What just happened at Wrigley Field?

The Cubs and San Francisco Giants came to a standstill as Tuesday night turned into Wednesday morning, leaving both teams hanging around the dugouts for hours, waiting for answers that didn’t satisfy anyone.

The bleachers and upper deck were almost completely empty by the time the umpires determined the field would be unplayable and called the game at 1:16 a.m. That handed the Cubs a 2-0 five-inning victory that left the Giants seething with frustration.

“I’m beside myself,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said afterward. “In this day and age, it cannot happen. It shouldn’t happen.”

The Giants (65-59) are expected to protest after moving into a tie with the Atlanta Braves for the second wild card. But no one came up with an alternative solution during a delay that lasted four hours and 34 minutes.

“We exhausted all efforts to get this game played,” home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt told a pool reporter, estimating his crew had made 20 to 30 communications with Major League Baseball. “There was nothing to put our hat on to suspend the game. There was really no way around it.”

The delay started around 8:42 p.m., with the Cubs leading in the middle of the fifth inning after Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer onto Sheffield Avenue and Tsuyoshi Wada’s shutdown performance.

It poured for roughly 15 minutes in a short, powerful burst and then the rain completely stopped. But the grounds crew had struggled to get the tarp all the way across the diamond.