MILWAUKEE – Here’s a postcard from this road trip: Anthony Rizzo screaming at the umpire and causing a scene at home plate.
It became the picture of frustration as Rizzo stared at three pitches and got in Jerry Meals’ face after a called strike three – with the Cubs down eight runs and already buried in the fourth inning at Miller Park.
Even a Cubs fan in attendance agreed:
Manager Rick Renteria ran from the dugout to separate the two during Sunday’s 9-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Kyle Lohse needed only two hours and 18 minutes to beat Jeff Samardzija and cruise through a three-hit, complete-game shutout.
“I said my piece and definitely understand why I got ejected,” Rizzo said. “The first pitch was a good pitch – changeup – and then the next two I didn’t agree with at all. Kyle pitched a good game today. He’s impressive out there. Obviously, in that one at-bat, my emotions got to me a little bit and I expressed them.”
Here's the second strike:
Samardzija – who gave up eight runs in three innings, his shortest outing this season – had no issues with Meals.
“I was in no position to be arguing the balls and strikes out there,” Samardzija said. “Jerry was fine. Just some balls over the plate and they jumped on them.”
The Cubs (20-34) were shutout three times during this 4-6 road trip through San Diego, San Francisco and Milwaukee. They will open a three-game series against the New York Mets on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
Rizzo got Friday off after 51 consecutive starts and used his platform to blast the organization for the stalled stadium renovations. He hit two bombs in Saturday’s 8-0 win, but looked ready to head home Sunday night.
“Jeff didn’t have his A-game today,” Rizzo said. “At that point, I was very frustrated with not agreeing with the calls. I’m going to move on from it. I made a mistake.”