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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, May 19, 2019 1:00 am


Cubs protest loss to Nationals

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Cubs manager Joe Maddon protested Chicago's 5-2 loss to the Nationals on Saturday night after twice coming out to complain about Washington closer Sean Doolittle's delivery.

After eight solid innings by Stephen Strasburg, Doolittle pitched the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances, but Maddon thought he was using an illegal delivery. Maddon believed the left-handed Doolittle was tapping his right toe on the ground before coming to the plate.

Cubs reliever Carl Edward Jr. was informed at the end of spring training that his delivery, which featured a similar toe-tap, was illegal – a ruling that miffed Maddon and the Cubs. Mariners reliever Cory Gearrin was warned by umpires during a game Monday night regarding the same violation, even though he said he has used the same delivery for years.

A day after the Cubs scored 11 runs against five Washington relievers in the final three innings of a 14-6 win, Strasburg gave most of the bullpen a needed night off. He gave up two runs – one earned – and struck out seven without a walk while throwing 93 pitches.

Juan Soto had two hits and drove in three for Washington.

David Bote homered in the sixth to pull the Cubs, who have lost three of four, within 5-2.

Chicago's Jon Lester, who hadn't given up an earned run in his last three outings, a span totaling 192/3 innings, allowed five runs and 10 hits in 41/3 innings.

WHITE SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 1, 41/2 inn., rain: In Chicago, Lucas Giolito threw five solid innings, and Leury Garcia homered to lead Chicago.

Giolito (5-1) struck out the side in the top of the fifth before play was halted. The game was called after a wait of 3 hours.

Yonder Alonso had two singles and two RBI for the White Sox, who have won five of seven.

Ryan Feierabend (0-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in four innings for Toronto in his first start in the majors since 2008. The Blue Jays have lost 10 of 13.

ATHLETICS 4, TIGERS 1: In Detroit, Daniel Mengden pitched seven impressive innings, and Nick Hundley and Chad Pinder homered as Oakland beat Detroit for a 15th straight time.

If the A's beat the Tigers today, they would tie a franchise record for their longest winning streak against one team. Oakland won 16 in a row over the New York Yankees from 1989 to '91.

Mengden (1-1) gave up a run and three hits. Lou Trivino worked the eighth inning, and Blake Treinen pitched the ninth for his seventh save in nine chances.