Unplayable Field Conditions Give the Cubs a Rain-Shortened Win – Cubs 2, Giants 0

Game One Hundred Twenty-Five: Cubs 2, Giants 0 – 5 innings

WP – Tsuyoshi Wada (3-1) LP – Ryan Vogelsong (7-9) Save – None

wflag-pub2014Anthony Rizzo hit a majestic two-run home run in the first inning, Tsuyoshi Wada pitched a complete game shutout and the Cubs picked up a victory in what turned out to be a bizarre Tuesday night that officially ended early Wednesday morning. The game was put into a rain delay after the top of the fifth inning and four hours and 34 minutes later it was called due to unplayable field conditions.

Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein explained after the game was called at 1:16am CDT on Wednesday morning that the Cubs did everything they could to play a full nine innings. Hoyer and Epstein addressed the media and indicated the team was in consistent communication with MLB and the umpires during the delay. Out of respect for the game and the San Francisco Giants being in the middle of a pennant race, Hoyer and Epstein tried to get the game suspended, but it could not under MLB rules.

After Tsuyoshi Wada retired Buster Posey on a pop out to Starlin Castro in short left to end the fifth inning, a downpour at Wrigley put the game into a rain delay. The grounds crew was not able to cover the entire infield in time and the field took on too much water. The grounds crew used over 100 bags of diamond dry to try to get the game in, but after more than four and half hours it was determined the field was unplayable.

PrintTsuyoshi Wada made the pitches he had to Tuesday night to keep the Giants from scoring. Wada gave up six hits in five innings of work but did not walk a batter. Wada struck out three and threw 79 pitches, 56 for strikes, in his five innings of work. The Giants had runners on base in each of the five innings and was 1-for-6 with RISP and left six men on base.

Tsuyoshi Wada is credited with a complete game shutout, the first of his career.

Anthony Rizzo (2-for-2 with a double, a home run and two RBI) picked up Tuesday night where he left off at Citi Field. Rizzo hit a mammoth shot in the first inning with Javier Baez (0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored) on board after he walked on the eighth pitch of the at bat. Rizzo’s 29th longball of the season cleared the bleachers in right center and ended up on Sheffield Ave.

Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-2 with a double) collected the Cubs only other hit off Ryan Vogelsong.

Ryan Vogelsong now has a complete game, rain shorted win and loss at Wrigley Field

With Tuesday’s rain-shortened victory, the Cubs improved to 55-70 on the season.

Tsuyoshi Wada worked around a one-out double by Hunter Pence in the first inning and kept the Giants off the board. Wada threw only eight pitches, seven for strikes, in the opening frame.

Ryan Vogelsong caught Chris Coghlan looking at a 1-2 pitch for the first out. Javier Baez stepped in and worked a full count before taking ball four. Baez trotted to first on his third free pass in the big leagues. Anthony Rizzo followed and took two out of the zone before crushing the next pitch. The ball sailed over the bleachers in right center and onto Sheffield Ave. Rizzo’s blast, his 29th longball of the year, gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Starlin Castro flied out to left center and Luis Valbuena fouled out to Crawford near the bullpen mound in left to end the inning. Vogelsong needed 18 pitches, 11 for strikes, to complete the first inning Tuesday night.

After one complete, the Cubs led 2-0.

Tsuyoshi Wada worked around baserunners in the second, third and fourth innings before the rain started falling in the fifth. Wada retired Buster Posey on a pop out to Starlin Castro in shallow left for the final out in the top of the fifth with Angel Pagan on second base.

As soon as the half inning was over, the game was put into a rain delay at 8:42pm CDT.

The game was officially called at 1:16am CDT on Wednesday morning with the Cubs coming out on the winning end of a rain shortened game that was called due to unplayable field conditions. The game should have been suspended and resumed Wednesday.

Edwin Jackson takes on Jake Peavy in game two against the Giants on Wednesday night (7:05pm CDT).

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