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On Tuesday night, the Giants were playing the
The field was soaked and left unplayable, despite the best efforts of the grounds crew to dry it. After a 4½-hour delay, umpire called the game. Since the Cubs were leading, 2-0, and they had played the required 4½ innings to make it an official game, the Cubs were awarded the victory.
The Giants protested the game, but when do protests ever get upheld?
This one did.
"Major League Baseball announced today that Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations
"An examination of the circumstances of last night's game has led to the determination that there was sufficient cause to believe that there was a 'malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club' within the meaning of Official Baseball Rule 4.12(a)(3).
"Available video of the incident, and conversations with representatives of the Cubs, demonstrate that the Cubs' inability to deploy the tarp appropriately was caused by the failure to properly wrap and spool the tarp after its last use. As a result, the groundskeeping crew was unable to properly deploy the tarp after the rain worsened. In accordance with Rule 4.12(a)(3), the game should be considered a suspended game that must be completed at a future date.
"In addition, Major League Baseball has spoken with last night's crew chief, Hunter Wendelstedt, and has concluded that the grounds crew worked diligently in its attempt to comply with his direction and cover the field. Thus, there is no basis for the game to be forfeited by the Cubs pursuant to Rule 4.16."