The Rockies claimed left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin off waivers from the Cubs. In 24 big league games over three seasons, Rusin was 4-9 with a 4.97 ERA. A fourth-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Rusin was 8-13 with a 4.31 ERA in 23 starts for Iowa this year, including a no-hitter in May against New Orleans. He has a 38-41 record and 3.84 ERA in six Minor League seasons.
Jae-Hoon Ha and David Bote each homered for Iowa in a 3-2 win over Tacoma. Dae-Eun Rhee threw 6 1/3 shutout innings, striking out six. Kris Bryant hit his first triple. Iowa has an off day Thursday, then begins a key series Friday. With four games left to play, the I-Cubs are four games behind Oklahoma City in the American Northern Division. Iowa plays host to the RedHawks in a four-game series starting Friday night in Des Moines. While the Cubs must win all of their remaining games, Omaha also has to lose at least three of their five games against Colorado Springs at home this weekend in order for Iowa to win the division. Chris Rusin (8-13, 4.24) will start Friday night.
Tennessee had Wednesday off, and returns to action Thursday against Chattanooga.
Wilson Contreras homered to back Juan Paniagua in Daytona’s 8-2 win over Dunedin. Paniagua gave up one run over five innings. Kyle Schwarber extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Dan Vogelbach, who will be playing in the Arizona Fall League, had three hits and an RBI.
Jen-Ho Tseng gave up one run over six innings in Kane County’s 3-2 loss to Cedar Rapids. Four of the Cougars five hits were doubles (Mark Zagunis, Jeimer Candelario, Victor Caratini and Trey Martin).
Boise scored six runs in the second inning en route to a 12-8 win over Everett. Alex Tomasovich had three hits, including a double and a triple, and drove in four runs. Charcer Burks had three singles and drove in three runs.
Mesa split a doubleheader against the Athletics, losing 4-3 in the first game, and winning, 3-2, in the second. In the first game, Tyler Alamo had two hits and drove in a run. In the second game, Tyler Pearson had two hits, including his second home run. Kevonte Mitchell hit a triple and Eloy Jimenez had a double.
The Cubs added two arms to the bullpen on Sunday, activating Neil Ramirez from the DL and adding Jacob Turner, who was acquired from the Marlins. Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa, and right-hander Brian Schlitter was placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation.
— Carrie Muskat
Chris Rusin gave up three runs over eight innings in Iowa’s 3-2 loss to Memphis. Javier Baez hit his 23rd double and drove in his 67th run. He has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games.
Addison Russell hit two home runs and Luis Flores added his third of the season but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 9-8, to Mississippi. Russell drove in four runs and was batting .250. He now has six multi-hit games with the Smokies.
Daytona’s game against St. Lucie was postponed because of rain. The two teams will try to play doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.
Jeimder Candelario had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in four runs in Kane County’s 7-2 win over South Bend. Shawon Dunston had three hits and one RBI.
Danny Canela had two hits, including a solo home run, in Boise’s 3-1 loss to Everett in the first game of a doubleheader. Trevor Graham gave up two earned runs over six innings. Boise lost the second game, 2-1. Charcer Burks had two hits.
Mesa totaled three hits against the Giants in a 6-2 loss. Ivan Pineyro gave up four runs over two innings.
Chris Rusin posted a quality start, giving up two runs over seven innings, but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 4-3, in 12 innings against Round Rock. Javier Baez extended his hitting streak to 14 games, going 3-for-6.
Addison Russell hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and finished with six RBIs in Tennessee’s 10-3 win over Huntsville. Christian Villanueva added his fourth home run. Emilio Bonifacio was 4-for-5 in a rehab start.
Albert Almora went 4-for-5 and scored two runs in Daytona’s 9-1 win over Palm Beach. Felix Pena picked up the win, giving up one run over seven innings. He struck out seven. Kyle Schwarber, Marco Hernandez and Rock Shoulders had two hits each. Billy McKinney finished with three RBIs.
Jacob Rogers hit his 10th home run in Kane County’s 9-5 loss to Great Lakes. Tyler Skulina took the loss, giving up five runs over 2 2/3 innings. Cael Brockmeyer had two hits.
Boise totaled three hits in a 6-1 loss to Salem-Keizer. Tyler Ihrig took the loss, giving up four earned runs over seven innings.
Dillon Maples gave up two runs on one hit and two walks over three innings in Mesa’s 8-2 loss to the Angels. Kevonte Mitchell and Bryant Flete each had two hits. Maples struck out four.
Chris Rusin gave up one earned run over seven innings in Iowa’s 4-3 win over Omaha. Arismendy Alcantara had two hits, including his 11th triple, and one RBIs. He’s batting .469 in his last 12 games. Kris Bryant also had two hits, including a double, and one RBI. NOTE: The Iowa Cubs announced Tsuyoshi Wada, Blake Parker, Kyle Hendricks and Arismendy Alcantara were named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team.
