Los Angeles — The Dodgers accomplished what they needed to do in winning the Freeway Series with a 4-3 win over the Angels at Dodger Stadium. While the game itself played out in a usual fashion, how it ended was unusual.
The game was called in the bottom of the fifth inning when water started flowing onto the warning track just past the Dodger dugout.
Dodger President Stan Kasten met with the media after the game with manager Dave Roberts and spoke about what happened.
“Apparently in the middle of the of the fifth inning there was a pipe backup, in two different levels of the stadium,” Kasten said, “we don’t know exactly where the backup was or what caused it. It had something to do with a main pipe here as well as a main pipe outside.”
“The City is aware of it,” Kasten said, “The City is on the scene and they are trying to figure that out.”
After conferring with Angel manager Mike Scioscia and the umpires, a decision was made to call the game because they did not know how long it would take to take care of the issue.
When asked about any concerns on Opening Day taking place on Thursday afternoon, Kasten said “no, no none whatsoever.”
As to game itself, Hyun-jin Ryu made his final start of the spring and was able to reach his pitch limit before leaving the game in the top of the fifth.
While Ryu seemed to always have runners on base, he was able to navigate his final spring training start well enough, finishing his outing with 4⅔ innings pitched, he gave up three runs (two earned), nine hits and struck out three.
Josh Sborz, a right-hander who pitched for the Dodgers AA affiliate, the Tulsa Drillers, last season, recorded the last out in the fifth
The Dodgers scored first when Yasiel Puig hit his fourth home run in the last week. Puig will be on a roll entering the regular season as he was 8-for-16 in his last six games with all four of his home runs being hit during that stretch.
After the Angels scored two runs in the second, Chris Taylor hit a two-out two run double to put the Dodgers ahead again.
The Angels would tie the score at 3-3 but then Matt Kemp hit his fifth home run in the fourth inning with a familiar looking shot to the right center field bleachers.
Roberts said that the Dodgers would be discussing the final roster moves after the game, he did not announce any during his post-game media conference.