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Maddon ejected after losing challenge

Play at first confirmed after Cubs asked for replay

MILWAUKEE -- The Cubs not only lost a challenge Sunday but manager Joe Maddon, who was ejected in the third inning of Sunday's 4-3 win over the Brewers.

Maddon was tossed after he questioned crew chief Hunter Wendelstedt following the review of a call.

With two outs in the Brewers' third, Milwaukee had a runner at second when Adam Lind hit a ball to shortstop Starlin Castro. Castro made a diving stop, spun, and threw to first from one knee, and Lind was called safe. Maddon challenged the call, but after a review, it was confirmed.

Video: CHC@MIL: Umpires review safe call at first in 3rd

Maddon came out of the dugout with his arms raised to question the call and Wendelstedt, who was at second base, then ejected the manager. What explanation did Maddon get?

"There isn't any," Maddon said. "It was incongruent with what I saw on the big screen, that's all."

The problem was that Maddon didn't see first-base umpire David Rackley signal that first baseman Anthony Rizzo was off the bag when the play was made. The replay on the video board at Miller Park appeared to support Maddon's view that Castro had thrown Lind out.

"There was no indication that Rizzo was off the bag, and that's where I was confused," Maddon said. "I thought the call was made purely on the fact that Lind had beaten the play at first base. That's what the call was on the field. It's my fault. It's always my fault. It was my fault. My bad."

If there's a plus side, the Cubs held on for the win to complete a sweep of Milwaukee and now are 10 games over .500 at 57-47.

"It's good to get 10 plus," Maddon said. "The goal then is to get 15 [over .500]."

Maddon's three other ejections this season have come when he's argued balls and strikes.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.
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