CHICAGO – Nothing like saving your first major-league game and making a little history at the same time.
When James Russell saved Tuesday’s Chicago Cubs victory over the San Diego Padres he was well behind the 186 games his father Jeff saved over a 14-year career. But it made the Russells just the fourth father-son duo to save a game, according to Elias.
The others were Julio and Jamie Navarro, Pedro Borbon Jr. and Sr., as well as Steve and Jason Grilli.
James Russell is getting save opportunities now after Carlos Marmol and Rafael Dolis both were removed from the role earlier this season. His father led the American League in saves during the 1989 season with 38, and he ranked in the top ten in the AL in saves every season from 1991-95.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he hasn't settled on a closer but will utilize the left-handed Russell in the role along with right-handers Casey Coleman and Shawn Camp.