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Believe it or not: Second game of doubleheader rained out

September 8, 2011 |  4:31 pm

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The second game of Thursday’s doubleheader between the Dodgers and Nationals in Washington, D.C., has been rained out.

What? Having trouble believing that after Wednesday’s fun? No, really, it’s true. Official and everything.

The Dodgers had to feel fortunate to get the first game in Thursday, what with using a ninth-inning rally to defeat the Nationals, 7-4, just before the heavens really opened up.

There was no official rain delay before the game was canceled; since it started raining so heavily at the end of the first game, there was never a scheduled time for the nightcap. Still, the Dodgers announced the rainout at 4:02 p.m.

Of course, the Dodgers also announced Wednesday’s game had been rained out. And then Major League Baseball said try harder, and the gates at Nationals Park were opened. Only for MLB to announce shortly afterward it was rained out.

Reminded me of my friend in high school who asked a girl to the prom, then went back and said never mind, then came back and asked her yet again (he asked three other girls in between, but that’s another story). Oh, yeah, she said yes.

No makeup date was announced for Thursday’s rainout, and none likely will be. This was the Dodgers’ last scheduled date on the East Coast this year. And it’s not as if the game is going to have an impact on the postseason.

The last time the Dodgers played less than a full 162-game schedule in a non-strike or lockout year was 1989, when they played 160.

Afterward, all the Dodgers had to do was jump on a plane, fly across the country and head to San Francisco to face Tim Lincecum on Friday. Where for the third time this season he will be opposed by Clayton Kershaw.

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-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Fans brave the rainy weather during the first game of the Dodgers' scheduled doubleheader against the Washington Nationals on Thursday. Credit: Greg Fiume / Getty Images

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