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Umpire explains Giants’ controversial rain-shortened 2-0 loss to Cubs

  • The grounds crew works on the field after a heavy rain soaked Wrigley Field during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

CHICAGO — It’s unclear what happened during the last two hours of the 4-hour and 36-minute rain delay that eventually became a rain-shortened 2-0 Chicago Cubs victory over the Giants Tuesday night.

Manager Bruce Bochy wasn’t in a mood to provide details and the rest of the Giants rushed to make a late bus back to their hotel. The Giants have filed a protest.

Here are home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt’s quotes to a pool reporter:

What went into considerations for how long this thing took and what you were dealing with out there?

“Number one, it’s a very important game with playoff implications. All parties involved — from the office of the commissioner to the umpires to the front office of the Chicago Cubs — we exhausted all efforts to get this game played.”

So there were communications with the MLB office?

“Hundreds might be an exaggeration. But on our side there were 20 to 30 communications just from the umpiring department and I know that the Cubs were working on it. There were communications. Everyone was involved. The office of the commissioner takes this very seriously. All the parties involved were kept up to date on every detail as they developed.”

Was there a scenario, is there a rule that covers where this game at any point once the top of the fifth was played could have been suspended or postponed?

“I think the problem that all the parties faced was, by the baseball rulebook, there was nothing to put our hat on to suspend the game. The game became regulation with the home team winning in the top of the fifth inning. That’s a complete game, a regulation complete game, and there was really no way around it.”

I imagine that was part of the discussion with MLB?


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