Cubs fighting in dugout during exhibition play

Once again the Chicago Cubs have made headlines for brawling among themselves in the dugout. Last June it was ace pitcher, Carlos Zambrano, and slugging first baseman, Derrek Lee, who went at it. On Wednesday, during exhibition play, it was pitcher, Carlos Silva, and third baseman, Aramis Ramirez, who butted heads. Apparently Silva was frustrated after surrendering six runs, but only three earned after the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers. Even though this was his first spring training start Silva, who went 10-6 last year with a 4.22 ERA, had his competitive juices flowing as he was steamed at his team for making three errors. Ramirez, who made one of those errors, confronted Silva, but the two were pulled apart before any punches were thrown. Despite the ugly scene Cubs manager, Mike Quade, isn’t planning to discipline his two players. “You have two [ticked] off people,” Quade said. “It was a brutal inning. There was plenty of blame to go around. Maybe it’s something we need. That just tells you how poor our defense has been [14 in four games]; although we have made our share of pitching mistakes, too.” Chicago, who lost 12-5 in this game, got first inning errors from Ramirez, shortstop, Starlin Castro, and catcher, Koyie Hill. The offensive hero on this day was Brewers third baseman, Casey McGehee, who banged out three hits, including two homeruns and four RBI’s.
“I feel pretty good, but there still is stuff I need to work on,” said McGehee, who hit .285 with 23 homers and 104 RBIs last season. “To have a day like this at the beginning of the spring is not really that realistic, because guys are working on pitches and they don’t want to be walking guys.”


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