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Giants win protest over Cubs' rain-shortened win

The San Francisco Giants won their protest of Tuesday night's 2-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs tweeted that the game would start at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, with the Cubs at the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning. The regularly-scheduled game will then start at 7:05 p.m.

Manager Bruce Bochy said before the ruling that he believed the Giants had a good case. The Giants were miffed the game was not suspended after a four-hour, 34-minute wait.

The Giants were miffed the Wrigley Field wasn't covered sooner before a torrential downpour of 15 minutes made conditions unplayable despite efforts from the grounds crew.

The Cubs waited as long as possible to accommodate the Giants, who are battling for a playoff berth.

"We believe the rules were not properly applied last night," Giants President and CEO Larry Baer told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Giants point to Rule 4.12 (a)(3) invovling suspended games:

A game shall become a suspended game that must be completed at a future date if the game is terminated for any of the following reasons:

(3) Light failure or malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club. (Mechanical field device shall include automatic tarpaulin or water removal equipment).

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer emphasized every effort was made to play nine innings, especially with the Giants battling for a playoff berth. But Major League Baseball rules state there were no grounds to rule a suspended game because the tarp was operated manually and not mechanically. And Cubs President Theo Epstein remained in contact with MLB officials before the decision was made to call the game.

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