Kris Bryant Day hasn’t gone according to plan for the Chicago Cubs, as the over-hyped call up of baseball’s No. 1 prospect hasn’t given fans much to cheer about.
Bryant struck out his first three plate appearances, but the Cubs still had a 4-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning. After a couple of pitching changes, right-hander Brian Schlitter came in the game with two outs and two runners on base.
After it appeared that the Cubs’ pitcher had struck out San Diego Padres hitter Wil Myers, the right-handed center fielder launched a three-run home run, giving San Diego a 5-4 lead. Cubs manager Joe Maddon wasn’t happy with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook.
All game long, Holbrook had a wide strike zone, giving both starting pitchers a couple inches off both sides of the plate. Yet, the pitch prior to the Myers’ home run was called a ball despite being in the strike zone.
Maddon quickly came out of the Cubs’ dugout and argued with Holbrook, also complaining about an earlier call when Chicago pitcher Jason Hammel also appeared to have an out, but then allowed a two-run home to Will Middlebrooks.
The Cubs lost 5-4.
VIDEO: Joe Maddon ejected after blown called 3rd strike. Claiming all 5 runs scored by the Padres were off bad calls. http://t.co/FrCSVXhI2F
— MarcusD (@_MarcusD_) April 17, 2015