Dale Sveum ejected in Cubs’ loss to Brewers
BY GORDON WITTENMYER email@example.com April 19, 2013 11:20PM
Anthony Rizzo bobbles the ball on Norichika Aoki’s grounder in the first. The error began a four-run inning for the Brewers. | Getty Images
The facts: 6:10 p.m., CSN, 720-AM.
The pitchers: Edwin Jackson (0-2, 6.06 ERA) vs. Hiram Burgos (major-league debut).
Updated: May 21, 2013 6:32AM
MILWAUKEE — At the end of the year, it’s not going to matter that the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cubs 5-4 on Friday night at Miller Park.
But manager Dale Sveum’s quick and heated reaction to home-plate ump Chris Guccione’s perceived treatment of Sveum’s starting pitcher in the sixth inning — getting Sveum ejected — is the kind of thing that has at least a chance to resonate beyond this game.
“It’s great,” said right-hander Jeff Samardzija (1-3), who rebounded from a four-run first to retire 20 of the final 23 he faced. “The thing with Dale is he doesn’t do it unless it’s needed. He’s not a red-ass. He doesn’t go out there looking to argue.’’
But when Samardzija reacted angrily from the mound on a ball-three call to Ryan Braun that looked like it might have been strike three, Guccione took his mask off and looked hard toward Samardzija.
Sveum bolted from the dugout and started firing on Guccione, getting a quick thumb. Then he got his money’s worth with a few more words.
“That’s not acceptable when a guy’s out there competing and somebody rips their mask off for one pitch,” Sveum said. “It wasn’t like he was bitching about eight or 10 pitches.”
Borbon in, out
Outfielder Julio Borbon was claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday, flew from the Dallas area to Chicago and took a limo service from O’Hare to Miller Park — just in time to dress quickly for the ninth inning, enter as a pinch runner and get thrown out trying to steal second to end the game.
“They gave me the green light right away,” he said. “They wanted me to make sure if I got a jump to be aggressive and go for it. That’s what I was brought here to do. Obviously, you’ll probably be in a different mind-set [if there the whole game], but it’s not an excuse.”
The lefty-hitting Borbon, 27, is a career .283 hitter (685 at-bats) with little power, some speed and an ability to play all three outfield spots.
The Cubs made room on the roster by designating Alberto Gonzalez for assignment.
It’s unclear how long he will last on the big-league roster with third baseman Ian Stewart (quad) expected back from the DL during the next homestand and the Cubs down to one bench infielder.
Matt Garza (lat strain) threw a two-inning simulated game Friday. After a between-starts side session Sunday, he’s scheduled to start a three- or four-game minor-league rehab stint Wednesday with Class AA Tennessee.
◆ Infielder Brent Lillibridge cleared waivers and was sent to Class AAA Iowa.