MILWAUKEE -- The newest Cubs' losing trend has taken its toll on the entire team, including manager Mike Quade, who was ejected in the first inning on Sunday.
After Aramis Ramirez was rung up by umpire Bill Miller on a questionable called third strike, Quade went out to stick up for Ramirez and was tossed.
“(Quade) didn’t do anything wrong,” Ramirez said after the Cubs’ 3-2 loss. “He went out there and tried to defend his player and for some reason he was thrown out.”
The ejection was Quade’s sixth of the season. Ironically, the Cubs manager promised in spring training that getting tossed out of games was something that he was careful not to get involved in. He said no four-letter, off-color words were involved on Sunday.
“Bill didn’t like what I said,” Quade said. “So I sat and watched the game. There’s no reason to talk about what I said, but there was no ‘magic word.’ ”
Quade would not get into a discussion as to whether there was any history between him and Miller.
Quade’s six ejections tie him for the most in baseball with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
“(Gardenhire) has had a tough year as well,” Quade said.
The Cubs have sunk to a season-low 23.5 games out of first place in the NL Central after losing their seventh game in their last eight.
They were swept by the Brewers in Milwaukee for the second straight time this season and have lost eight straight at Miller Park.
“We’ve been playing some good teams,” Ramirez said. “Atlanta’s very good. We all know about Milwaukee -- especially at home they play extremely well. We have three games with San Francisco and we know about their pitching. We have to bring our ‘A’ game and get out there and be better.”
Ramirez’ 16-game hitting streak came to an end on Sunday as he went 0-for-4.