Mayor of Rusch Street

It was Glendon Rusch to the rescue again.<BR><BR> Rusch, who suffered through a 1-12 season with Milwaukee last year and was cut by Texas in spring training this year, has been a savior to a Cubs pitching staff that has been ravaged by injuries.

The lefty pitched effectively in 10 starts while Kerry Wood was on the mend, posting a 3-1 mark with a 3.43 ERA. And his record could have been better except for some troubles with offense and the bullpen in games he started.

Since he knew his time in the starting rotation was coming to a close with the pending return of Wood, Rusch continued to say the right things about returning to the bullpen even though he pitched eight scoreless innings in his July 4 start against the White Sox.

The 29-year-old Rusch was called on to save the day again on Thursday (July 15) when Mark Prior left a game against Milwaukee in the second inning with elbow discomfort.

Rusch didn't have a lot of time to warm up but came into the game and threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings to help the Cubs pull off a 4-1 victory over the Brewers in their first game back after the All-Star break.

"They were definitely not good circumstances to pitch in," Rusch said. "Fortunately we were able to come through and win the game.

"I didn't really think about (the win coming against Milwaukee) because things happened so quick. First I was sitting down in the bullpen to all of a sudden being in the game. It was a whirlwind. You have to try to get yourself as ready as possibly. They say you have as many (warmup pitches) as you want, but you feel a little bit of pressure when you're warming up in front of everybody.

"You want to get the game going," Rusch added. "No one wants to sit there and watch you warm up for 20 minutes. So have to get prepared the best you can and throw strikes."

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