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San Francisco Giants Win Appeal To Finish Game Vs Cubs

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Bruce BochyThe San Francisco Giants have won their appeal to Major League Baseball to be able to finish their game against the Chicago Cubs after the ground crew at Wrigley Field was unable to get the tarp on the field quickly enough Tuesday’s game rendering the field unplayable.

The game is now scheduled to get underway again at 4:05 central time on Thursday before the teams’ regularly scheduled game with the game starting in the bottom of the 5th inning with the Cubs leading 2-0.

This marks the 1st time a team has won a protest with Major League Baseball since 1986.

“I thought we had a strong case,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “I’m just thankful and grateful that they [MLB] were open minded.

“They listened and they looked at it, and I think it’s the fair thing to do.”

The MLB determined that the reason the tarp was unable to be deployed effectively was due to the improper storage of the tarp after it’s last usage, causing it’s failure in Tuesday’s game.

The field got soaked during a hard downpour in about 15 minutes following the end of the top of the 5th inning, which did meet the mandated minimum regulation length of an MLB game according to the rules. After a 4 hour plus delay, the Cubs were awarded the victory.

The Giants protested the decision under rule 4.12 (a)(3), which states, “malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club.”

The MLB determined that the incident with the Cub’s tarp fell under this guideline and rescheduled the game as a result.

The Giants are currently involved in a tight playoff chase, so the opportunity to play out the rest of the game could give the Giants an incredibly helpful win, instead of the loss on their record.

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