During the fifth inning of Tuesday night's Cubs-Giants game, heavy rain halted the action, and the Wrigley Field grounds crew had some serious issues.
The game was delayed four hours and 34 minutes before being called after four-and-a-half innings, awarding the Cubs a 2-0 victory.
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20
According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Giants' protest of the game was successful:
Source: Giants prevail in protest of tarp-snafu game. Game to be resumed at 4 pm Thursday before reg scheduled games. To start B5. Cubs 2-0.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) August 20, 2014
MLB later confirmed the protest had been upheld:
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com shares some info on the last successful protest:
Nothing official but Giants are confident they will have first upheld protest since 1986. Resumption likely tomorrow.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) August 20, 2014
Last successful protest was STL at PIT in 1986. Pirates claimed umps called it b4 waiting minimum alotted time. Won protest. Still lost game— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) August 20, 2014
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Tarp problems pic.twitter.com/RJS5HzwJ0N— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) August 20, 2014
I am never inviting these people to my house to hang picture frames. pic.twitter.com/3070hh2BCv— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) August 20, 2014
That's bags of sand there. Putting some at each base to use pic.twitter.com/TvJpf1XWMO— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) August 20, 2014
With Chicago up 2-0, Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow believes the Cubs may have been struggling with the tarp on purpose:
@ESPNChiCubs Krukow has lost it on the Giants broadcast. Says the fix is in— Tony Erquiaga (@lilerq74) August 20, 2014
LOL. Krukow flat accuses Cubs grounds crew of purposely not covering left side of infield w/ 2-0 lead in official game. #sfgiants— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) August 20, 2014
Giants manager Bruce Bochy was also less than thrilled with the Cubs' effort during the downpour, telling reporters: "It was 15 minutes of rain there and they couldn’t get the tarp on in time. In this day and time, something should’ve been done a little bit more."
The Giants—who are in the thick of a pennant race—filed an official protest following the loss with Major League Baseball, according to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com.