Penny not pleased with opening start

Penny not pleased with opening start

LOS ANGELES -- It's a sign of just how good Brad Penny has become, that he can pitch 6 2/3 innings of a combined shutout and come away saying he struggled.

In his first Opening Day start, Penny allowed four hits and two walks Monday in the Dodgers' 5-0 win over the Giants.

"I didn't have command basically the whole game," said Penny. "I was all over the place. They swung and got me out of jams and the defense played good."

Penny said he tried to approach the game like any other, although it wasn't easy. As he started warmups in left field, he was repeatedly interrupted by the parade of former Dodgers participating in the pregame 50th anniversary ceremony, which delayed the first pitch until 1:32 p.m. PT.

"I just tried to keep my emotions under control," he said. "I tried to go out with the same incentive to win every game. This game was no more important than tomorrow's game."

Penny is 33-13 since the start of the 2006 season.

"From the third inning on, he was able to locate his splitty," catcher Russell Martin said. "He wasn't throwing as hard as he normally does, but that will come."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.