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Cubs' Rain-Shortened Victory Overturned

Game to be continued Thursday after Giants' protest upheld



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    Chicago Cubs ground crew members struggle to get the tarp on the field as rain falls during the fifth inning of the Chicago Cubs game against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field.

    Major League Baseball has decided to continue Tuesday's rain-shortened game between the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants following a protest.

    The Cubs were initially granted a 2-0 victory in the 4 1/2-inning game after rain delayed the game after 4 hours.

    The San Francisco Giants protested the decision because the grounds crew struggled to get the tarp on when the storm hit, which was partially to blame for the bad field conditions at Wrigley Field.

    The game will resume at 4 p.m. Thursday before the regularly scheduled game.

    "We tried to wait as long as we could," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. "Because the Giants were in a pennant race, we felt an obligation to do that. I talked with the umpires a lot and (president) Theo (Epstein) talked with MLB to come up with a way to play this game the way it should be played.

    The Giants loss would have been the team's seventh in the past 10 games, and would have put them 4 1/2 games behind Los Angeles in the NL West race.

    "I hope they listen and watch what happened there," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who was visibly upset after the game. "In this day and time, it shouldn't happen. It can't happen with the importance of these games. I'm going to leave it at that."

    After the rain eased up, it took nearly 1 1/2 hours for workers to remove water from the soggy infield and spread dozens of bags of compound on the dirt area.