Angels-Dodgers spring finale comes to an early, and very smelly, ending

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Workers sweep water away after a pipe broke at Dodger Stadium, after an exhibition baseball game between the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/teams/lad" data-ylk="slk:Los Angeles Dodgers">Los Angeles Dodgers</a> and the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/teams/laa" data-ylk="slk:Los Angeles Angels">Los Angeles Angels</a>, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP)
Workers sweep water away after a pipe broke at Dodger Stadium, after an exhibition baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP)

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels finished out spring training Tuesday night with one final exhibition game at Dodger Stadium before MLB opening day on Thursday.

However, the game came to a premature — and very, very smelly — ending.

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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.

From the Times:

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.

Other than “pipe backup,” an exact cause for the issue has not been identified, but the team does not anticipate it jeopardizing the Thursday night opener against the San Francisco Giants.

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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