5/31 Postgame notes
Lou Piniella was surprised when home plate umpire Rob Drake issued a warning to both benches after Carlos Marmol hit pinch-hitter Brad Ausmus in the eighth inning.
“I don’t know where that came from, to be honest with you,” Piniella said.
* Geovany Soto went 1-for-4 and is batting .216. The Dodgers also stole two bases against the Cubs catcher. “The throwing is concerning me,” Piniella said. “He’s been working with [coach Matt] Sinatro but we’ve got to throw some people out to help our pitching.”
* The Cubs are 9-14 so far on the road, and begin a nine-game, three-city tour on Tuesday in Atlanta. “The last time we were on the road we didn’t play well and we have to step it up here,” Piniella said.
* On Sunday, the Cubs gave up five runs in the first, the first time they’ve done that since serving up five to the Cardinals in a 12-6 loss last Sept. 19 in St. Louis.
* Give the bullpen some credit. Five relievers combined to throw 4 2/3 scoreless innings. That extends their scoreless streak to a season-high 15 1/3 innings.
– Carrie Muskat