Results tagged ‘ Chris Rusin ’

8/11 Cubs vs. Reds

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)

8/9 Cubs 3, Cardinals 0

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

8/9 Cubs lineup

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:

Lake LF
Gillespie RF
Rizzo 1B
DeJesus CF
Murphy 3B
Castillo C
Castro SS
Barney 2B
Rusin P

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


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