Results tagged ‘ Chris Rusin ’

8/8 Cubs vs. Cardinals – UPDATED

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)

8/4 Looking ahead …

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)

7/31 Cubs vs. Dodgers

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)

7/27 Cubs 1, Giants 0

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

7/27 Cubs lineup

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:

Lake CF
Ransom 3B
Rizzo 1B
Navarro C
Castro SS
Schierholtz RF
Gillespie LF
Barney 2B
Rusin P

7/24 Cubs vs. Giants

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)

7/22 Cubs 4, D-Backs 2

Junior Lake had his first four-hit night, and hit his first Major League home run, to lead the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Lake belted a two-run shot in the fifth, and added a RBI single in the ninth to back Chris Rusin, who made a strong bid for the vacancy in the Cubs rotation. Rusin was subbing for Matt Garza, traded to the Rangers earlier in the day. The lefty would like to stay. He gave up two hits, including a bloop double that landed between Lake and shortstop Starlin Castro, and walked two over five-plus innings. Dioner Navarro, who had been matched up with Garza over his last six outings, still got the start Monday, and the catcher delivered a solo home run with one out in the second.

Lake now has nine hits in his first four career games, the most by a Cubs player since Andy Pafko did so in 1943. Lake also is the first Cubs player with a four-hit effort within his first four Major League games since Steve Lake (no relation) did so April 26, 1983, against the Padres.

“He might have found his niche right now,” Dale Sveum said of Lake, who has been playing center.

When promoted, it was thought that Lake would stay until David DeJesus returned from a shoulder injury. DeJesus is close to returning. Will the rookie stay?

“Right now, I’d be pretty stupid to say, ‘No,’” Sveum said. “Hopefully, we don’t have to send him down.”

Said Lake: “I’m going to keep working hard to make it hard on the front office. If you keep working hard, something happens.”

Rusin will stay in the rotation, filling the spot vacated by Matt Garza’s departure.

– Carrie Muskat

7/22 Chris Rusin to start Monday

Matt Garza is close to joining the Rangers, and has been scratched from Monday’s start. Lefty Chris Rusin will start Monday night for the Cubs against the Diamondbacks. Rusin started July 2 against the Athletics, and gave up three runs over 3 1/3 innings. This will be his ninth career big league start.

7/3 Roster moves

The Cubs designated reliever Shawn Camp for assignment on Wednesday and optioned pitcher Chris Rusin to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the active roster for new relievers Pedro Strop and Matt Guerrier.

Camp, 37, who was sidelined with a sprained right big toe in June, was 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA in 26 games with the Cubs. He gave up 34 hits and walked nine over 23 innings. Cubs manager Dale Sveum called the right-hander the MVP of the first half last year when Camp compiled a 2.80 ERA in 43 games. He hasn’t been as successful this season.

Rusin, 26, was called up to start on Tuesday in place of Scott Feldman, who was dealt to the Orioles earlier in the day. Against the Athletics, Rusin gave up three runs on six hits over 3 1/3 innings in the start, which he made on three days rest.

Strop and Guerrier were both acquired on Tuesday in separate deals. Strop was picked up from the Orioles along with Jake Arrieta, who was assigned to Triple-A Iowa, while Guerrier was acquired from the Dodgers for Carlos Marmol. Guerrier, 34, was 2-3 with three holds and a 4.80 ERA in 34 relief outings with the Dodgers before he was designated for assignment on Sunday.

Strop, 28, was one of the Orioles’ primary set-up pitchers last season, posting a 2.44 ERA in 70 appearances. This year, he missed time because of back problems, and was 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA in 29 relief appearances.

– Carrie Muskat

7/3 Baez, Rusin honored

The Cubs named Class A Daytona infielder Javier Baez and Triple-A Iowa pitcher Chris Rusin the organization’s Minor League player and pitcher of the month for June, respectively.

Baez, 20, batted .300 with seven doubles and a league-leading nine home runs and 28 RBIs in 24 June games. He became the second player in Florida State League history to hit four home runs in a game, doing so June 10 against Fort Myers. For the season, Baez was batting .272 with 19 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs and 57 RBIs in 73 games. The Cubs’ first-round pick in 2011, Baez has a .283 career batting average with 34 doubles, 10 triples, 33 home runs and 104 RBIs in 158 Minor League games.

Rusin, 26, went 3-3 with a 2.86 ERA in six June starts, striking out 26 and issuing eight walks. He gave up three home runs over 44 innings, limiting the opposition to a .234 batting average. On Monday, he was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team. The lefty threw his first-career, complete-game shutout in Iowa’s 2-0 victory June 17 against Omaha as part of a career-high, 24-inning scoreless streak spanning four starts, June 7-22.


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