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SF@KC: Bumgarner fans five over eight innings of work

Cubs legend Ernie Banks famously coined the phrase "Let's Play Two," which is a bit catchier than "Let's Play One and a Half." But that's precisely what will happen at Wrigley Field on Thursday.

The Giants won their protest of a rain-shortened loss on Tuesday night, when the Wrigley Field grounds crew struggled to deploy the tarp, which led to an unrecoverable amount of damage to the playing surface during a 15-minute rainstorm. More than four and a half hours later, the game was called -- Cubs win, 2-0, in the bottom of the fifth. The ruling was overturned on Wednesday, and the game will be completed on Thursday prior to the regularly scheduled matchup.

Yusmeiro Petit is expected to pitch for the Giants in the continuation, with the Cubs expected to send the recently acquired Jacob Turner to the mound.

For the regularly scheduled matchup, ace Madison Bumgarner will take the mound for the Giants. He's 9-3 with a 1.72 ERA in 14 road starts in 2014, compared with 4-6 and 5.17 at home.

Bumgarner's 13 wins tie his second most and match his totals of 2011 and 2013. He is 2-2 with a 3.42 ERA in four career starts at Wrigley Field.

He'll be opposed by fellow lefty Travis Wood, who has had a summer to forget.

Wood has not won in his last 11 starts and has a 5.40 ERA in that stretch. He took the loss in his most recent outing, vs. the Mets, giving up two runs on four hits, but he also walked four. His last home win came on May 18.

Given Thursday's continuation and Edwin Jackson being chased from Wednesday night's game after just 2 2/3 innings, necessitating a lengthy stretch by the bullpen, the Cubs will need Wood to bounce back.

Cubs: Baez learning on the job
In his first 12 games in the big leagues, hard-swinging rookie Javier Baez struck out 20 times, had 13 hits -- including four home runs -- and drew zero walks. That changed on Sunday, when he walked twice against the Mets.

"I think that was a byproduct of the process of his at-bats," manager Rick Renteria said. "He was staying to his strengths, seeing the ball in his zone and not being too overanxious.

"Over the long haul, he understands that if he's swinging at pitches that [can't be handled], they're going to keep [throwing them], for sure. He's 21 years old. He's learning."

In 17 games since being called up from Triple-A Iowa, Baez is hitting .231, with five home runs and nine RBIs.

Giants: Panik has no problems with pinkie
Rookie second baseman Joe Panik showed no ill effects on Wednesday following his injury scare last Sunday, when he dislocated his left pinkie.

Panik went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in his first game action since the injury.

Panik has been on a torrid pace, hitting .438 in his last 13 games to lift his batting average, from .203 to .295.

Worth noting
• The Giants are the first team since 1986 to successfully protest a game.

• Renteria said on Wednesday that Felix Doubront will return before the club's Aug. 30 doubleheader against the Cardinals.

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