Pierce Johnson threw 7 1/3 shutout innings in Tennessee’s 7-0 win over Montgomery. Johnson gave up one hit and walked two while striking out five in his first start since coming off the disabled list. Luis Flores homered, and Kevin Brown had three hits and two RBIs. NOTE: Christian Villanueva was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to June 30.
Daytona committed three errors in a 4-3 loss to Brevard county. Albert Almora posted his third multi-hit game in his last four, going 3-for-3. Dan Vogelbach drove in two runs.
Tyler Skulina gave up three runs over two-thirds of an inning in Kane County’s 8-5 loss to Peoria. Jacob Hannemann, Yasiel Balaguert and Kyle Schwarber each had two hits.
Erick Leal gave up one unearned run over six innings in Boise’s 8-3 win over Tri-City. Jesse Hodges homered for the third time in his last two games, and his fourth of the year.
Eloy Jimenez hit his first home run, a two-run shot in the sixth, to help Mesa beat the Padres, 6-4. Alberto Mineo and Ricardo Marcano each had two hits.
Chris Rusin hit his first home run of the season and posted a quality start in Iowa’s 16-3 win over Colorado Springs. The I-Cubs totaled 19 hits, including three by Kris Bryant, who went 3-for-6 with two doubles. Chris Valaika and Arismendy Alcantara both homered. Alcantara finished with four RBIs.
Tennessee scored four runs in the eighth to beat Jackson, 6-5. Charles Cutler, Luis Flores, Jonathan Mota and Elliot Soto each drove in a run in the eighth.
Nathan Dorris threw seven shutout innings in Daytona’s 1-0 win over Lakeland. Dorris struck out eight and gave up four hits. Wes Darvill drove in the only run with a RBI double.
Shawon Dunston hit a RBI single in the 10th to give Kane County a 3-2 win over Beloit. Jacob Hannemann had two hits and two stolen bases.
Trevor Clifton gave up one hit over six innings in Boise’s 11-1 win over Hillsboro. Daniel Canela hit a home run and drove in two runs.
Jorge Soler was 2-for-2 in Mesa’s 6-5 win over the Giants. In four games, Soler is 7-for-12 with four runs, two doubles, a home run and four RBI.
Chris Rusin gave up four runs over 6 1/3 innings in Iowa’s 4-0 loss to Albuquerque. Welington Castillo had two singles and two walks, and stole a base in his second rehab game. He re-joined the Cubs on Sunday and was activated from the disabled list.
Corey Black gave up two runs over 4 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 4-1 loss to Chattanooga. Christian Villanueva drove in the Smokies’ only run with a RBI double.
Daytona pounded 18 hits in an 11-4 win over Tampa. Rock Shoulders had three hits, including a three-run homer and a double, and Jordan Hankins had three hits, including a two-run home run. Wes Darvill drove in four hits.
Kane County’s game against Cedar Rapids was postponed because of rain. The two teams were to play a doubleheader Sunday.
Varonex Cuevas homered for his first hit with Boise in the Hawks’ 3-2 loss to Spokane. Cuevas had been 0-for-16 to start the season.
Mesa opened the Rookie League season with a 10-9 loss to Arizona. Jorge Soler went 3-for-5, hitting two doubles and driving in two runs.
Javier Baez hit a two-run homer to back Chris Rusin and lead Iowa to a 2-1 win over Colorado Springs in front of a season-high 11,087 fans in Des Moines. Rusin gave up six hits over eight innings and struck out two. He was efficient, throwing 85 pitches. Blake Parker picked up his 12th save. Baez crushed his homer in the third, his eighth of the year.
Eduardo Figueroa hit a home run in the third and Jeudy Valdez added a two-run single in the sixth to lead Tennessee to a 4-0 win over Jacksonville. Figueroa, making his first start, was pulled after his pitch count reached 53. The homer was the first of his professional career and just his second hit as a pro.
Chris Rusin gave up two runs over seven innings in Iowa’s 2-1 loss to Nashville. Brett Jackson had two of Iowa’s four hits in the game, including a seventh inning triple. It was Rusin’s seventh quality start.
Birmingham scored on a wild pitch by Hunter Cervenka in the top of the ninth to beat Tennessee 2-1. Kris Bryant had two hits, including his 15th double. He finished the month of May batting .407 with 30 runs, seven doubles, 12 home runs and 34 RBI in 29 games with a .806 slugging percentage. Joel Pineiro started, and gave up one run over seven innings but did not get a decision. Dustin Geiger hit a RBI double for his 16th RBI.
Daytona lost its fourth in a row, 4-3, to St. Lucie. Felix Pena gave up one hit over five scoreless innings. Albert Almora had two hits, including a double, and one RBI.
Peoria scored two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to beat Kane County, 5-3. Carlos Penalver hit his first home run. Four players had two hits, including Yasiel Balaguert and Cael Brockmeyer.