Cubs beat Giants in protested game
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, left, and relief pitcher Hector Rondon celebrate defeating the San Francisco Giants in a continuation of a rain-suspended baseball game that began Tuesday, on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Chicago. The Chicago Cubs won 2-1. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Jacob Turner delivers against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of the continuation of a baseball game that began Tuesday, on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Chicago. Tuesday's game was suspended in the fifth inning due to rain. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
CHICAGO – After two days, the first upheld protest in nearly 30 years and another rain storm, the Chicago Cubs finally completed a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in a suspended game last night.
Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer Tuesday held up as the team’s played the final 4½ innings of a game the Cubs thought they had won, 2-0, before Major League Baseball ruled was suspended.
A short rainstorm caused a delay of more than 4½ hours after the grounds crew couldn’t put the tarp down quickly. The umpires said the field was unplayable and called it at 1:16 a.m.
But the Giants protested, and MLB ruled that the tarp had not been properly put away after its previous use. The game was suspended.
It was the first successful protest in MLB since 1986.
Yesterday’s start was delayed 1 hour, 57 minutes by another downpour before Chicago could bat in the bottom of the fifth.
Joe Panik had an RBI single in the sixth to pull the Giants to 2-1.
Tuesday’s starters proved to be the pitchers of record. Tsuyoshi Wada (3-1) earned the victory for the Cubs, while Ryan Vogelsong (7-9) took the loss.
Hector Rondon worked a scoreless ninth for his 19th save in 23 opportunities.