned the dedication to going to meetings and helping the young kids out about how to pitch to certain guys.”
Dodgers manager Joe Torre has refused to weigh in on the situation in the past and said he was unaware of Saturday’s meeting. He apparently doesn’t share Bowa’s view of Penny.
“Brad and I had a fine relationship,” Torre said. “We never had any issues. As far as I was concerned, when he was up to pitching physically he went out there and worked at it.”