Sveum finds himself ejected on leadoff batter
Cubs manager argues checked-swing call, tossed for sixth time in 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Cubs manager Dale Sveum was ejected in the first inning of Wednesday's 4-0 loss for arguing a checked-swing call during Dodgers leadoff batter Yasiel Puig's at-bat.
The count was 2-2, and Chicago starter Edwin Jackson thought the Dodgers outfielder had gone around on the next pitch, a fastball. Sveum challenged the call, and was ejected by first-base umpire Lance Barksdale.
"Obviously, you don't want to get thrown out for something like that in the first inning," Sveum said. "We said our piece and [Barksdale] had his head in our dugout for 30 seconds, and I don't think that's right. We said our piece, we didn't like it, and we were done. He kept his head in our dugout waiting for somebody to say something else. Unfortunately, I did."
It was Sveum's sixth ejection this season, and it's the earliest in a game that he's been tossed this year.
"I thought [Puig] went," Jackson said, "but [Barksdale] called him safe. As a pitcher, you try not to get too caught up in that. You try to keep peace and stay within yourself so you can get ready to face the next batter."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.