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Ejected Cubs Manager Joe Maddon On Umpires’ Overturn: ‘Process Was Wrong’

By Chris Emma– CHICAGO (CBS) — Cubs manager Joe Maddon was given every chance to remain in the dugout for the conclusion of Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night. He was more focused on going down fighting for his team and getting his message across on what he considered a baseball injustice. In the eighth inning of his team’s tense 3-2 win against the Dodgers in Game 4 that staved off elimination, Maddon was ejected for the second time in this NLCS. This time, he was set off by the umpires overturning what initially had been ruled a strikeout of Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson, who swung through a low knuckle curveball from Cubs closer Wade Davis with two strikes. After Granderson and the Dodgers complained that he’d foul tipped it, the umpiring crew conferred and changed the call, which was non-reviewable. That sent Maddon storming out onto the field as Davis labored through a long inning en route to an eventual six-out save. He voiced his anger at just about every member of the six-person crew before finally getting tossed. Throughout the rant, the Cub showcased the replay on the video board that made it clear the final ruling was incorrect. Granderson ended up striking out on the next pitch after Maddon retreated to the clubhouse. Maddon vented postgame anyway after his on-field rage. “If Granderson hits the next one out, I may run out of the clubhouse in my jock strap,” Maddon said. “It was really that bad. You can’t permit that to happen. The process was wrong. The explanation was eventually — eventually —  it turned into hearing two sounds. “Not one of them saw a foul tip or thought it was a foul tip. It was based on two sounds. I totally cannot agree with that process whatsoever. When you have 40,000-something people, it’s late in the game. The other sound could’ve come from some lady screaming in the first row. I have no idea. But I can’t buy that process. “There’s no way – no way – I’m not getting ejected at that point. I got to make my point.” Contreras backed Maddon. “The ball never lies, so he struck out the next pitch,” Contreras said. Maddon’s rant came after he made the bold move to go to Davis in the top of the eighth inning with a 3-1 lead, asking him to save the Cubs’ season. Trust in the bullpen has been lost during a postseason of struggles, so Maddon gambled that Davis could get the job done. After allowing a solo homer to Justin Turner to cut the deficit to 3-2, Davis escaped the eighth inning with two Dodgers on by striking out Chase Utley. After walking Chris Taylor with one out in the ninth, he forced likely NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger into a 4-6-3 double play. With the season hanging in the balance, Maddon managed like there was no tomorrow, and now there will be no tomorrow for Davis. After throwing 48 pitches – including 17 to earn the first of six outs – Davis is unavailable for Game 5 at Wrigley Field on Thursday, Maddon said. If the Cubs have a late lead, they’ll have to find somebody else for the save. The Cubs’ bullpen is fresh aside from Davis, with Brian Duensing the only other reliever to work in Game 4. He faced one batter and threw just two pitches. This means that Duensing, Carl Edwards Jr., Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, Mike Montgomery and John Lackey are all available. If Maddon’s bold moves from Wednesday are any indication, the Cubs could even turn to an available starter to force a flight out to Los Angeles for Game 6. On this night, Maddon and the Cubs with a hard-fought win. After three games of lifeless baseball, the Cubs came out swinging back at the Dodgers. The energy in the ballpark was electric, building a palpable tension as Davis fought for those final outs. As Davis made his manager’s bet a winner, Maddon watched from the clubhouse in his jockstrap as the Cubs survived to play another day. Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.

Cubs’ Joe Maddon Expands On Not Using Wade Davis: Had A Plan In Place, ‘Important Not To Dry Hump Him’

(CBS) A day after his decision to ride No. 5 starter John Lackey in relief with Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on the line backfired, Cubs manager Joe Maddon expanded a bit more on why he didn’t turn to star closer Wade Davis in the ninth inning of a tie game against the Dodgers. As Lackey — who allowed more home runs than any pitcher in baseball this season — allowed the game-winning homer to Dodgers star Justin Turner, Davis had physically gotten up in the bullpen and was moving around. But he hadn’t been instructed by the Cubs coaching staff to get warmed up, Maddon said. Davis was simply tossing a baseball on his own accord. Because of Davis’ big 44-pitch workload in Game 5 of the NL Division Series last Thursday, the Cubs had decided to only use Davis for three outs and in a save situation Sunday, Maddon said.

