Maddon protests loss vs. Nats over Doolittle's delivery

WASHINGTON (AP) Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he was seeking fairness when he questioned the legality of Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle's delivery in the ninth inning Saturday night and ultimately protested the game.

That wasn't Doolittle's interpretation.

''He's not trying to do anything other than rattle me,'' Doolittle said. ''And it was kind of tired.''

After eight solid innings by Stephen Strasburg in Washington's 5-2 win over the Cubs, Doolittle pitched the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances, but Maddon complained twice to the umpires that he was using an illegal delivery. The Chicago manager believed the left-handed Doolittle was tapping his right toe on the ground before coming to the plate.

Cubs reliever Carl Edwards 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.

''Listen, I have no qualms against Doolittle,'' Maddon said. ''He's great, but they took it away from our guy, so for me to sit in the dugout and permit that to happen while they stripped us of that ability earlier this year with Carl ... how could I do that? You can't do that. I've got to say something.''

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.

Doolittle, who retired the side in order, thought Maddon had a different motive.

''I don't know, sometimes he has to remind people how smart he is and how much he pays attention to the game and stuff like that,'' Doolittle said. ''He put his stamp on it for sure.''

The umpires saw nothing wrong with Doolittle's delivery.

''(Maddon) thought (Doolittle) was tapping his foot, which in itself is not illegal, and this all kind of stems from his pitcher being called on something that was a little bit different than what Doolittle was doing,'' crew chief Sam Holbrook told a pool reporter. ''So, in our judgment, Doolittle did nothing illegal at all.''

Nationals manager Davey Martinez, a former Maddon coaching staff member, didn't comment on Maddon's move.

''They protested the game, obviously,'' he said. ''We'll let the umpires handle all that stuff. In my eyes, Doo' was Doo' and Strasburg was unbelievable.''

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 allowed 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 19 2/3 innings, allowed five runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

He had only allowed a total of five earned runs over his first seven starts of the season.

Chicago's Kris Bryant was 0 for 4 and reached on a fielder's choice, ending his streak of reaching base safely at 26 games, and Javier Baez ended his hitting streak at 15 games.

Brian Dozier's homer gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Soto's two-run double capped a three-run third inning and he added an RBI single in the fifth.

Strasburg didn't allow a hit until Kyle Schwarber's single to start the fourth. The Cubs' first run came with two outs in the fifth on consecutive passed balls by Kurt Suzuki.

LESTER'S LAMENT

''I felt good physically,'' Lester said. ''Almost too good. Just couldn't repeat my mechanics, couldn't repeat pitches. I'd make a good one, then three bad ones.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: Placed RHP Justin Miller (right rotator cuff strain) on the 10-day injured list and recalled RHP Tanner Rainey from Triple-A Fresno. ... OF Victor Robles is day-to-day after being hit on the left wrist with a pitch on Friday night. ... RHP Erick Fedde will start Tuesday against the Mets in place of RHP Anibal Sanchez (left hamstring strain.)

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (3-4, 2.86) is 2-0 with a 0.36 ERA in his past three starts, going at least eight innings each time. He's 2-2 with 2.61 ERA in seven career starts against the Nationals.

Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 6.00) is 1-1 with a 6.06 ERA in three career starts against the Cubs.

