CHICAGO -- Half an hour before resuming a game that started Tuesday night, the Giants and Cubs went into another rain delay.

A quick flurry of rain hit at around 3:30 Central Time, and this time the grounds crew was prepared. The tarp at Wrigley Field was placed perfectly and remained in place for a second swatch that was supposed to hit closer to the originally scheduled 4:05 first pitch. The Cubs lead 2-0 in a game that was originally called, and then was suspended when Major League Baseball approved a protest filed by the Giants.

Manager Bruce Bochy said his side was in good shape heading into the resumption. The teams are scheduled to play again at 7:05 p.m., and catcher Buster Posey was cleared to catch both games a day after sitting out with a tight hip. Yusmeiro Petit will take the ball for Ryan Vogelsong, who pitched five innings Tuesday. Bochy has a fresh bullpen, too.

"We should feel fortunate," he said. "What's 14 innings? It's not like that hasn't been done a lot. I don't see it as a challenge as much as we should feel thankful."

The Cubs are in a different situation. Shortstop Starlin Castro was put on the bereavement list during the two-day delay and was not available Thursday night. Castro was hitting cleanup when the teams started playing Tuesday.

Anticipating a long night at Wrigley Field, Bochy sent Tim Hudson ahead to Washington, where he will start Friday night's game with the Nationals.

"I'll be watching y'all," Hudson said as he rolled a bag out of the clubhouse.



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