Cubs' Zambrano may be retiring
By Sports Network
|Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano delivers a pitch to the Philadelphia Phillies. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)
Carlos Zambrano was ejected from Friday's 10-4 loss against the Atlanta Braves, and then told his teammates after the game he is retiring.
After giving up back-to-back homers to Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla in the fifth inning, Zambrano tried to hit Chipper Jones. Home plate umpire Tim Timmons immediately tossed Zambrano following the second miss.
Known for his explosive ad fiery temper, Zambrano had a few words of choice before going to the locker room. Timmons did a great job of preventing any further activity.
Zambrano got blasted to the tune of eight runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. He also gave up a career-high five homers.
Uggla started the home run parade off Zambrano in the second with a solo homer to left-center field. With that homer, Uggla established the longest hitting streak in Atlanta history (32 games).
Jose Constanza and Jones also went deep off Zambrano.
When the game was over, players and members of the media found Zambrano's locker empty.
"He's retiring?" Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd said. "That means he's had enough then. People retire for a certain reason. That means their done with the game. If that's the case, I wish him well."
Zambrano is 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA in 24 starts this season.