Javier Lopez was supposed to make his Cactus League debut on Friday, and if the rain and hail had arrived an hour later, he might have found himself in the middle of that driving storm on the mound.
Which is exactly what he experienced the last time he stared down a hitter.
“Trust me, I thought about it,” said Lopez, who was the pitcher caught in that memorable drenching in the waning moments of the Giants’ NLCS Game 7 clincher over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Lopez didn’t appear in the World Series last year and he hadn’t made his Cactus League debut because of a wrist contusion. So even though he allowed a run on three singles on a chilly yet dry Saturday, he was pleased that he handled the basics in his first competitive outing in more than four months.
“Offspeed was over the plate,” he said. “It definitely felt like the first one. It was good to get it out of the way. Lefties were 2-for-2 and I got the righties out, so that’s a change of pace.”
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