Chris Rusin tossed a complete-game five-hitter as Iowa blanked Omaha, 2-0, Monday afternoon in the last of four meetings at Principal Park. The Storm Chasers dropped three of four in the series to slip to 30-38 and 3 1/2 games behind Memphis in the American Conference North Division as they await the outcome of the Redbirds series finale tonight in Albuquerque.
Rusin allowed singles to Adam Moore and Willy Taveras to open the third inning but retired the next three hitters without the runners advancing. The left-hander stranded Johnny Giavotella at third base in the fourth and then did not allow another runner to advance past first base. He walked one and struck out eight in finishing off his first career complete-game shutout in 94 minor league starts. [Read more...]