Rain, rain, go away

Baseball historian Ed Hartig could not find any reference to another four-minute rain delay such as the brief interruption before the Cubs sixth on Wednesday. However, some fans may remember the rain-less rain delay of 1999. On Aug. 23, 1999, the Cubs and Giants sat through nearly two hours of a rain-less delay. Before the game, the Cubs had gotten reports that inclement weather was about to hit Wrigley Field. Instead of starting the game only to have it be quickly stopped, the Cubs decided to delay the start, let the rain come in, and then play. But the storm front stalled and the rain didn’t show up for nearly two hours.

The game was eventually rained out, but the teams could have played an official game in the time spent waiting for the rain to arrive.

One other note from Hartig: Prior to Bobby Scales, the last Cub to hit a pinch-hit home run for his first MLB home run was Freddie Bynum on May 17, 2006 versus the Nationals at Wrigley.

— Carrie Muskat

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