Los Angeles left-hander Ted Lilly would have liked to pitch to defending NL MVP Buster Posey. The weather just would not cooperate Friday.
Once the hail came down in earnest, Posey didn't even wait for the umpires, he walked out of the batter's box.
''Those are the things you need,'' Lilly said after recording two outs before heavy rain and hail ended the proceedings. ''I wanted to pitch to Posey with a guy on second, when you need to make a quality pitch to a good hitter.''
The game was stopped in the bottom of the second with Los Angeles up 4-0.
Lilly, who said he's completely over his shoulder problems, thought he might pitch again in four days.
Lilly's season ended last May due to left shoulder inflammation.
''I'm not even thinking that way,'' Lilly said. ''I'm trying to get myself in the best pitching condition possible so that I can pitch the way I am capable.''
Matt Kemp is also recovering from shoulder injury and says he has no issues.
''I just have to go out there a...