CHICAGO -- It was too cold and too wet at Wrigley Field to play on Sunday, so the game between the Cubs and Braves was postponed. They will play a makeup game May 14 at 1:20 p.m. CT at Wrigley, which was an off-day prior to the Cubs' three-game series
CHICAGO -- It was too cold and too wet at Wrigley Field to play on Sunday, so the game between the Cubs and Braves was postponed. They will play a makeup game May 14 at 1:20 p.m. CT at Wrigley, which was an off-day prior to the Cubs' three-game series in Atlanta.
"Driving out again, it was remarkably bad," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the weather. "It's just the right thing to do. It's not about getting games in -- you want to be able to play the game at a Major League-, championship-caliber level.
"[Saturday's] game, we were fortunate it was played in its entirety, because that's how we won that game -- based on how badly the conditions were by the end," Maddon added. "We'll take it, but I'm glad the decision was made this way today. Even if it's not actually physically raining, there are a lot of other different reasons that make a game unplayable and [Saturday] was a perfect example."
The Cubs rallied from a 10-2 deficit on Saturday to beat the Braves, 14-10, scoring nine runs in the eighth inning on three hits, five walks, two hit-by-pitches, one wild pitch and one error. According to STATS Inc., the Cubs are the first team to win by four or more runs after trailing by eight or more runs since the Blue Jays rallied from an eight-run deficit to win, 14-9, over the Reds on June 20, 2014.
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Saturday's gametime temperature of 38 degrees marked the coldest first pitch at Wrigley Field since May 16, 2014, against the Brewers, when it was also 38 degrees. Since 1990, the coldest gametime temperature recorded at Wrigley is 26 degrees, on April 20, 1993, against the Astros.
Maddon gave his players credit because they didn't gripe on Saturday.
"Nobody complained and if they were, they didn't complain to me," Maddon said. "We were getting our butts kicked and all of a sudden we weren't. Give our guys a lot of credit, but give Atlanta credit because the way they hit the ball under those circumstances to me was impressive, too. They played a good game of baseball. They were victimized by the circumstances."
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.