Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Chris Rusin impressive in MLB debut but Cubs lose 5-2 to Brewers; Matt Garza update; Latest roster moves

The Cubs lost 5-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park tonight.  Left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin made his MLB debut and allowed just one run on one hit and walked two batters and struck out four over five innings pitched.  He threw three perfect innings but was replaced when the Cubs were trailing 1-0.

Rookie Chris Rusin allowed just one hit in his MLB debut and also tripled in his first MLB at-bat (photo from cubs.com)
Rusin was the 9th rookie pitcher this season for the Cubs, which leads the National League.  Rusin was impressive as he had a stand-up triple in his first MLB at-bat, which no Cubs pitcher has ever done.  Pitcher Bob Muncrief tripled during his first Cubs game, but not in his first MLB at-bat.

Rookie pitcher Alberto Cabrera pitched in relief of Rusin in the sixth inning.  He didn't fare too well as he loaded the bases on three walks and the Cubs were in a 4-0 deficit.

In other Cubs news, Matt Garza was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, which means that he is done for the season due to elbow stress reaction.

Garza said, "If this is it, it's disappointing because I wanted to finish it off.  I'd like to be the guy to step out there every five days and be known for that.  A little hiccup, but come back stronger. … I've learned a lot from what I have to deal with right now.  I'm not fine, I'm never going to be fine with it," he said.  "But you have to accept it."

Starting pitcher Matt Garza has been shut down for the rest of the season (photo from Chicago Tribune)
Obviously, the Cubs added Chris Rusin to the roster, but they also added pitcher Alex Hinshaw, who was claimed off waivers from the Padres over the weekend.  In corresponding moves, relief pitcher Jeff Beliveau and infielder Adrian Cardenas were optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs are also planning to move the Class A Peoria Chiefs to Kane County, which is in the suburb of Geneva, in order to be closer to Chicago starting in 2013.  Kane County is currently a part of the Kansas City Royals, but that affiliation expires at the end of the 2012 season.

Tomorrow the Cubs and Brewers will play the final game in the series at 1:10pm CT.  Travis Wood will start for the Cubs and try to earn his fifth win of the season.

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