CHICAGO -- A two-day delay didn't change the end result for the Giants.
They fell 2-1 to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night in a game they lost, then protested and then lost again. About 42 hours after they thought they were going to take a controversial 2-0 loss, the Giants put the tying run on second with two outs in the ninth. But Gregor Blanco struck out looking and Angel Pagan grounded out.
"It's over now," manager Bruce Bochy said. "All we wanted was a chance, and we had that. Now it's over."
The teams were prepared to resume play Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. (CDT), but another storm brought the controversial tarp back out. This time everything went smoothly. After waiting two more hours, the Giants and Cubs finally returned to the field for the bottom of the fifth. The two weather delays officially lasted six hours, 31 minutes.
The Giants wasted little time cutting into the deficit. Adam Duvall doubled with two outs in the sixth and scored on a single by pinch-hitter Joe Panik, who is feeling much better than he was two days ago, when he was still trying to test his dislocated finger.
In the meantime, the bullpen was cruising. Yusmeiro Petit replaced Ryan Vogelsong and struck out the side in the long-awaited bottom of the fifth. He struck out two more in a perfect sixth inning.
"Geez, it's hard to throw the ball better than he did," Bochy said. "He was really locked in and hitting his spots. You would like to think that would get us going."
Travis Ishikawa had a leadoff single in the seventh but the Giants couldn't bring the tying run across. Panik and Brandon Crawford singled with one out in the ninth. After Blanco's strikeout, Pagan lined a shot right at closer Hector Rondon. He knocked it down and threw to first to end the bizarre game.
"He hit it well," Bochy said. "Shoot, that's all you can do. It's a hard-hit ball, and the pitcher did a great job of stopping it."
Vogelsong threw a bullpen session Thursday afternoon. A couple hours later, he officially took his ninth loss of the season. Tsuyoshi Wada was the winner in a game that will go in the record books as having lasted just two hours, 50 minutes.
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