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  • W: S. Strasburg (4-3)L: J. Lester (3-2)S: S. Doolittle (8)
  • HR: CHC - D. Bote (4), WAS - B. Dozier (6)
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J. Heyward CF31000011.229.331.396.7270.5
A. Russell 2B30100010.278.350.500.8500.5
D. Bote 3B31111010.241.328.411.7395.5
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  • a-grounded out for Edwards in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Brach in the 9th
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A. Eaton RF40200101.275.343.376.7202.0
A. Rendon 3B42200113.330.414.6521.0665.5
H. Kendrick 1B41110013.311.359.544.9033.5
J. Soto LF30230102.246.364.438.8027.0
B. Dozier 2B41211012.211.313.359.6726.5
Y. Gomes C40000003.206.280.299.5790.0
M. Taylor CF30100112.196.281.255.5363.5
S. Strasburg P20000010.105.190.158.348-0.5
a- A. Sanchez PH10000011.267.267.267.533-0.5
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Strasburg in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - D. Bote (4)
  • RBI - D. Bote (17)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (16), H. Kendrick (6), J. Soto (7)
  • HR - B. Dozier (6)
  • SH - S. Strasburg
  • RBI - H. Kendrick (24), J. Soto 3 (27), B. Dozier (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton, A. Rendon 3 (3), J. Soto 2 (2), B. Dozier, Y. Gomes, M. Taylor 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Taylor (2)
  • CS - A. Eaton (2)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Bote (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Dozier-Turner-Kendrick)
  • PB - Y. Gomes 2 (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (L, 3-2)4.110551312.091.26-7.5
C. Edwards0.20000109.451.350.5
T. Chatwood2.00002102.961.404.5
X. Cedeno0.21002100.003.00-2.5
B. Brach0.10000102.411.550.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (L, 3-2)4.1
C. Edwards0.2
T. Chatwood2.0
X. Cedeno0.2
B. Brach0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 4-3)8.04210713.320.9832.5
S. Doolittle (S, 8)1.00000101.711.1910.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 4-3)8.0
S. Doolittle (S, 8)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - X. Cedeno
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 98-61, C. Edwards 11-7, T. Chatwood 28-14, X. Cedeno 14-9, B. Brach 4-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 3-6, T. Chatwood 3-2, X. Cedeno 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 23, C. Edwards 2, T. Chatwood 8, X. Cedeno 5, B. Brach
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 93-69, S. Doolittle 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 12-3, S. Doolittle 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 26, S. Doolittle 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Rizzo 1B30000001.245.371.510.8810.0
J. Baez SS30000010.324.364.604.968-0.5
W. Contreras C30100010.321.420.6261.0460.5
J. Heyward CF31000011.229.331.396.7270.5
A. Russell 2B30100010.278.350.500.8500.5
D. Bote 3B31111010.241.328.411.7395.5
J. Lester P10000010.222.364.333.697-0.5
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T. Chatwood P0000-000.250.250.500.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Edwards in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Brach in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS41100111.348.400.6521.0522.5
A. Eaton RF40200101.275.343.376.7202.0
A. Rendon 3B42200113.330.414.6521.0665.5
H. Kendrick 1B41110013.311.359.544.9033.5
J. Soto LF30230102.246.364.438.8027.0
B. Dozier 2B41211012.211.313.359.6726.5
Y. Gomes C40000003.206.280.299.5790.0
M. Taylor CF30100112.196.281.255.5363.5
S. Strasburg P20000010.105.190.158.348-0.5
a- A. Sanchez PH10000011.267.267.267.533-0.5
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Strasburg in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - D. Bote (4)
  • RBI - D. Bote (17)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (16), H. Kendrick (6), J. Soto (7)
  • HR - B. Dozier (6)
  • SH - S. Strasburg
  • RBI - H. Kendrick (24), J. Soto 3 (27), B. Dozier (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton, A. Rendon 3 (3), J. Soto 2 (2), B. Dozier, Y. Gomes, M. Taylor 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Taylor (2)
  • CS - A. Eaton (2)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Bote (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Dozier-Turner-Kendrick)
  • PB - Y. Gomes 2 (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (L, 3-2)4.110551312.091.26-7.5
C. Edwards0.20000109.451.350.5
T. Chatwood2.00002102.961.404.5
X. Cedeno0.21002100.003.00-2.5
B. Brach0.10000102.411.550.5
Total8.01155571---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (L, 3-2)4.1
C. Edwards0.2
T. Chatwood2.0
X. Cedeno0.2
B. Brach0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 4-3)8.04210713.320.9832.5
S. Doolittle (S, 8)1.00000101.711.1910.5
Total9.0421081---
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 4-3)8.0
S. Doolittle (S, 8)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - X. Cedeno
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 98-61, C. Edwards 11-7, T. Chatwood 28-14, X. Cedeno 14-9, B. Brach 4-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 3-6, T. Chatwood 3-2, X. Cedeno 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 23, C. Edwards 2, T. Chatwood 8, X. Cedeno 5, B. Brach
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 93-69, S. Doolittle 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 12-3, S. Doolittle 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 26, S. Doolittle 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Bote homered to left center25
  • 5TH INNING
    Soto singled to right, Rendon scored15
    Heyward scored, Russell out at home on passed ball14
  • 3RD INNING
    Soto doubled to shallow right, Rendon and Kendrick scored04
    Kendrick doubled to shallow left, Turner scored, Rendon to third02
  • 2ND INNING
    Dozier homered to center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sean Doolittle pitching
    • Albert Almora hit for Brad Brach
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Almora grounded out to third
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
    • K. Bryant: Bryant popped out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Russell grounded out to third
    • D. Bote: Bote flied out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Xavier Cedeno relieved Tyler Chatwood
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Gomes grounded out to third
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Taylor singled to left
    • Adrian Sanchez hit for Stephen Strasburg
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Taylor stole second, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
    • T. Turner: Turner intentionally walked
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Eaton walked, Taylor to third, Turner to second
    • Brad Brach relieved Xavier Cedeno
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to second
    • J. Baez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Rendon lined out to third
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • B. Dozier: Dozier flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • D. Bote: Bote homered to left center
    • Daniel Descalso hit for Carl Edwards
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Descalso grounded out to first
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bryant grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Tyler Chatwood pitching
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Taylor walked
    • S. Strasburg: Strasburg hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Taylor to second
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to third
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Baez grounded out to third
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Contreras singled to center
    • J. Heyward: Heyward reached on fielder's choice to second, Contreras out at second
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Russell singled to left, Heyward to second
    • D. Bote: Ball, Heyward to third, Russell to second on passed ball, Ball, Ball, Heyward scored, Russell out at home on passed ball
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Rendon doubled to left center
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick grounded out to second, Rendon to third
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto singled to right, Rendon scored
    • Carl Edwards relieved Jon Lester
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gomes lined out to center
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber singled to shallow right
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Bryant reached on fielder's choice to third, Schwarber out at second
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bryant out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • S. Strasburg: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strasburg flied out to deep center
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • D. Bote: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
    • J. Lester: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lester struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Turner singled to shallow center
    • A. Eaton: Eaton reached on bunt single to pitcher, Turner to third on 3rd baseman Bote throwing error
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Eaton caught stealing second, catcher to second to first to shortstop, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon walked
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Foul, Kendrick doubled to shallow left, Turner scored, Rendon to third
    • J. Soto: Soto doubled to shallow right, Rendon and Kendrick scored
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Dozier singled to shallow center, Soto to third
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Gomes flied out to shallow left
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Baez grounded out to third
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Contreras grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Heyward lined out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dozier homered to center
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Taylor popped out to shortstop
    • S. Strasburg: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strasburg struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Schwarber grounded out to second
    • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bryant grounded out to second
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner popped out to third
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Eaton singled to shallow center
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon singled to shallow left, Eaton to second
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kendrick flied out to deep right, Eaton to third
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soto fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)