Sveum Ejected in 1st, Dodgers Shutout Cubs
LOS ANGELES — Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum was ejected in the bottom of the first inning by first base umpire Lance Barksdale of Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to the Dodgers.
Sveum was tossed after arguing a checked swing call by Barksdale on a 2-2 pitch from Edwin Jackson to Yasiel Puig. Barksdale ruled that Puig didn’t swing and called it a ball. Sveum argued for several minutes before leaving the field.
Puig finished the at-bat by walking but was erased when Carl Crawford grounded into a double play.
Hanley Ramirez followed with a home run — his 15th — and Andre Ethier added a solo homer in the fourth as the Dodgers coasted to victory.
The ejection was the sixth of the season for Sveum as the Cubs concluded a 2-4 trip.The Cubs managed only three hits through eight innings against Ricky Nolasco (11-9), who extended his scoreless streak to 16 innings. After an error by Ramirez with two out, Welington Castillo hit a double that advanced Junior Lake to third. But Cody Ransom was called out on strikes on a breaking pitch he contested to end the second.
That was as close as the Cubs would come to scoring against Nolasco, as the Cubs were blanked for the 12th time. Nolasco struck out 11.
A throwing error by Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (7-14) on an attempted force play at third led to two runs in the fifth.
Puig left the game after four innings for undisclosed reasons. Puig, batting leadoff, drew a walk in the first and struck out on a 94 mph fastball against Jackson in the third and slammed his bat.
Puig also made two catches in right in a nonchalant manner in the top of the fourth.
The Cubs will be off Thursday before opening a three-game series at Wrigley Field against Philadelphia and manager and Cubs Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg. They will oppose former Cy Young Award winners Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee in the first two games.