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There may be trouble down the line between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.
Following Friday's 12-2 loss, the Cubs were incensed that Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis attempted to steal with their pitcher up and one out in the fifth inning. Ellis was thrown out at second base. At that time, Los Angeles had an 8-1 lead.
According to Cubs manager Mike Quade, using a hit-and-run or trying to steal in that circumstance is a breach of baseball's unwritten rules.
"I probably have to get a copy of the Milwaukee and the Los Angeles unwritten rules books," Quade said in an unsolicited commentary after the game.
"I don't know if they missed a sign or if it was a hit-and-run or something. I've got to brush up on my unwritten rules things. There might be a Los Angeles and Milwaukee version I need to read."
A similar circumstance occurred when the Cubs played Milwaukee on April 9. At that time, Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez stole second and third base late in the game with the Brewers leading 6-0.
Quade was asked how many runs are too many for another team not to use the running game.
"I don't know. I was just curious. I guess 15," he said tongue-in-cheek. "I was a little surprised at [the attempted steal]. But I believe there was a missed sign in the midst of that."
Quade is not alone in his ire. One Cub player told ESPNChicago.com that "things like that are always remembered down the road."
The Cubs and the Dodgers continue their three-game series at 12:05 CT on Saturday.Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com.