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Giants win protest, to re-start game vs. Cubs after grounds crew screwup

Aug 19, 2014; Chicago, IL, Grounds crew workers put the tarp down as rain delayed the Chicago Cubs game against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning at Wrigley Field. Photo: Image by Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Giants win protest, to re-start game vs. Cubs after grounds crew screwup

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Aug 20, 2014

The Chicago Cubs won their soggy Tuesday night matchup with the San Francisco Giants, until Major League Baseball overturned the victory due to a mishap with the grounds crew.

MLB officials have ruled in favor of a San Francisco Giants' protest after the crew failed to place the Wrigley Field tarp on the dirt portion of the field in a timely manner Tuesday night.

A storm struck the north side of Chicago, leading to the rain delay and the attempt to put the tarp out. Following the not-so-smooth tarp placement, the game was delayed four-and-a-half hours. Crews took nearly 90 minutes to get pools of water from the infield.

The Giants filed a protest, and for the first time since 1986, MLB ruled in favor of a protester.

The Chicago Tribune says the game will start at 4:05 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field Thursday, with the Cubs starting with a 2-0 lead (where the game left off) in the bottom of the fifth inning.

 

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A lifelong sports fanatic whose grandfather appeared on a weekly show in the early years of 620WTMJ, Jay was well-groomed for a career with Journal Broadcast Group and WTMJ.