However, the game came to a premature — and very, very smelly — ending.
The game was called in the fifth inning after a pipe burst and flooded the area just past the Dodgers dugout down the third-base line. The burst led to the flow of a certain brown liquid onto the field.
At first, the game was delayed 32 minutes. According to the Los Angeles Times, the game was finally called off when it became clear the, um, leak could not be halted in short order. It seems like the leak was not limited to just the field, either.
The Dodgers could not stop the flood. Workers could only spread it across the dirt with brooms. After spectators exited, a crew used a hose to vacuum the area.
The damage may have spread beyond the diamond. The clubhouse did not appear affected, but several Dodgers said the liquid spilled into the coaches’ room and the video room. Manager Dave Roberts declined to comment.
“Um … I’ll get back to you guys tomorrow,” Roberts said.
Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling had the perfect way to sum up the ordeal.
“Crappy way to end the spring,” he said per the L.A. Times. “Get it?”
Yes, Ross. We certainly get it.
Oh, and if you were wondering, the game went in the books as a 4-3 Dodgers win.
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