Less than a half-hour after the final out, the sun was shining brightly over Camelback Ranch. But by then the fans were gone, players were changing into street clothes, and the final score — the Dodgers’ fourth tie of the Cactus League season (8-4-4) — seemed an insignificant afterthought. At least, no one in the press corps seemed bothered by the managers’ decision to end Sunday’s game after five and a half innings.
“We don’t want to sit out there and try to fight weather all day long after being here all day,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “The guys who needed work got their work, I’m happy with going home, to be honest with you.”
The actual game recap is a brief one:
The Angels’ Kole Calhoun scored in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Mark Trumbo. Juan Uribe singled in Adam Kennedy for the Dodgers’ only run in the fifth. Both starting pitchers, Chris Capuano and Anaheim’s Dan Haren, allowed a mere two hits. John Grabow and Mike MacDougal worked one scoreless inning each out of the Dodgers’ bullpen.
After MacDougal’s last pitch, rain (and later hail) began to pelt the field hard enough that a tarp was rolled over the infield 1 hour and 16 minutes after first pitch.
The only semblance of drama for the Dodgers on this day took place before and after the game, when the second round of roster cuts was announced. Four players left the room in the morning, and catcher Gorman Erickson, catcher Matt Wallach, infielder Lance Zawadzki and first baseman Jeff Baisley were re-assigned to the minor league camp. More on that in tomorrow’s editions.
A few more notes:
Mattingly gave a sneak peek at who would be traveling to Tucson on Friday for a 1 p.m. game against the Chicago White Sox: Dee Gordon, Mark Ellis, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Juan Rivera, Tony Gwynn Jr., A.J. Ellis and Jerry Hairston Jr..
Hairston’s leg injury isn’t limiting him any more, the manager said. The Dodgers’ other injured player, reliever Matt Guerrier (back), is scheduled to throw Wednesday on one of the back fields at Camelback Ranch.
Capuano, who lowered his spring ERA to 3.12, walked none and struck out three in four innings. He threw 36 of his 57 pitches for strikes. “He’s going to give up some hits, but I think he’s going to keep us in games,” Mattingly said.
Players will be given a day off Thursday, the only day in March on which no game is scheduled.