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Thursday, August 21 (All times Eastern)

San Francisco Giants (66-58) at Chicago Cubs (54-71), 5:05 p.m. & 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Madison Bumgarner (13-9, 3.14) Chicago - Travis Wood (7-10, 4.86)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco Giants apparently doth not protest too much.

The Giants became the first team in 28 years to win a protest claim and can suddenly turn a split series into a sweep when they visit Wrigley Field on Thursday, for the completion of game one and then the regularly scheduled final game of a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs.

San Francisco was saddled with a 2-0 loss in Tuesday's opener after a rain delay of more than 4 hours ultimately led to the game being called in the home half of the fifth inning. The grounds crew was unable to get the tarp down quickly, which ultimately led to field conditions being deemed unplayable.

Major League Baseball ruled that the tarp hadn't been stored properly after a previous use, calling it a "malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club."

"We appreciate Major League Baseball's careful review of our protest," Giants President Larry Baer said.

Game one will resume at 5:10 p.m., with Chicago's Jacob Turner and San Francisco's Yusmeiro Petit on the mound.

Chicago's management, too, agreed with the decision.

"The last thing you want is a playoff team feeling bitter about the result here," Cubs 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 Giants won game two, 8-3, on Wednesday night and will send Madison Bumgarner to the mound for the finale with a chance to continue a superb 2014 on the road.

He's 9-3 in 14 starts away from home this season with a stingy 1.72 earned run average that's second-best in the majors -- trailing only Adam Wainwright from St. Louis.

Bumgarner has allowed four earned runs in 15 innings in his last two starts, which have nonetheless yielded no better than a loss and a no-decision.

He's 2-2 in his career at Wrigley Field.

Chicago goes with lefty Travis Wood, who's gone more than two months without a victory -- a stretch of 11 starts that have yielded five losses and a 5.40 ERA.

He gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings of a 3-2 loss to the New York Mets at Citi Field on Friday, and is winless in his last seven starts at home with an 0-2 record and a 4.81 ERA.

Wood is 1-2 in five career starts against San Francisco.

08/21 10:20:42 ET

  • ACC: Clemson at NC State

    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • HSBB: Broughton at Leesville Road

    Tuesday at 7:00 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay

    Tuesday at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: Duke at Notre Dame

    Wednesday at 7:30 pm on 620am

  • ACC: NC State vs. Clemson

    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
Final
CLE 108
OKC 98
Final
NOP 109
DAL 106
Final
ORL 99
IND 106
Final
PHO 100
LAC 120
Final
ATL 112
MIN 100
4th
TOR 112
DET 106
 
Final
SAN 101
MIL 95
 
Half
GSW 56
BOS 49
 
Half
DEN 59
WAS 59
 
9:30pm Tonight
LAL
HOU
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
Final
OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
Final
PITT 68
LOU 80
Final
ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
Final
GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
Final
IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
Final
TENST 55
BEL 63
 
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
VILL 71
CREI 50
 
2nd
MD 50
NW 57
 
Half
UTAH 37
WASH 30
 
Final
TEAMFOLI 12
TEAMTOEWS 17
2nd
CARTER 13
IRVIN 19