The Angels’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks was called due to inclement weather in the third inning with the game tied 1-1. An on-again, off-again rainfall gave way to heavy wind and hail around 2:40 p.m. local time, forcing everyone off the field at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
What few statistics were compiled in the game won’t count at the end of spring training.
There was a purpose to the game, even if it was mostly lost upon fans — and there were plenty of fans Friday despite pregnant pregame clouds and forecasts of rain. First pitch was delayed about 25 minutes. During the delay, Mike Scioscia and Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson met on the field to figure out what the other wanted to accomplish.
“They needed some guys to throw,” Scioscia said. “(Brad) Ziegler needed to pitch. It’s usually you need your guys to stay up on innings. That’s what we needed. Joe (Blanton) got his work in and finished up a little bit in the ‘pen. He wanted to throw some pitches out of the stretch.
“Believe me, we milked about every pitch we could out of today. We got something accomplished.”
Blanton said his purpose was “the same as last game, honestly, just to fill up the zone with strikes.”
The right-hander gave up a home run to Aaron Hill on a changeup low and away that Hill managed to pull over the left-field fence. It was one of two hits Blanton allowed in three innings. He walked none and struck out one batter.
“(Hill) is a good hitter,” Blanton said. “Somebody not as good might have hit a short-hopper to third base, shortstop.”
After the game, Blanton said he threw 23 pitches in the bullpen in addition to the 25 he threw in the game. He probably threw a few more than that, since he had to get warmed up three times because of the weather delays.
Per the Angels’ refund policy, fans have the option to exchange their ticket for another home game (subject to availability) or refunds will be available up to 30 days following the conclusion of the current spring training — April 29. Fans can also take their ticket and pay an additional five dollars for admission to tonight’s World Baseball Classic game at Chase Field between the United States and Mexico.
Season ticket holders do not need to return their tickets. If paid by credit card, the credit card account will be credited automatically for the ticket face value of the rained out game once the Spring Training season has concluded. If paid by check or cash, the ticket face value of the rained out game will be refunded by check.