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Dodgers Defeat Angels….Sort of



The Dodgers and Angels faced off on Tuesday night as a final tuneup for Opening Day on Thursday. And things got….well, interesting.

In a situation that can only be described as strange, a pipe burst in the bottom of the fifth ending the game. The game was not going smoothly for the Dodgers, even before the pipe burst and ended the night. Los Angeles surrendered 9 hits and 3 runs in five innings, to go along with an error. By this point int he game, most of the backup’s backups were in the game anyways, no harm no foul. Well…it was kind of foul smelling.

Hyun-Jin Ryu got the start for Los Angeles, going 4.2 innings and allowing 3 runs. The good news is that a good amount of the hits he allowed were jam shots, no one really squared him up. He struck out 3, but finished up spring with an ominous +7 earned run average.

On the upside, the offense looked good for the Dodgers in this half game. The starters accumulated 8 hits through the five innings, including a pair of home runs. Yasiel Puig led off the scoring in the 1st inning by hitting a laser shot into the left-field pavilion. Statcast had his ball clocked at over 110 mph off the bat.

Turning Back the Clock

Matt Kemp turned back the clock a couple of years as well, hitting a solo shot to dead center in the 4th inning. What a strange time to be a Dodger fan. Matt Kemp is 40 pounds lighter and hitting home runs, and pipes are spewing nastiness all over the third base dugout. Who knows what this magical season will bring…hopefully not more pipe breaks.

Opening Day commences in less than a day ladies and gentlemen.

The wait is over. The team is ready.

Are you?

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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