The San Francisco Giants were dealt a cruel blow Tuesday night in Chicago as the Cubs grounds crew failed to fully cover the infield during a 15-minute rain delay during the bottom of the fifth. After the four-hour, 34-minute delay, the Cubs were awarded the victory 2-0 and the Giants were livid about everything.
The 4 1/2 innings were the minimum length for a regulation game, but the Giants lost the game in this rain-shortened contest and lost ground in the standings. The team filed an official protest with Major League Baseball following the loss. The orange and black are now 4.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.
The Giants have now been shutout 14 times this season and five of them have taken place on the road. Ryan Vogelsong took the loss to drop his record to 7-9 and the Giants are now 16-14 in two-run games. Even with the loss Tuesday, the Giants have won five of their last seven games at Wrigley Field.
Before Tuesday's game, manager Bruce Bochy said Hector Sanchez could miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with his second concussion of the season. Speaking of Bochy, he is five wins away from 1,600 in his 20-year managerial career and he will pass former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda for sole possession of 19th place on the all-time wins list.
Following the Cubs series, the Giants will head to Washington on Friday for a weekend series against the surging Nationals. It was against the Nationals on June 9th when the Giants begin this downward spiral. Since June 9th, they have the third worst record in the majors with a 23-38 mark.
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