“That was all predetermined last night,” Maddon said Monday, a day after the Cubs lost 4-1 in Los Angeles. “Again, Wade was not warming up to come into the game. Wade was probably just testing his arm at that point. We had talked about it before the game. Up and in, for those who aren’t involved in baseball or professional baseball in general, when a guy has thrown too much, it’s very important not to dry hump him, as the saying goes. Get him up, then put him back down and then bring him back in later. So I wasn’t going to do that. Wade knew that going into the game. It was going to be with a save. If we caught the lead, he’s in the game.

“So whatever the narrative is, it’s really a false narrative. He was not coming into that game until we grabbed the lead. He was not going to pitch more than three outs. That’s it.”

Maddon also took issue with a reporter when informed that there was great criticism of his decision on social media, saying, “The moment I start worrying about that, I really need to retire.”

“Listen, this guy just do yeomen kind of work — I love that word — in Washington and was not prepared to go more than three outs,” Maddon said of Davis. “I don’t understand why that’s difficult to understand. And furthermore, you have to also understand that it wasn’t the last game of the year or the second-to-last game of the year. It was about winning eight more games. All these things are factors. I really hope you all understand that social media doesn’t count at all. Twitter doesn’t count at all. And really, as sportswriters, you should do a better job than relying on Twitter to write a story, quite frankly.”

The Cubs trail 2-0 in the NLCS. Game 3 is at Wrigley Field on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks opposes Dodgers right-hander Yu Darvish.

Cubs’ Joe Maddon Didn’t Use Wade Davis In Decisive 9th Inning Because He Was Saving Him For The Save

(CBS) In the biggest moment of a crucial Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday night, Cubs closer Wade Davis was available. And he was also nowhere to be found. In the bottom of the ninth of a tie game, Cubs manager Joe Maddon opted to turn to No. 5 starter John Lackey in relief for the second straight day instead of Davis, the team’s lone All-Star and rock. The decision backfired, as Lackey served up a walk-off three-run homer to Justin Turner that lifted the Dodgers to a 4-1 victory and commanding 2-0 series lead. Asked to explain his reasoning, Maddon expressed both an old-school mentality and also concern regarding Davis warming up. “I really just needed him for the save,” Maddon said. “We needed him for the save tonight. He had limited pitches. It was one inning only. In these circumstances, you don’t get him up and then don’t get him in. So if we had copped the lead, he would’ve pitched. That’s it.” Lackey struck out pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer for the second out of the ninth after entering with the winning run on second base. Maddon explained that he liked Lackey’s matchup there and against Chris Taylor, another righty-swinging batter who followed. Taylor worked a walk off Lackey, setting up Turner’s heroics. Turner hit .322 in the regular season, the third-best mark in the NL. Maddon’s answer for using Lackey against Turner was muddled, at best. “Once that walk occurred, then all bets are off against Turner,” Maddon said. “Nobody is really a great matchup against Turner, so it just did not work out.” Maddon later clarified that it’s by no means his practice to always hold his closer back for a save opportunity, but he felt it was best in this case. “I don’t necessarily hold off for the save (always),” Maddon said. “Understand, when you have a guy like that coming off the performance that he had, to warm him up and then not use him is equally as bad. Warm him up, not put him in the game and then ask him to pitch maybe two innings later, that’s really not good for him. So today, tonight, I was really waiting for that opportunity to grab the lead and then throw him out there. That’s what it was all about. There was no way he was pitching more than one.”

Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts: Wade Davis Is Our MVP

(CBS) With a third straight trip to the National League Championship Series on the line, manager Joe Maddon and the Cubs went with all hands on deck. But a wild Game 5 against the Nationals still came down to closer Wade Davis with two outs in the seventh inning and a 9-7 lead to protect. Maddon had originally planned to use Davis from the eighth inning on, as he explained later, but came to a conclusion. “What’s the difference between six and seven?” Maddon said of the outs Davis would have to record. Davis came out for a seven-out save and held the lead, earning the Cubs a 9-8 victory over the Nationals in a winner-take-all Game 5 of the NL Divisional Series in Washington on Thursday night. Chicago is now headed west to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers in the NLCS for the second straight season. The Cubs have now been to the NLCS in three straight seasons. In a season filled with highs and lows, Davis has been a key cog. The Cubs used closer Aroldis Chapman as a key piece in their run to the 2016 World Series. When Chapman signed with the Yankees last offseason, the Cubs traded outfielder Jorge Soler to the Royals in exchange for Davis. Davis became the Cubs’ lone All-Star during a sluggish first half of the season, and he finished with 32 saves and a 2.30 ERA. In the process, Davis earned the admiration of Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts. “Wade Davis, he’s our MVP this year,” Ricketts said. “Without him, I don’t know where we are. And that wasn’t just tonight. It was all season.” Davis also earned the eternal respect of his teammates. “He closed out World Series games,” left-hander Jon Lester said. “When you have that on your resume, I’m not worried about it. He’s a bad SOB. I’m all for Wade. When they brought him in, there was no question on my mind. That’s what you got to do. “You got to live and die by your closer. We did.”

Shaw’s 2-Run Homer In 10th Stuns Cubs, Gives Brewers 4-3 Win

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Travis Shaw hit a game-winning two-run homer with one out in the 10th inning off All-Star closer Wade Davis, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Shaw jumped up and down near the plate as he waited for the ball to clear the left-field fence. The Brewers had lost the first two games of the pivotal series in extra innings. Milwaukee moved back to within 4 1/2 games of NL Central-leading Chicago and 1 1/2 games back of Colorado for a wild-card spot with the Rockies playing later Saturday. With eight days left in the regular season, the Cubs still seem to be in good shape to win a second straight division title. But they suddenly look vulnerable in the late innings after Davis blew his first save opportunity of the year after 32 successful chances. Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia homered off Davis (4-2) to lead off the ninth to tie the game at 2. The game had a playoff-like atmosphere again. Both sides have played good defense and pitched well. Boisterous Cubs fans showed up again in droves. They were drowned out by the end of the afternoon by Brewers fans anxious to see their team make its first postseason appearance since 2011. The Cubs had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the 10th on Jon Jay’s RBI single off Jeremy Jeffress (5-2). Out came Davis from the dugout for the bottom of the 10th to try to close out the game again for the Cubs. Shaw had other plans. Ryan Braun doubled to right with one out to bring up the Brewers’ RBI leader. With his helmet off as he approached the plate on his homer, Shaw was greeted by giddy teammates holding orange Gatorade buckets. STARTING TIME Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks threw a season-high 112 pitches, allowing one run and eight hits over six solid innings. Brewers: LHP Brent Suter pitched 5 1/3 effective innings, allowing six hits including Ian Happ’s two-out RBI single in the second. He has a 1.66 ERA in four appearances since returning on Sept. 3 from a two-plus week stint on the disabled list with a strained rotator cuff. TRAINER’S ROOM Cubs: Manager Joe Maddon doesn’t think LHP Jon Lester’s recent struggles are related to an injury. Lester has an 8.22 ERA with six home runs allowed in 23 innings over his last five starts. “There’s nothing wrong with him, ailment-wise. If there was, I’d be concerned. But I’m not getting that at all,” Maddon said. Brewers: C Manny Pina missed a second straight game with a sprained left thumb. UP NEXT Cubs: LHP Jose Quintana (10-11) looks for another solid outing against the Brewers. He’s 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA in three career starts against Milwaukee. Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (11-3) finally gets to face the Cubs at Miller Park this season. He was 2-1 with a 5.14 ERA in three starts this year at Wrigley Field. (© 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.)

