I-Cubs blank Padres, win second straight game
TUSCON, Ariz. (I-Cubs) — Three Iowa pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout in the Cubs (47-78) 4-0 win over the Tucson Padres (46-78) at Kino Stadium Wednesday night. The Cubs have won the first two games of this series and have won consecutive games for the first time since a four-game winning streak, July 6-12. It was the Cubs’ sixth shutout win of the season.
Chris Rusin (8-8) allowed four hits, walked three, and struck out four in six innings to earn the win in his team-leading 10th quality start of the season. It was Rusin’s fifth start of the season of at least six innings pitched and no runs allowed. It was also his first victory in six starts going back to July 15 at Omaha. Blake Parker pitched two perfect innings and struck out three in his fourth appearance as part of his Major League rehab assignment. It was his longest outing since returning to action after a stress reaction in his right elbow. Esmailin Caridad finished the bottom of the ninth and allowed a walk and struck out one.
The Cubs and Padres continue this series tonight at 9:05 p.m. Right-hander Seth McClung (2-13, 6.60) will start for the Cubs against RH Kip Wells (1-4, 5.27) for the Padres.
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