Inclement weather postpones Giants-Cubs finale

Inclement weather postpones Giants-Cubs finale

Inclement weather postpones Giants-Cubs finale
CHICAGO -- Sunday's game between the Cubs and Giants was postponed because of the forecast for inclement weather and leftover saturation of the infield from Saturday's game.

The two teams will make up the game on June 28 at 1:20 p.m. CT as part of a day-night doubleheader at Wrigley Field. The Giants come back for a three-game series June 28-30 and were already scheduled to play a night game on June 28. Tickets for Sunday's game will be honored for the June 28 day game.

The Cubs will be busy that week as they already have a makeup game June 27 against the Rockies.

For the next series, Cubs manager Mike Quade will tweak his rotation and start Sunday's scheduled pitcher Carlos Zambrano (4-1, 4.35 ERA) on Monday against the Reds, with Matt Garza (2-4, 4.17 ERA) going Tuesday. Ryan Dempster (2-4, 6.71 ERA) will start Wednesday in the first game of a two-game series against the Marlins, followed by Casey Coleman (1-3, 7.22 ERA). Doug Davis, who made his first start Saturday night in horrible conditions and gave up one earned run over six innings, will open the Cubs' Interleague series against the Red Sox on Friday.

On Saturday night, the Cubs and Giants played a rain-shortened six-inning game. The game-time temperature was 43 degrees, and it was the 12th home game this season out of 22 when it has been under 50 degrees. On Sunday, there was a 100 percent chance of rain and winds gusting up to 37 mph out of the north-northeast.

Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney, who grew up in Portland, Ore., knows something about rain. One of the problems in playing Sunday wasn't just the wind, rain and cold but the fact that the infield was soaked.

"In Little League, we're sponging fields every day," Barney said. "My dad and I would go out and sponge the fields. In high school, you're sitting around and waiting in the last period for the announcement and it's dreadful when they say, 'Men's baseball canceled,' and it's the fifth cancellation in six games.

"I don't mind the rain," Barney said. "The cold -- I don't like the cold. I'd rather play in decent temperature and rain."

The Cubs are trying to keep a positive approach regarding what nature is throwing at them.

"The fair thing is they're playing under the same conditions so they have the same challenges we do," Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena said. "The way I look at it is who wins the ballgame is whoever loves it the most -- whoever loves the horrible conditions the most, whoever embraces the conditions the most.

"We kind of joke about it because it keeps us loose and say, 'Hey, this is great, this is awesome. It's raining, the wind is in our faces, this is great' -- that's the way we try to approach it and give it all we have."

Doesn't he miss the domed stadium in St. Petersburg?

"On those days [like Saturday night], a dome would be nice," Pena said. "It comes with the territory and comes with the experience and comes with being a Chicago Cub. I know [the opponents] hate coming in here when the weather conditions are like that. I almost feel it's an advantage."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.