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07/23/2013 2:20 AM EDT
Rusin, Lake lead Cubs past Diamondbacks 4-2
CHICAGO CUBS 4, ARIZONA 2
PHOENIX (AP) -- Chris Rusin has been the Chicago Cubs' go-to
pitcher after they make a major trade.
For the second time this season, Rusin was called up from the
minors after the Cubs dealt a pitcher, and helped lead the Cubs
to a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.
This time, Rusin replaced Matt Garza, who was traded to the
Texas Rangers earlier Monday. When Scott Feldman was dealt to
Baltimore earlier this month, Rusin stepped in, but did not
receive a decision in an eventual 8-7 loss to Oakland.
With the trade of Garza, Rusin (1-0) again received the call to
start and held the Diamondbacks scoreless until the sixth inning
to pick up his first win of the season.
"You just have to step up when they call you and be ready
anytime," Rusin said. "I was ready for the opportunity and I was
able to throw strikes and help our team win."
Effective from the start, Rusin, who was 8-7 at Triple A Iowa,
retired the first seven hitters in order. With one out in the
third, Didi Gregorius slapped a single to right but was stranded
when Tyler Skaggs struck out and A.J. Pollock fouled out to the
Through the first five innings, Rusin allowed two baserunners.
"I wasn't really pleased with my fastball command, but I guess I
was effectively wild," Rusin said. "The things that got me
through the five innings were getting my second pitch for
strikes. I was able to throw my offspeed for strikes, which got
me back into counts and be able to get weak contact and got me
through the five innings."
Rusin walked Cody Ross with one out in the fifth, but Ross was
doubled up when right fielder Cole Gillespie grabbed Gerardo
Parra's sinking liner and fired to first baseman Anthony Rizzo
for the double play.
Rusin pitched into the sixth and left with runners on first and
second and no outs.
In that inning, the Diamondbacks managed to score both runners.
First, Martin Prado's sacrifice fly scored Gregorius, and Paul
Goldschmidt drove in his 79th run of the season with an infield
The Diamondbacks had an opportunity to take the lead, but could
not capitalize in the seventh as pinch-hitter Eric Chavez flied
to center field with the bases loaded and two outs.
In the eighth and with the tying run at third with two outs,
Miguel Montero struck out to end that threat.
"We'll get over this," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Right
now, things are not going out way, but the guys are hustling."
Arizona's offense has struggled during its last five games,
scoring just nine runs in that span. In the loss Monday night,
the Diamondbacks managed six hits against six Chicago pitchers.
They are hitting .194 in their last 10 games, and just .143 with
runners in scoring position over their last seven games.
"Everyone is trying their best, but in this game, you fail more
than you succeed," said Gregorius, who was 3 for 3 with a walk
and run scored. "Look, we'll come back tomorrow and find a way
to get it done."
Earlier, plate umpire Doug Eddings made sure things did not get
out of control. With a history of Arizona suspensions this
season for hit batters, Eddings directly addressed the issue in
the Cubs' half of the fourth inning. With two outs, Skaggs hit
Navarro on the right knee with a pitch. Immediately after
Navarro was hit, Eddings pointed to Skaggs and then pointed to
both the Diamondbacks and Cubs dugouts. While Navarro was
examined by Cubs trainer P.J. Mainville, Eddings went to mound
and spoke directly with Skaggs.
NOTES: To make room on the roster for Skaggs, the Diamondbacks
sent lefty Eury De La Rosa to Triple-A Reno. ... Rusin's
previous appearance against the D-backs was a 7-2 win at Arizona
last Sept. 30. ... Lake went 4 for 5, and is 9 for 17 since
being recalled from Triple-A Iowa last Friday.
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