Reds fans have former Kentucky player Chris Rusin to thank for a solid pitching performance against the Cardinals (who have lost three straight) in St. Louis last night. The Cubs got the 3-0 victory, their first shutout in St. Louis in 16 years.
It was Rusin’s 12th start as a Major League pitcher, striking out a season-high five batters. Rusin threw first-pitch strikes to 13 of the 16 he faced, allowing him to stay ahead of the hitters. Rusin rated the performance as up there behind the Cubs 1-0 win against the Giants on July 27, where he pitched seven innings with three hits.
Congrats to Chris on becoming a part of Cubs history as the first Cubs pitcher to throw six scoreless innings at St. Louis since Ken Holtzman threw seven scoreless on September 19, 1979–seven years before Rusin was born.