Sunday, May 21, 2006
Cubs send down Hill after seven-run shelling
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs optioned left-hander Rich Hill
to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, a day after he gave up seven runs in a
loss to the White Sox that was marked by a bench-clearing brawl.
In the second inning, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski tagged
up on a fly to left and ran over Cubs catcher Michael Barrett, just
before the ball arrived. Barrett punched him in the face. The
benches emptied, and the White Sox's Brian Anderson got into a
fight with the Cubs' John Mabry. All four players were ejected.
After the White Sox's 7-0 victory, Hill called Pierzynski's play
"gutless" and "pathetic," comments that did not sit well with
either White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen or Cubs manager Dusty Baker.
On Sunday, Guillen responded to Hill's assessment of the play
with several expletives and said Hill "is going to make Dusty
Baker get fired. Shut up. He just got to the big leagues. When you
make a comment that [it] was a cheap shot, you don't know the
Baker was not happy about Hill's comments but said the move was
based on the pitcher's performance. Hill is 0-4 with a 9.31 ERA in
four starts. In addition to allowing seven runs Saturday, Hill
walked five in four innings.
"That wasn't right," Baker said of Hill's comments. "What
Pierzynski did was baseball. What happened after that was a
different story. The play itself, that's how I was taught to
The Cubs recalled right-hander Michael Wuertz to take Hill's
spot. Wuertz had a 6.75 ERA and no decisions in three relief
appearances with the Cubs before Sunday's game.