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Angels-Cubs game called because of rain, high winds, in fourth inning

March 21, 2011 |  3:13 pm

Lifif9nc The Angels' Cactus League game against the Chicago Cubs in Tempe Diablo Stadium on Monday was called because of rain and high winds in the top of the fourth inning, with the Cubs leading, 7-4.

The game started in a steady rain, but the winds kicked up and it began to pour in the fourth inning, when Geovany Soto lifted a routine fly ball to center field with two on and two outs.

Angels minor leaguer Andrew Hyde appeared camped under the ball, then began sprinting back and to his left before losing it in the darkened sky. The ball fell for a two-run double, and the game was called.

Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, not wanting to risk injuries on the soggy turf, pulled all of his starters except catcher Hank Conger by the third inning. Bobby Abreu doubled, and Torii Hunter hit a two-run single in the first inning, and both were pulled for pinch-runners.

Carlos Pena hit a three-run home run in the first inning off Angels starter Francisco Rodriguez. Kevin Jepsen gave up two unearned runs in the second, and Rich Thompson escaped a two-on, no-outs jam in the third.

Those who purchased tickets for the game have the option of exchanging them for tickets to another home game, subject to availability, or a refund.


Jered Weaver sharp, Jeff Mathis hits two home runs in Class-A game

Angels' Joel Pineiro feeling better

--Mike DiGiovanna in Tempe, Ariz.

Photo: Chicago Cubs pitcher Andrew Cashner #48 sits in the dugout between innings during a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Credit: Jake Roth / US Presswire