Cubs hold on against Giants to complete suspended game
CHICAGO (AP) -- After two days, the first upheld protest in nearly 30 years and another rain storm, the Chicago Cubs finally completed a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in a suspended game on Thursday night.
Anthony Rizzo's two-run homer Tuesday held up as the team's played the final 4 1/2 innings of a game the Cubs thought they had won 2-0 before Major League Baseball ruled was suspended.
A short rainstorm caused a delay of more than 4 1/2 hours after the grounds crew couldn't put the tarp down quickly. The umpires said the field was unplayable and called it at 1:16 a.m.
But the Giants protested, and MLB ruled that the tarp had not been properly put away after its previous use. The game was suspended.
It was the first successful protest in MLB since 1986.
Thursday's start was delayed 1 hour, 57 minutes by another downpour before Chicago could bat in the bottom of the fifth.
Joe Panik had an RBI single in the sixth to pull the Giants to 2-1.
Hector Rondon worked a scoreless ninth for his 19th save in 23 opportunities.
Cubs: RHP Edwin Jackson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain. Jackson dealt with a similar injury at the end of last season and hopes that by going on the DL now, he will be able to pitch again in September. ... SS Starlin Castro was placed on the bereavement list after leaving the team for a family emergency. Bereavement list rules require a minimum stay of three days and a maximum stay of one week.
Giants: INF Ehire Adrianza has been a slow to recover from a second strained groin injury, which raises doubts about his status in the final weeks of the season. ''He's not ready yet, so that's another decision we'll have to make,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ... Bochy was optimistic that 1B Brandon Belt and C Hector Sanchez would recover from concussions in time for the stretch drive.