Frustrated Cubs fight ... with each other
Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano and catcher Michael Barrett got into a dustup during Friday's 8-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves, the latest in a spell of bad times for the storied Chicago club.
Zambrano and Barrett got into a shoving match in the Cubs' dugout after the Braves scored five runs in the top of the fifth to make it 7-1.
Jeff Francoeur's two-run double made it 4-1 and, with runners on first and second, Barrett allowed a passed ball and threw wildly to third for an error that let another run score. Pitcher Kyle Davies (3-3) and Kelly Johnson followed with RBI doubles.
Cubs manager Lou Piniella separated Zambrano and Barrett and sent his pitcher to the clubhouse. Barrett later went to the clubhousewhere he and Zambranogot into it again.Barrettwound up with a split lip and had to betreated at a hospital.
Both players did not return to the game andPiniella said both players will be disciplined Saturday.
"These things shouldn't happen," Piniella said. "Go fight the other team if you have to. Amongst yourselves? It happens, but it really shouldn't."
Chicago has lost nine of 11 and dropped to 22-30 on the season. The latest loss had Piniella steaming.
"You don't like to see some of the silliness that's going on the field," said the temperamental bench boss. "I only have so many players that I can play. It's about time some of them start playing like major-leaguers or get somebody else in here that can catch a damn ball or run the bases properly! All right? That's all I can say!"
Zambrano, pitching on his 26th birthday, had a miserable outing, allowing a career-high 13 hits and seven runs in five innings. He dropped to 5-5 on the season with the loss.
Scott Eyre took the mound for the Cubs in the sixth inning, while Koyie Hill replaced Barrett at catcher.