For the second straight year, a Cubs minor-leaguer recorded a no-hitter.
Chris Rusin hurled a no-no with Triple-A Iowa Wednesday afternoon, shutting down the New Orleans Zephyrs on the road. It was Iowa's first no-hitter since August 1984.
Rusin was a one-man wrecking crew, recording two hits and two RBI at the plate in the 3-0 victory, allowing just two walks and striking out three.
"I just tried to keep the ball like I did all game," Rusin said on the field after the game, according to the Iowa Cubs. "I was going to keep pounding until they made an adjustment. They just kept doing what I wanted 'em to do."
Eric Jokisch - now Rusin's teammate at Iowa - tossed a no-hitter with Double-A Tennessee last season, punctuated by a pair of great defensive plays from Javier Baez and Christian Villanueva. Rusin's gem Wednesday also featured a great defensive play, this time from outfielder Matt Szczur, who made a diving catch in the ninth.
Rusin is now 2-4 with a 3.58 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in six starts at Iowa.
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He spent some time with the big-league Cubs, appearing as a longer reliever in one game in St. Louis April 12, allowing just one run in five innings.
The 27-year-old lefty made 13 starts with Chicago last season and could be the next man up if the Cubs trade a starter (Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel) or suffer injuries in the rotation.