Umpire briefly loses track of outs in Cubs-A's contest

LAS VEGAS -- Home-plate umpire Scott Barry apparently lost track of the outs in the sixth inning Saturday.

The Cubs had taken a 3-0 lead in the sixth on Kris Bryant's leadoff home run, then Evan Scribner struck out the next two batters. Barry then signaled the inning was over although there were only two outs. Junior Lake was on deck and looked confused. So did most of the others at Cashman Field.

Chicago's Jorge De Leon came on to warm up for the seventh inning. But bench coach Dave Martinez, who was the acting manager for the Cubs in this split-squad series, then talked to Barry, who also consulted with first-base umpire Dana DeMuth.

Barry went over to the A's dugout, and Oakland players came out to get the final out. Lake stepped in and flied out to right to officially end the inning.

"I heard the catcher sold it," Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks said of A's catcher Luke Carlin. "He didn't roll [the ball] back and they just went off the field. [Junior Lake] is like, 'I want to hit.'"

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.