7/2 Extra bases
Mike Quade was ejected for the third time this season after arguing a call by second base umpire Paul Emmel regarding Gordon Beckham’s play at the bag in the second inning. The Cubs had runners at first and second with none out in the second against the White Sox when Alfonso Soriano hit a grounder to third baseman Brent Morel. He threw to Beckham, who did not appear to touch the bag when he caught the ball. Beckham threw to first for a double play. Emmel ruled the runner was out at second.
Quade argued Beckham wasn’t in the “neighborhood,” and was subsequently tossed.
“First of all, I thought that was taking the old school neighborhood play too far,” Quade said. “It was important. To me, that was a big play. We had three of the same opportunities obviously in the first, second and sixth [innings] and you want to be productive in those situations and we weren’t.
“People have to execute on the other side, too, but I thought the throw took the guy way off the bag,” Quade said.
* Saturday’s crowd of 42,165 was the largest for a Cubs-White Sox game at Wrigley Field since Interleague play began in 1997.
* Matt Garza threw his first complete game since Aug. 6, 2010, and seventh of his career. It also was the sixth time he’s allowed one or no runs and took the loss.
* Darwin Barney has 79 hits so far. With eight games remaining before the All-Star break, his hits rank 11th among Cubs rookies. Ken Hubbs had 95 hits in 1962 before the break.
* Kosuke Fukudome is hitting .341 at home, which is tied for third in the NL and ranks sixth in the Majors.
* Marlon Byrd was 0-for-3 in his first game back after being hit in the face on May 21. He was obviously happy to be back, tipping his cap to the fans in the bleachers and dancing in center field before the game started.
“He was so excited to be back,” Quade said. “He just loves to play this game. He’s going to be a big part of our second half.”
* On Sunday, Rodrigo Lopez (0-2, 5.40 ERA) faces Gavin Floyd (6-7, 4.19 ERA) in the series finale.
– Carrie Muskat