Chris Rusin made 13 starts for the Cubs last season, but the 27-year-old left-hander has spent most of this season at Triple-A and yesterday he threw a no-hitter against the Marlins’ affiliate.
And not only did Rusin allow zero hits and just two walks for Iowa’s first no-hitter since 1984, he collected two hits at the plate and drove in two runs.
Rusin has spent parts of four seasons at Triple-A for the Cubs, logging a combined 362 innings with a 3.96 ERA. He’s too old to be a prospect and struggles to get strikeouts, but he should get another opportunity in the big leagues at some point this season after holding his own in the Cubs’ rotation for a while last year.
And this has been a rough stretch for the Marlins’ Triple-A team. In addition to being no-hit by Rusin they also get into bar fights in which they break each other’s jaws.
Major League Baseball has announced the umpiring crew for the World Series. John Hirschbeck is the crew chief. It’s his fifth World Series assignment, third as a crew chief.
A surprising name on the crew is Joe West. It’ll be his sixth World Series overall, but first since 2012. There had been chatter for several years that Major League Baseball was making a more concerted effort to get its best umpires into the World Series more often while minimizing the appearances of its weakest umpires. Most assumed West’s absence from the Fall Classic in recent years, despite his seniority, was a function of that. Maybe they’re still making merit a priority and maybe West has just improved? I’ll leave that for you to judge.
Anyway, here is the lineup of umps for Game 1. They will rotate after that, of course. If the series goes six games, Cowboy Joe will be calling the balls and strikes:
Home plate: Larry Vanover
1B: Chris Guccione
2B: John Hirschbeck
3B: Marvin Hudson
LF: Tony Randazzo
RF: Joe West
Replay Official for Games 1-2: Sam Holbrook (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)
Replay Official for Games 3-7: Larry Vanover (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)