Whether Joe Maddon’s fiery exchange with umpires Wednesday night proves to be a harbinger of less tolerance as the games get bigger down the stretch, the Cubs manager seemed sure of only this much by Thursday:
Maddon takes his argument to crew chief Ron Kulpa after being ejected in Wednesday's ninth inning by first-base Ump Chris Conroy.
The slow-to-anger Zobrist, who admitted Wednesday night he might have had to be restrained if the Cubs had not pushed the winning run across, returned to the plate and tapped to the pitcher to advance the runners.
Maddon said he had not heard yet from major league baseball regarding his inevitable fine or a possible suspension for Wednesday’s actions, which may have included making contact with crew chief Ron Kulpa after saying his piece to first-base ump Chris Conroy.
The left-hander, who was the Tigers’ closer at the time of the trade, walked both batters he faced with the Cubs trailing by a run in the eighth Thursday and was pulled.
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