Levine: On Cubs News And Notes

By Bruce LevineCHICAGO (CBS) — INF Tommy La Stella was recalled from Triple-A Iowa Sunday, as bench fortification on next road trip that begins in San Francisco on Monday. The Cubs LHP Rob Zastryzny was returned to the minor leagues. La Stella gives manager Joe Maddon some infield depth with Addison Russell on the DL. The veteran infielder gives his manager a left-handed pinch hitter off the bench late in games, as well as an option at second and third base. Speaking of Russell — the Chicago Cubs shortstop has been out since Thursday with a foot injury. He is scheduled to come off the disabled list on August 13. “The pain started five or six days ago,” Russell said. “It is something I feel I could have tried to play through. We felt to be safe, we would take this time to be safe and make sure it doesn’t get worse than it is. We are taking precautions and doing the treatments now. Hopefully, by the time the ten-day DL is over with, I will be ready to play.” Russell has had issues to deal with on and off the field. He had some shoulder issues earlier this season that found him out of the lineup from time to time. Until the last few weeks, Russel’s offense and defense have been less consistent than his All-Star season of 2016. “There is no pain limp right now,” Russell insisted. “We are just strengthening the foot now. For me, it’s about getting that muscle strong again. The weakness just gradually occurred throughout the course of the week.” The 23-year-old infielder is hitting .241 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI. Russell had 21 home runs and 95 RBI in 2016. Closer Wade Davis has had some pitch count issues during his last two save opportunities. Davis has converted all of his save opportunities this season (23/23). During his last two outings, he has had to extend to 30 pitches in each attempt. The 23 straight saves is a Cubs single season record. The command issue appears to be the reason for these recently extended appearances. “He seems to be trying to be a little too fine early in the count,” Maddon said of Davis. “For me, it is a lot of cutter related balls. His fast command seems fine. For a while, the curve ball was missing; now it appears the cutter is missing. The fastball is outstanding. From watching from the side, he appears to be a little too fine early in the count. He can throw a strike whenever he wants to.” “I have always felt that way about Wade,” Maddon continued. “The stuff is the same. He had gotten up to 96-97 MPH yesterday when he wanted it. When that cutter starts to go where he wants it, he will start cutting guys up in ten to fifteen pitches. I have a lot of faith in him — he will work through this.” Good news front — the Cubs are the first defending World Champions to have a division lead on August 1 since the 2011 San Francisco Giants. Three runs or less has decided eight of the Cubs’ last nine games. A save has been recorded in the Cubs last eight games (four by the Cubs). RHP Carl Edwards has the lowest batting average against for a reliever in the National League (.132 batting average against).

Joe Maddon On Managing All-Star Game With Just 1 Cubs Player In It: ‘Awkward’

MIAMI (AP) — World Series champions usually get to keep on celebrating at the following year’s All-Star Game.

Not this year.

Manager Joe Maddon is the only member of the Cubs’ first championship team since 1908 attending the All-Star Game. With the Cubs languishing at 43-45, tied for second in the NL Central and 5 1/2 games back of Milwaukee, their only All-Star is Wade Davis. The reliever was acquired in December in a trade with Kansas City.

“Yesterday was an awkward moment for me accepting my jersey in front of our entire team in Wrigley Field,” Maddon said Monday. “To be presented a jersey on our field in front of all of our fans and have none of our players out there was different. It was difficult.”

The previous World Series champion with just one All-Star was the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007 with Albert Pujols.

Davis predicted a rebound after the All-Star Game.

“There’s a lot of talent on that team and they’ll be fine. They’re going to be good,” he said. “I guarantee it.”

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

Wade Davis Named As Cubs’ Only All-Star, Kris Bryant Placed To Final Vote

(CBS) A year removed from sending seven players to the All-Star Game, the Cubs have just one player selected with Wade Davis earning that distinction in initial voting. Kris Bryant is up for the final vote. Davis has now been chosen three times as an All-Star. He is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA and has converted 16 saves on the season. Davis, 31, was acquired by the Cubs in a trade that sent outfielder Jorge Soler to the Royals. A starter up until 2014, Davis converted to the bullpen and became one of the game’s most dominant relievers. The Cubs have no starters for the game after having five players named last season. Their starting infield of Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Kris Bryant earned the honors, with Dexter Fowler also a starter. Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta were also named to the game. Rizzo lost out to the Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman in voting for first baseman. Bryant fell just shy of the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado in voting at third base. Bryant is hitting .263 with 16 home runs and 32 RBIs in 76 games this season. The All-Star Game will be held on July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami.