SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After missing a start with the flu, Ted Lilly returned to game action for 10 whole pitches Friday until a hailstorm interrupted a Dodgers-Giants game that later was rained out.
Lilly made another 25 throws in the bullpen after the rain stopped. He struck out Joaquin Arias before allowing a two-out double to Hunter Pence, bringing up Buster Posey when the skies opened.
"I definitely wanted to pitch with Posey up and a guy on second," said Lilly. "A situation like that, I have to make a pitch against a good hitter. I need those things."
Lilly is coming off shoulder surgery, but he's talking and acting with the confidence of someone 100 percent healed.
"If I was having health problems, I think that would be tough," he said of the starts and stops that accompanied the game. "I had no problem getting loose. The last time in the 'pen I took a few more to get loose. I feel fortunate right now. I feel like the shoulder issue is over and I'm really working on timing and a few things with my delivery."
Because of the short outing, Lilly said he might come back with another start in four days instead of five.
Also washed away were the four runs the Dodgers scored in the first one inning-plus. Juan Uribe, Yasiel Puig and Alex Castellanos had RBI hits. Justin Sellers, who tripled to lead off the second, scored on a Giants error that turned out to be the last play of the game.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.