Chris Rusin filled in admirably for Matt Garza, and he got just enough offensive support. The first game in the post-Garza era: win.

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  • Deacon

    Can’t say enough for Rusin’s start — to pitch so well against a tough team on such short notice really says a lot for the kid.

    I hope he gets another start. He deserves it.

  • Mike Taylor (no relation)

    Rusin’s start is the more woah, he left the game with two runners on and the bullpen gave up those 2 earned charged to him.

    • Eternal Pessemist

      Agree with that. Rusin handling the big-league pressure great.

    • Tim

      You can’t blame Parker for those 2 runs. A strike out passed ball allows them to move up, a fly ball brings a run in and goldschmidt with a grounder up the middle. I think he did a damn good job coming in with 2 on nobody out

      • cking6178

        Not to mention the caught stealing that was missed…

        • BigPappa

          And the communication break-down between Lake and Castro that allowed a pop-up to fall that could/should have been caught. Lake didn’t take charge and call Castro off. I know he hasn’t played much outfield let alone center where you have to be the one in charge. Hopefully, it won’t take long before he feels comfortable in the position.

  • Hansman1982

    Damnit, where was this variance at the beginning of the season.

  • MichiganGoat

    When you look back at how bad the bullpen was compared to the bullpen now it really shows me how fickle a bullpen really is from year to year. Last year Camp was the diamond in the rough (now he’s gone) and Marmol (well ya know) gave us hope (stupid stupid stupid) then we go get Gregg (seriously still shocked), added a couple of little pieces via a trade, and call up the right guys from the minors and our bullpen looks decent if not good. So next year lets all remember that bullpen success does not equal success next year. Lets just hope that the FO finds solid pieces from the start of the season vs having to play the game we played this year.

    • Rebuilding

      Hoyer did an interview with Kaplan last week where he basically admitted that the bullpen wasn’t up to snuff at the start of the year. He actually sounded a little pissed off when talking about where the team could be without some of the early blown games. I think that moving forward we don’t have to worry about them focusing on the bullpen

      • fester30

        This is why pitching depth is so much more important than big contracts for bullpen guys on career years. I remember some of the Hendry bullpen signings, when Brett seemed hesitant about them, and explained as much. Other than Rivera, it’s been a long time since a bullpen guy has been consistent year to year for more than a few years. I hope these guys don’t throw their money at bullpen types when the Cubs enter competitive years.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      It’s not even year-to-year: it’s month to month. A lot of “good” performances are just low HR:FB frequencies for a little while, or a small shift in BB:K ratios, but always within range of expectations over a small sample size. Even FIP stats show variation, after all, and relievers simply present tiny sample sizes.

      • MichiganGoat

        Thx Doc I’ve never looked at it that way but yeah a bullpen is crazy inconsistent (but consistent in the expectations as you say) so all this just reinforces my belief.. DON’T SIGN RELIEVERS TO BIG CONTRACTS. Just keep developing usable arms and small FA deals (2 years max) because over time few relievers maintain success- especially closers.

  • Rebuilding

    The way got the 4 hits was what impressed me: 2 bunt singles, a homerun and a clutch RBI single. The fact that the 2nd bunt single was the AB after the HR gives me a good feeling of where his head is right now. Hopefully he really is the kind of guy that the bright lights bring out the best in him.

  • nwicubfan

    I was impressed with how comfortable and at ease Rusin was all night.

    • Luke

      When Rusin is hitting his spots, this will be the result. Like many lefties of the crafty variety, though, his stuff isn’t good enough that he can afford to miss his spots often.

      • On The Farm

        I made that comment last night. He isn’t going to break any radar gun’s, but he will make his living on the corners. The one thing I noticed is he misses away to righties quite a bit (a result of trying to live on that outside corner). I really think Rusin catches more flak than he deserves.

        • cking6178

          The more MLB is able to control PED use, the better the “crafty” lefthanders will be…i.e. people won’t hit 400ft oppo bombs on pitches down and away that they were fooled on….

          • DocPeterWimsey

            That went away a couple of years ago when they switched baseball manufacturers again: the current baseballs are more like the ones from before 1994.

            However, “crafty” (= lucky) lefties will still be cannon fodder a lot of the time: and they will give up a disproportionate number of opposite field bombs to RHB.

  • ssckelley

    Lake was fun to watch last night and I hope to see more of that versus the other side of him that looks lost.

  • God

    There will now and forever be a 6th Great Lake.

    • MichiganGoat

      meh right now he just a really cool pond… Elevated Expectations

  • cubchymyst

    Wish I could of actually watched this game. Might need to think about MLB TV.

  • cubchymyst

    Watched the Video of Lakes 4 hits (2 Bunt singles, a hard single, and a monster home run shot). He looked damn good for that game. Wonder if he will force the front office into leaving him up for the rest of the season (especially after a few more trades are made). His kind of power and speed in center would really be something.

  • Tim

    Kevin LIGHTS OUT Gregg again!

    Junior Lake upstaging Puig?

  • Frank

    Rusin pitched a really fine game last night. Lakes homer was a monster blast. I just hope he doesn’t pull a Puig and roll over. It was also fun listening to Brenly call the game. Should have kept him.

  • Chad

    Lake is not upstaging Puig. No.

  • ISU Birds

    I wish there was a way to charge at least one of those runs to Dioner Navarro. He is absolutely miserable behind the plate.

    • wvcubsfan

      Even if he’s responsible for 1 of the D-Backs runs, he was directly responsible for 2 of the Cubs runs, so he’s still +1

  • Headscratchin

    Lake? Meh… Rusin batting average is as high as Lake.
    *ducks under desk