The Iowa Cubs did something yesterday their major league counterparts haven't done in more than two decades.
Iowa turned a triple play in Monday night's game against the Oklahoma City Dodgers. The big league Cubs haven't turned a triple play since early in the 1997 season, in the fifth inning of a 4-2 loss against the San Francisco Giants.
Monday's triple play came when Iowa shortstop Elliot Soto caught a line drive off Charlie Culberson's bat. Soto then passed the ball to second baseman Chesney Young, who stepped on the base and tagged the base runner for the second and third outs.
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Unfortunately, the play was part of a 4-3 loss by Iowa. But still an impressive feat for these minor leaguers.
Carlos Zambrano hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 (and the minors since 2013), but he is back pitching in Chicagoland.
The former Cubs ace made his debut with the Chicago Dogs of the American Association on Saturday. Zambrano didn't register any strikeouts, but retired all four batters he faced.
The 37-year-old got three groundouts and a flyout in 13 pitches.
The Dogs play at Impact Field in Rosemont and the day before Zambrano's debut they set a world record for the most wieners in one location. So this is a bit different than the major leagues.
The Cubs finished Saturday's loss at the Nationals under protest after Joe Maddon saw what he believed to be an inconsistency in how illegal pitches are being called.
Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle came in to close the game out in the ninth with the Nats up 5-2. After one pitch, Maddon went to the umpires to complain. This dragged on throughout the inning.
Maddon didn't like that Doolittle's delivery involved him pausing and potentially even touching the ground in the middle of his wind up before coming home with the pitch. To Maddon, it was clearly an illegal pitch and he was fired up because that's something Carl Edwards Jr. got called for earlier in the season. By comparison, Edwards' version may be more deliberate, but Maddon thinks it is the same thing.
"That's exactly what I was told Carl can't do," Maddon said postgame in a video posted by ESPN's Jesse Rogers. "There's no judgment. If he taps the ground, it's an illegal pitch, period. There's nothing to judge. You can judge whether he did or not. It's obvious that he did, or if you can't tell that then there's something absolutely wrong."
Maddon and the Cubs protested the game as a result. If they win the protest, the game would be restarted with one out in the ninth, when Maddon notified the umpires of the protest.
Doolittle was less than amused by Maddon's protest.
"I have no qualms against Doolittle," Maddon said. "He's great, but they took it away from our guy so for me to sit in the dugout and permit that to happen while they stripped us of that ability earlier this year with Carl, how could I do that? You can't do that. I got to say something."
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