Chris Rusin throws no-hitter for Cubs’ Class AAA Iowa
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter May 7, 2014 10:37PM
Updated: June 10, 2014 6:46AM
As if this season wasn’t already about the minor-league kids who aren’t here yet.
Not even the Crosstown Showdown could compete with more interesting story lines at Class AAA Iowa and AA Tennessee on Wednesday — as left-hander Chris Rusin pitched the first Pacific Coast League no-hitter in five years for Iowa and AA slugger Kris Bryant started a home-run watch with his seventh and eighth of the season.
Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio said before the Cubs’ game on the South Side that he reached out to Rusin after the 118-pitch gem that center fielder Matt Szczur saved with a game-ending diving catch.
“He’s been struggling some,” Bosio said. “I’m really happy for him.”
Rusin told minorleaguebaseball.com: “It was one of the better moments of my career, maybe second-best behind getting called up the first time [in 2012]. It still hasn’t hit me.”
First-year manager Rick Renteria was ejected for a major-league-leading third time, for arguing balls and strikes with home-plate ump Tom Woodring in the fifth inning.
All three have been for strike-zone arguments, including one eight days earlier in Cincinnati.
Woodring took a lot of heat from the reeling Cubs, including usually mild-mannered catcher Welington Castillo, who barked at the ump after a called third strike in the sixth.
Strop to DL
As expected, reliever Pedro Strop went on the disabled list, a day after leaving the game because of a groin strain the club called “moderate” after an MRI exam.
The right-hander had tried to work through the issue he said has bothered him for much of the last week.
“All indications were he was fine,” Renteria said of the club’s evaluation after several days of therapy and throwing. “It’s not severe. So, hopefully, it’s actually short term.”
Zac Rosscup was recalled from Iowa and joins the bullpen as a third lefty.
No Wood bat
Despite more production in 12 at-bats than several teammates in the lineup had with five and six times the chances, pitcher Travis Wood didn’t get much consideration for a spot in the batting order with the DH available.
Two weeks ago, Wood had a three-run homer and a run-scoring double in a game.
“It’s an outside thought, but, no, you wouldn’t do that,” Renteria said.