Let's go back to the beginning. The Cubs and Giants played 4 1/2 innings Tuesday when a sudden downpour stopped play. The Wrigley Field grounds crew had difficulty putting the tarp on, and the infield was soaked. When the rain did stop, the crew tried to repair the damage, but the field was determined unplayable, and the game was called after a four-hour, 34-minute delay.
The Cubs led, 2-0, after 4 1/2 innings but the Giants protested, and Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the game would resume in the bottom of the fifth. MLB cited Rule 4.12 (a)(3), blaming a "malfunction of a mechanical device under control of the home club."
The start of Thursday's game was scheduled for 4:05 p.m. CT but that was delayed 1:57 by rain, so the official delay time was 6:31. There were no tarp problems Thursday.
The Cubs wanted this win, and it had nothing to do with where they are in the standings.
"I'd be lying to you if I didn't tell you that we wanted to close it out, especially since everybody tried to do everything possible to get it in," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.
The Cubs took the 2-0 lead in the first on Rizzo's 29th home run off starter Ryan Vogelsong. On Thursday, Yusmeiro Petit took over for the Giants and struck out the first five batters he faced.
Chicago's Jacob Turner started the Giants' sixth and retired the first two batters. Adam Duvall then doubled and scored on pinch-hitter Joe Panik's single.
With the resumption of the suspended game, Chicago starter Tsuyoshi Wada, who threw five scoreless innings Tuesday, was not credited with a complete game but did get the win.
"In my heart, he had officially gotten [the win] the other day," Renteria said.
The suspended game was the first at Wrigley Field since the Cubs and Dodgers played on July 10, 1987, when play was stopped because of darkness with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the score tied, 4-4. That game resumed the next day, and the Dodgers won, 5-4, in 10 innings.
The Cubs' last suspended game was May 1, 2007, in Pittsburgh. The game was halted in the bottom of the seventh because of weather with the Cubs leading, 6-5. It was completed the next day, ending in an 8-6 Chicago win.