CHICAGO -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez did not get his money's worth before earning his team's first ejection of the season in the seventh inning of Monday night's 5-1 loss to the Cubs.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija surrendered a second-inning home run to Jason Heyward and then hit the Braves right fielder with a first-pitch fastball with two outs in the seventh inning. When Eric O'Flaherty hit David DeJesus with two outs and Atlanta trailing by one run in the bottom half of the inning, rookie home-plate umpire Chris Conroy issued warnings to both benches.
As Gonzalez made his way toward the plate, Conroy extended his hand as if to signal that he was not willing to argue. Seconds later, the Atlanta skipper was ejected.
"To this day, I still haven't argued," Gonzalez said. "I just asked for an explanation. I said, 'Why would you think we're throwing at people in a one-run game or that they are throwing at people in a one-run game?' It's not like it's a 10-run game or something. I was talking to him like I'm talking to you right here and I got thrown out of the game.
"It might be his first ejection as a Major League umpire. I never raised my voice or anything. I just asked him what he was thinking about there."
While Heyward seemed suspicious, Cubs manager Dale Sveum essentially echoed Gonzalez's sentiments.
"There was no malicious effort there," Sveum said. "We certainly aren't going to hit Heyward in a one-run game. He's a guy who can steal a base. We're surviving right now and trying getting back to wins and get back to .500 and win at home. We're certainly not hitting somebody in a one-run ballgame."
Unlike Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, who admitted that he hit the Nationals' Bryce Harper with a pitch on Sunday, Samardzija did not say that he intentionally hit Heyward, who has batted .385 (10-for-26) with four homers in his young career at Wrigley Field.
"He came out and got that ball there that he hit the home run on that was down and away," Samardzija said. "I thought he was kind of diving over the plate, and I wanted to throw one in there and go back away. It got in there too tight."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.