Cubs’ manager Mike Quade adds one more to ejection total
By Toni Ginnetti firstname.lastname@example.org September 18, 2011 11:14PM
Updated: November 30, 2011 12:17AM
Leading the majors in ejections isn’t something Cubs manager Mike Quade is proud of.
Nonetheless, he was tossed for the seventh time this season during a confusing eighth inning Sunday in which an apparent two-run home run by Carlos Pena was reviewed and changed to a double. The Cubs eventually lost 3-2 to the Houston Astros.
‘‘In retrospect, maybe [the umpires] got this right, but you do what you have to do,’’ Quade said. ‘‘A couple of [the ejections] I think weren’t deserved.’’
Quade was ejected by third-base umpire Marty Foster for arguing that Starlin Castro, who was at first base at the time of Pena’s drive, should have been allowed to score. The umpires sent Castro back to third after determining Pena’s shot didn’t clear the yellow line atop the outfield basket. Quade contended Castro slowed up when he saw Foster give the sign for a home run.
Quade also said Foster insisted he saw where Castro was even as he watched the flight of the ball.
‘‘I love technology, but there are things that have to be worked out, like [what to do] when a runner reacts to an umpire’s call and then the call is overturned,’’ Quade said.
Power of speed
His size hardly fits that of an intimidator, but pint-sized outfielder Tony Campana has added a weapon to the Cubs’ arsenal — speed — that should give him a shot to make the roster next season.
‘‘When you think of intimidation, you don’t think of a guy’s legs,’’ Quade said. ‘‘He drew a walk [Saturday], which is something he needs to do — get on base and create some havoc — and I was so happy to see that.’’
Campana has a team-best 22 stolen bases in 23 attempts.
‘‘I’m always happy when he runs intelligently,’’ Quade said. ‘‘He’s not going to surprise anyone at this point, that’s for sure. I see . . . teams are playing shallower in the outfield. But a pitcher has to decide how much to let [Campana’s] speed affect you.
‘‘[His speed] is something we haven’t seen in a while. It’s just a valuable asset to have.’’
The Milwaukee Brewers might be eyeing a clinching party this week at Wrigley Field as they close in on the National League Central title.
‘‘It’s our home turf,’’ Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster said. ‘‘They’ve had a good year, but we don’t want to see anyone clinch on our home turf.’’
Dempster (10-13) allowed three runs in the first inning Sunday before pitching six scoreless innings. He’ll get two more starts, Quade said.
Dempster needs 91/3 more innings to reach 200 for the season.