- Doug Padilla, Chicago White Sox beat reporter
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How it happened: Chris Rusin had an interesting major league debut, allowing just one hit over five innings, but because he hit two batters in the fourth inning he ended up allowing a run. Cubs pitchers combined to walk six batters with four of those walks coming around to score. The Cubs rallied for two runs in the ninth inning.
What it means: Now the Cubs wrestle with the question of whether they let Rusin get another start or not. He retired the first nine batters he faced, but seemed to alter his approach ever so slightly when he started through the lineup for the second time. Manager Dale Sveum said this week that the intention was to only give Rusin this one opportunity, but didn’t close the door completely on the lefty staying around. If he is sent back down, he could return after rosters are expanded next Saturday.
Outside the box: Cubs reliever Alberto Cabrera showed in the sixth inning just what happens when you are outside of the strike zone. He missed the strike zone in 14 of his first 18 pitches, which was made more amazing by that fact that he actually struck somebody out during that stretch. He also walked the bases loaded, though, and the Brewers cashed in with a run on a wild pitch and another on a two-run double from Jonathan Lucroy.
Off beat: Rusin showed that he not only can get it done on the mound he can hit as well. He became the first Cubs pitcher to ever triple in his first major league plate appearance, According to Elias, pitcher Bob Muncrief had a triple in his first game with the Cubs in 1948. According to STATS, the last Cubs hitter to triple in his first “official” major league at-bat was Dan Rohn in 1983. He actually walked in his first trip to the plate.
Up next: The Cubs will send left-hander Travis Wood (4-9, 4.83 ERA) to the mound Wednesday against Milwaukee in the finale of the three –game series. The Brewers will counter with right-hander Yovani Gallardo (12-8, 3.67) in the 1:10 p.m. start from Miller Park.