'Tarpageddon' at Wrigley Field
A real game?
The Giants traveled to Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs for a three-game series beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Following a fifth-inning pop-out from Buster Posey, the rain began to fall. Entering a delay, the Cubs grounds crew failed to properly deploy the tarp and the infield was soaked. Though the rain stopped after about 15 minutes, the game was called after nearly four hours of delay due to an unplayable infield, giving the Cubs a 2-0 win.
Chief umpire Hunter Wendelstedt informed both teams that the game would be delayed when rain began to fall heavily in the middle of the fifth inning.
One man, one rake
Due to the improper placement of the tarp by the Cubs grounds crew, the infield was sunk. At one point, members pushed the water off the infield dirt with rakes.
Managers inspect the field
During the approximate four-hour rain delay, Bruce Bochy and Cubs manager Rick Renteria walked the field and discussed the options.
Bochy pleas for continuation
Following 15 minutes of rainfall and nearly four more hours of delays attempting to dry the field, the umpire crew called the game, awarding the Cubs a 2-0 victory in which four and a half innings were completed.
Giants protest game
A day after the rain-shortened loss, the Giants filed the paperwork for an official protest of their 2-0 defeat.
MLB rules in favor of Giants
The Giants' protest was upheld by MLB, the first time in 28 years that the league has ruled in favor of the protesting team. Tuesday's game, which was stopped in the middle of the fifth inning with the Cubs leading 2-0, will resume on Thursday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. PST.