The game was delayed by rain after the top of the fifth inning, but the Cubs' grounds crew struggled to cover the field with the tarp in a timely fashion, leaving the field waterlogged even though the rain lasted for only about 15 minutes. After waiting four hours and 34 minutes for the field to drain sufficiently, the game was called, giving the Cubs a win, as they were ahead 2-0 when the delay began.
The Giants, currently tied for the second National League Wild Card, were angry at having to lose a game in such fashion. The team is hoping MLB will rule the game suspended instead and have the teams finish it later, according to Baggarly.
The Cubs also reportedly asked MLB to suspend the game and finish it before the teams' series finale Wednesday night.
The current series is San Francisco's final visit to Chicago this season, making it difficult to reschedule a game.
The umpires Tuesday said they had no choice but to rule it an official game since no mechanical issue was at fault for the failure to cover the tarp quickly enough.
- Ben Estes