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Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois Attendance: 30,541
San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs
- The Giants took two of three from the Phillies over the weekend, winning their first series since August 1-4 vs. the Mets in the process. San Francisco had 33 hits in its series against Philadelphia -- its most in any three-game series this season.
- The Cubs beat the Mets, 4-1, yesterday, winning their second straight game, and splitting the four-game weekend series in New York with the victory. Chicago is 6-5 in its last 11 games at Wrigley Field (since July 28).
- San Francisco took two of three from Chicago at AT&T Park earlier this season, including back-to-back shutouts in the last two contests. The last time the Cubs were blanked three straight times by the same opponent was when the Braves did so, April 27-29, 1992.
- Ryan Vogelsong went 7.0 innings and allowed just two runs (both earned) in his last outing against the White Sox (August 12), and including a no-decision in that contest, is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his last three starts overall. Vogelsong is 4-1 with a 3.72 ERA in his last five starts against the Cubs.
- Tsuyoshi Wada gave up two runs (both earned) in 6.2 innings of work in his last start vs. the Brewers on August 13, picking up his second MLB win, and improving to 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA in his last four outings overall. Tonight will be Wada's first career appearance against the Giants.
- Anthony Rizzo went deep in yesterday's triumph, giving him three homers and five RBI in his last seven games. Rizzo (zero HR in last nine games vs. Giants) is 5-for-15 (.333) during his current four-game hitting streak against San Francisco.
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By JEFF MEZYDLO
(AP) -- A rare successful protest has enabled the San Francisco Giants to temporarily remove a loss from their record and possibly sweep a three-game set from the Chicago Cubs.
The Giants get the chance when they resume Tuesday's suspended game prior to Madison Bumgarner trying to continue his road success in Thursday night's scheduled contest at Wrigley Field.
San Francisco (66-58) opened the series with a 2-0 loss Tuesday when rain in the bottom of the fifth inning caused a delay of more than 4 1-2 hours after the grounds crew couldn't put the tarp down quickly. At 1:16 a.m. CDT, the umpires called the game.
Owners of the NL's second wild-card spot, the Giants filed a protest and Major League Baseball ruled that the tarp hadn't been properly put away after its previous use. Under provisions of Official Baseball Rule 4.12 (a) (3) there was a "malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club."
It was the first successful protest since June 16, 1986.
The game will resume at 4:10 p.m. CDT on Thursday with San Francisco's Yusmeiro Petit and Chicago's Jacob Turner to pitch.
"We appreciate Major League Baseball's careful review of our protest," Giants President Larry Baer said.
Cubs management agreed with the decision.
"The last thing you want is a playoff team feeling bitter about the result here," Chicago general manager Jed Hoyer said. "And obviously it was caused by our organization. It's a good outcome."
"Hopefully we win the game. We have a 2-0 lead and pick it up from there."
The decision appeared to motivate the Giants, who pounded out 14 hits in Wednesday's 8-3 victory. Travis Ishikawa had three hits with three RBIs, and Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval each added two with an RBI.
Sandoval is batting .385 with seven RBIs in his last eight games versus Chicago (54-71).
Bumgarner (13-9, 3.14 ERA), 2-2 with a 3.42 ERA at Wrigley, is 9-3 in 14 road starts and his 1.72 ERA ranks behind Adam Wainwright's 1.49 ERA for the lowest away from home in the majors.
Though San Francisco fell 4-2 at Kansas City while the left-hander allowed three earned runs in eight innings Aug. 8, Bumgarner followed by yielding a run and striking out nine over seven innings Friday in a 5-3, 10-inning defeat to Philadelphia at home, where he's 4-6 with a 5.17 ERA in 12 starts.
Starlin Castro is 10 for 24 against Bumgarner, but it's uncertain if he'll be in the lineup after he was scratched Wednesday due to a family emergency.
Anthony Rizzo is 1 for 8 with four strikeouts versus Bumgarner, but his 29th homer Tuesday provided all the scoring thus far in the suspended contest.
Chicago's Travis Wood (7-10, 4.86) is 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA in 11 starts since winning at Philadelphia on June 15. He walked four and allowed a three-run homer over 5 1-3 innings of a 3-2 road loss to the New York Mets on Friday.
Though the left-hander is 0-2 in his last seven home starts, he lowered his ERA during that stretch to 4.81 after yielding an unearned run in six innings of a 3-2, 12-inning victory over Tampa Bay on Aug. 10.
Wood is 1-2 with a 3.41 ERA in five starts against the Giants.
Sandoval has four hits and walked twice in eight plate appearances versus Wood while Pence is 6 for 18 with a triple and a homer against him.
Updated August 21, 2014