Programming note: Giants-Cubs coverage starts today at 4:30 p.m. with Giants Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
CHICAGO – The Giants have filed an official protest with Major League Baseball following Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss at Wrigley Field, when a 15-minute rainstorm in the fifth inning left the field unplayable because the grounds crew failed to fully cover the infield.
A club source confirmed the Giants went through all the proper channels and filed paperwork with the league, even though the strict interpretation of Rule 4.12 would appear to leave them no loophole for MLB to consider it a suspended game to be resumed at a later date.
The Cubs, who were embarrassed by their failure to preserve the field, also lobbied the league to suspend the game and complete nine innings prior to Wednesday night’s contest.
But precedent was set on July 23 when a similar incident happened to the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning of a game at Yankee Stadium, and the league awarded a 2-1 victory to the home team.
A Giants official said via text message Wednesday morning “we are going to confirm that we have filed a protest but are going to hold off on discussing any specifics.”
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Given that the Giants are in a pennant race, and the Cubs (and Rangers) are not, there might be some sympathy from Commissioner Bud Selig to invoke his broad “best interests of baseball” powers to rule a suspended game. Given that this three-game series is the Giants’ last visit to Chicago this year, though, any reversal from the league would have to be made swiftly.
Stay tuned for more later today when I get to the ballpark and hopefully am able to track down GM Brian Sabean, who is on this trip.
In the meantime, if you want to get a better understanding on what the heck happened Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, click on the Rewind (for reactions) and Instant Replay (for the play-by-play-by-nonplay), and scroll through my Twitter feed from last night @CSNBaggs.