Rusin Throws No-hitter in 3-0 win
Chris Rusin tossed the Pacific Coast League's first no-hitter of the season as the left-hander blanked New Orleans for the complete game gem. The left-hander used 118 pitches, 61% for strikes, and said in an interview with I-Cubs broadcaster Randy Wehofer that he just tried to keep his composure and pound the zone in the final inning. Rusin said he'd never taken a no-hitter past the sixth inning in his pro career. He fanned three and got 15 ground ball outs.
The perfect game was wiped out when Rusin walked the second batter he faced, the first of two on the day. He retired the next 17 in-a-row before the second walk to leadoff the seventh. The leadoff hitter reached on catcher's interference to leadoff the ninth but Rusin got the last out on fly ball to center fielder Matt Szczur, who made a nice running catch coming in on the ball before diving to the ground. It was the first I-Cubs no-hitter since 1984 when Reggie Patterson blanked Omaha.
It was Rusin's day as he knocked in a pair of runs with a single in Iowa's three-run second. The other run scored on a passed ball. Rusin added another single.....Javier Baez (.169) had his first AAA three-hit game, all singles in five at-bats....Josh Vitters followed up his homer spree (four in three games) with a pair of singles to raise his average to .221.
AA—Tennessee 12, Birmingham 1
Kris Bryant hit a pair of homers and knocked in six runs to lead Tennessee to its third straight over Birmingham.
At the Dish: A big night for Bryant as the two homers and 6 RBI are both career-highs. Smokies took a 3-0 lead in the first on Bryant's first homer and then added a solo shot in the fifth. He just missed his third homer in the eighth, drilling a two-run double off the wall. Bryant is hitting .313 with 8 HR and 23 RBI......John Andreoli was on base all five times, scoring four runs with two singles, a pair of walks and was hit by a pitch. Andreoli's single in the first inning extended his on-base streak to 26 games, tied for the longest streak in the Southern League. He also swiped two bases (16)......Stephen Bruno went 3-4 with three double and two RBI....Jae-Hoon Ha was 2-5 with two RBI.....Charlie Cutler was 1-4 with a RBI
On the Hill: Dae-Eun Rhee worked seven strong innings to match his season high. The right-hander held Birmingham to one run, a solo homer, and gave up three hits and two walks. He fanned two in his 77 pitch effort.....Jeffrey Lorick pitched a scoreless eighth and Arodys Vizcaino saw his first AA action of the season after being promoted from Daytona. Vizcaino retired the side in order with two strikeouts.
Smokies Notes: Pierce Johnson (1-1 3.86 ERA) gets the start on Thursday night as the Smokies look to make it four in a row over Birmingham......Jorge Soler was activated from the disabled list but didn't arrive at the park in time to play Wednesday night.
High A—Brevard County 5, Daytona 1
Daytona fell to 10-20 on the season as the offense could only push across one run.
On the Hill: Rob Zastryzny's night ended with a line drive off his throwing hand in the fifth. He made the play at first but left the game. The left-hander surrendered four runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings with one walk and five strikeouts......Stephen Perakslis had a solid outing, taking over for Zastryzny after he got hit. He tossed 2.1 scoreless frames allowing two hits with two strikeouts......Michael Jensen pitched the final two innings, yielding a run in the ninth..
D-Cubs Notes: Yao-Ling Wang (0-4 8.82 ERA) gets the start on Thursday at Brevard County.
Low A—Wisconsin 5, Kane County 3
Wisconsin salvaged the final game of the series and snapped the Cougars home win streak at 11, scoring two runs in the top of the ninth.
At the Dish: Yasiel Balaguert gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead in the first with a RBI double, scoring Benjamin Carhart, who walked with two outs......Shawon Dunston delivered a two-out RBI single to tie the game in the second and the Cougars took the lead when Jacob Hannemann tripled and scored on a wild pitch.
On the Hill: Juan Paniagua's spot in the rotation was skipped as the right-hander returned to the Dominican Republic to be with his sick grandmother......Justin Amlung allowed four hits in six innings but two of those left the yard resulting in three runs. He fanned five and didn't walk anyone......Michael Wagner, recently recalled from extended spring training to replace Zack Godley, made his MWL debut but after two scoreless innings allowed two runs in the ninth and took the loss. Wagner finished with a line of 2.2 IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB 0K.....Tyler Bremer got the final out of the ninth on strikes.
Cougars Notes: Duane Underwood (0-0 3.24 ERA) gets the start Thursday night as Kane County begins a three-game series in Burlington.