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Chris Rusin showed why the Cubs want to keep him in the rotation for the rest of the season. Bronson Arroyo showed why the Reds are headed to the playoffs.
Todd Frazier hit a solo home run and RBI double to back Arroyo, who gave up two hits over seven innings, to lead the Reds to a 4-0 victory Wednesday over the Cubs, and complete a sweep of the series.
With the win, the Reds are 13-2 against the Cubs this season, including 9-1 at Wrigley Field. Cincinnati has not won more than 14 games in a season series against Chicago since going 14-4 in 1962. They will meet again at Great American Ball Park Sept. 9-11.
Arroyo retired the first nine batters he faced before David DeJesus singled to lead off the fourth. But Darnell McDonald then grounded into a double play. McDonald singled with one out in the seventh, his first hit with the Cubs, as the ball deflected off second baseman Brandon Phillips’ glove. Arroyo, pulled after throwing 92 pitches, struck out seven.
“He’s a puzzle to figure out,” Rusin said of Arroyo. “He threw first-pitch offspeed to me, and I can’t even hit. It just shows how many offspeed pitches you can throw for strikes.”
In the first two games of the series, the Cubs went 0-6 with runners in scoring position. Arroyo never gave them a chance on Wednesday. Chicago now has been shut out in four of its last five home games, and has lost 13 of its last 17 games overall.
The Cubs are promoting Jake Arrieta from Triple-A Iowa to start Friday against the Cardinals and decided to keep Rusin in the rotation and move Carlos Villanueva to the bullpen. Rusin, who blanked the Cardinals over six innings in his last start, gave up three hits against the Reds and walked one over six innings. He was efficient, and went to a three-ball count on just three of the 21 batters he faced.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs return to Wrigley Field Monday to play host to the Reds, the start of a 10-game homestand. Starting Monday, the Cubs will play 19 of 25 games at Wrigley through Sept. 8. Here are the pitching matchups vs. Cincinnati:
Monday: LHP Travis Wood (7-8, 3.04) vs. RHP Mat Latos (11-3, 3.21)
Tuesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-11, 4.23) vs. RHP Homer Bailey (7-10, 3.73)
Wednesday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-1, 3.08) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (10-9, 3.51)
Chris Rusin lasted long enough to get the win and make a little history. Junior Lake hit an RBI single and scored on Anthony Rizzo’s two-run single, all in the seventh, to back Rusin and lift the Cubs to a 3-0 victory Friday night over the Cardinals for their third win in the last 12 games. Rusin combined with four other pitchers, including Kevin Gregg, who picked up his 24th save, for the shutout.
It’s the first time the Cubs have shutout the Cardinals in St. Louis since the late Geremi Gonzalez threw a complete game shutout on June 23, 1997, beating Fernando Valenzuela. The Cubs have played 127 games since that date at various versions of Busch Stadium.
Promoted from Triple-A Iowa to fill Matt Garza’s spot in the rotation after the right-hander was traded, Rusin also threw seven scoreless innings against the Giants on July 27 and called that start a better one “because I went one more inning scoreless.” But he didn’t get a decision that day. Rusin is the first Cubs left-hander to throw at least six scoreless innings in St. Louis since Ken Holtzman totaled seven on Sept. 19, 1979.
“With him, when he throws strikes, he’s able to get back in the count with a strike and throws a quality pitch to get back in the count,” manager Dale Sveum said. “His ball can move so much, he gets some swings and misses at balls quite a way out of the zone. He makes the ball move and keeps the ball down. He did a great job again.”
This was the first time Rusin had ever faced the Cardinals, who lead the Majors with a .335 batting average with runners in scoring position. The lefty kept them in check, scattering seven hits over six scoreless innings.
“I was able to get ahead in the count with first-pitch strikes, and that helped me out and I didn’t get beat by the heart of the lineup,” Rusin said. “I limited them to a couple singles and no home runs. I got away with one with [Allen] Craig [in the fifth] — the wind was blowing in or something [because] I don’t know how it didn’t go out. I got away with that one and didn’t make any more big mistakes.”
The Cubs are on the other end of the stats chart with runners in scoring position, ranking last in the Majors at .224, which includes a 1-for-12 effort Thursday against the Phillies.
Welington Castillo walked to lead off the seventh, and moved up on Starlin Castro’s sacrifice, which was first ruled an infield hit by first-base umpire Larry Vanover. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny argued that Lynn had tagged Castro as he ran down the line, and after the umpires met, they reversed the call. Darwin Barney then walked, and one out later, Lake delivered a RBI single. Cole Gillespie was hit by a pitch to load the bases and chase Lynn. Rizzo, who is batting .197 against lefties, greeted southpaw Randy Choate with his single to center to open a 3-0 lead.
“That was huge — off a lefty and in a big situation,” Sveum said. “Hopefully, that transpires into a lot more.”
Clutch hits have been missing from the Cubs’ repertoire, including Rizzo.
