Cubs egde Giants in resumption of suspended game

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 21 2014 03:15:23 PM HST
Updated On: Aug 21 2014 03:15:24 PM HST

CHICAGO -- The San Francisco Giants got the chance to complete a previously halted game from two days earlier, but they couldn't turn around the result Thursday.

The Chicago Cubs, declared winners before the Giants' protest was upheld, hung on for a 2-1 victory despite being no-hit in the four innings they batted during the resumption of play.

"I'd be lying to you if I didn't tell you that we wanted to close it out," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said, "especially since everyone did everything possible to get it in."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who was livid Tuesday, wasn't happy with the result but was pleased with the opportunity.

"That's what we got," he said. "We came close, too."

With one out in the ninth inning, Giants second baseman Joe Panik and shortstop Brandon Crawford hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second. Pinch hitter Gregor Blanco struck out.

The next batter, center fielder Pagan, hit a hard grounder up the middle that Cubs right-hander Hector Rondon knocked down. It bounced a couple of feet away, but the closer was able to recover, pick it up and throw to first to end the game.

"We thought when Pagan hit the ball, it was going through," Bochy said. "(Rondon) did a great job of knocking it down. Unfortunately, it didn't bounce far enough away for him to beat it out."

Rondon posted his 19th save.

Following a delay of 4 hours, 34 minutes Tuesday night (and Wednesday morning), the resumption was delayed nearly two hours from the scheduled 4:05 start because of rain -- bringing the total delay to a remarkable 6:31.

The Cubs led 2-0 when play was stopped Tuesday, and they initially were awarded a victory before Major League Baseball sided with the Giants and ordered the game to be completed.

After being shut out by Tsuyoshi Wada for five innings Tuesday, the Giants pushed across a run in their first time at-bat Thursday.

With two outs and none on, first baseman Adam Duvall doubled off the wall in left field and then scored when the next batter, Panik pinch-hitting, singled to right field.

But that was it.

"They got it right," Bochy said. "Again, I complimented everybody at MLB, the Cubs organization. It's over now. They ended up winning, but what you wanted was a chance, and we had that."

Wada (3-1) earned the win. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong (7-9) took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in four innings Tuesday.

NOTES: Before the resumption of the suspended game, the Cubs placed SS Starlin Castro on the bereavement list and RHP Edwin Jackson (right lat strain) on the 15-day disabled list. Chicago recalled INF Logan Watkins and LHP Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa. Stays on the bereavement list are a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven. ... After sitting out Wednesday night with a sore right hip, Giants C Buster Posey was back in the lineup for the suspended game. ... While Castro is away, Javier Baez will shift from second to shortstop. Baez played short throughout his minor league career before making the shift to second in the middle of this season. ... Giants C Hector Sanchez, who sustained a second concussion after being hit with a foul tip during a rehab assignment last weekend, was advised to take three weeks off with no baseball activity.

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