“It was nice, especially against Randy Choate, [because] he’s tough on lefties,” Rizzo said. “I tried to see the ball as long as possible off him. Hit it where they’re not, honestly. I just put the ball in play and hit it where they’re not.”
– Carrie Muskat
David DeJesus is batting fourth for the first time in his career when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Cardinals in St. Louis. DeJesus, who has batted leadoff all season, was batting .265 overall and 2-for-10 on the road trip. He’s 2-for-13 against St. Louis starter Lance Lynn. Chris Rusin, who has never faced the Cardinals, gets the start. Here’s the lineup:
Adam Wainwright will be skipped, and not start Saturday when the Cubs play a weekend series against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: LHP Chris Rusin (1-1, 3.98) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (13-5, 3.78)
Saturday: RHP Carlos Villanueva (2-8, 4.16) vs. RHP Michael Wacha (1-0, 4.58)
Sunday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-12, 4.96) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (3-3, 2.98)
After the Dodgers series ends Sunday and an off day Monday, the Cubs hit the road to face the Phillies in Philadelphia for three games. Here are the pitching matchups:
Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-11, 4.65) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (9-8, 4.29)
Wednesday: LHP Travis Wood (7-8, 3.05) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (4-13, 3.87)
Thursday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-10, 3.78) vs. RHP Ethan Martin (0-1, 12.46)
The Cubs play host to the Dodgers for a four-game series, starting Thursday. Here are the pitching matchups:
Thursday: LHP Chris Rusin (1-0, 2.93) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (6-9, 3.72)
Friday: LHP Travis Wood (7-7, 2.79) vs. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-3, 3.14)
Saturday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.75) vs. LHP Chris Capuano (3-6, 4.54)
Sunday: RHP Carlos Villanueva (2-7, 4.33) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.43)
Chris Rusin won’t forget Saturday’s game. The Giants won’t forget Nate Schierholtz. Rusin threw seven scoreless innings and Schierholtz homered off his former teammate, Sergio Romo, with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Cubs to a 1-0 victory over the Giants, and take a 2-0 lead in the series.
The Giants tested the Cubs in the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth, San Francisco loaded the bases with none out against Pedro Strop, who got Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval to each hit into a fielder’s choice, forcing runners at home. He then struck out Hunter Pence. The inning didn’t begin well as Strop didn’t handle two bunts cleanly.
“He was like Houdini out there — I liked it,” Rusin said of Strop.
In the ninth, the Giants loaded the bases with one out against Kevin Gregg, who got pinch-hitter Tony Abreu to hit into a slick 3-2-3 double play.
“It was an exciting game,” Schierholtz said. “It reminded me of playing here when we played one-run games every night. They’re nail-biters.”
The Cubs could’ve easily given up on the season when the front office started dealing players. Instead, they’ve been playing their best baseball of the season.
“We’ve got a lot of guys in here who don’t give up,” Schierholtz said. “One of the things they instilled in us in Spring Training is hard work and running balls out and not ever letting up. That’s one of the biggest things a winning team does. You don’t have to have the best players to win championships, and I learned that here,” he said. “It’s just been fun. We go out there loose with nothing to lose. It’s a fun, young group of guys and we all get along great.”
With one out in the Chicago ninth, Schierholtz launched a 3-2 pitch from Romo into the seats in right. The outfielder had played his entire career with the Giants until last year when he was sent to the Phillies at the Trade Deadline. He signed as a free agent with the Cubs with the promise of regular playing time, and delivered.
“I can’t really describe it, but it felt good,” Schierholtz said. “It’s great to get that win and it’s good to come in here and get the first two.”
He’s on a roll since the All-Star break, going 10-for-25 with three home runs, four doubles and nine RBIs. It’s helped that he was able to give a sore shoulder some rest during the break.
Rusin retired the first 13 batters he faced before he walked Pence with one out in the fifth. One out later, Joaquin Arias singled up the middle for the Giants’ first hit.
San Francisco had a runner at third with two outs in the seventh, but first baseman Anthony Rizzo robbed Brandon Belt of a potential extra-base hit and RBI with a perfectly timed leaping catch to end the inning.
“That was big,” Rusin said. “I was really pumped up after that. Right when it left the bat, I thought, ‘Man, I left one up’ and then Rizzo went up and got it.”
Said Sveum: “When things go good, you usually have those kind of breaks and if not, you usually miss things by an inch.”
– Carrie Muskat
Dioner Navarro is batting fourth for the Cubs against lefty Madison Bumgarner in game 2 of this weekend series against the Giants. Here’s the lineup:
Carlos Villanueva will close the Cubs’ series against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, and the team then heads further west to San Francisco for a weekend series against the Giants. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: RHP Edwin Jackson (6-11, 5.03) vs. RHP Matt Cain (6-6, 5.00)
Satuday: LHP Chris Rusin (1-0, 5.40) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.93)
Sunday: LHP Travis Wood (6-7, 2.95) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (5-10, 4.73)