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Gazette Premium Content Iowa starter dominates as Sky Sox are blown out for second night in a row

photo - Chicago Cubs' Chris Rusin pitches against the Chicago White Sox in a spring exhibition baseball game Friday, March 21, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) + caption
Chicago Cubs' Chris Rusin pitches against the Chicago White Sox in a spring exhibition baseball game Friday, March 21, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
By Brent Briggeman Updated: April 25, 2014 at 10:35 pm

When a quality pitcher like Chris Rusin enters a game with a stat line as bad as his was, it's generally bad for the opposition.

The Sky Sox saw firsthand how everything eventually evens out in baseball, as Rusin dominated to the tune of one run in seven innings in a 9-2 Iowa victory at Security Service Field.

Rusin struck out six, walked one and gave up seven hits - two on the infield.

"The wind was blowing in, that's obviously a confidence booster," Rusin said. "Playing in this park I was just trying to keep the ball down and keep it on the ground. I was able to do that today."

The lanky lefthander carried an 0-3 record and 6.32 ERA into Friday's start. Those three outings were interrupted by a solid five-inning relief appearance for the Chicago Cubs on April 12.

Rusin led the Pacific Coast League in WHIP (1.16) and was third in ERA (3.35) last year before being recalled by the Cubs and finishing the season with a 3.93 ERA over 13 starts.

He was in the mix for a starting spot for the Cubs well into the spring.

"I was, but it just didn't work out," said Rusin, whose ERA is now 4.76. "You can't take it to heart. You just have to come back down here and keep working."

The Sky Sox did little to help their cause against Rusin as runners were tagged out at third in both the fourth and fifth innings - when Iowa's lead was 2-1.

The Cubs broke the game open with four runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth. They outhit the Sky Sox 12-8.

Colorado Springs, which has lost three straight, received a quality start from Yohan Flande. He gave up two unearned runs in the first inning - courtesy of the first of three Sky Sox errors - but settled in and retired 15 of 18 during one stretch. Flande went six innings.

The Sky Sox have been outscored 18-2 in the first two games in this four-game series.

Notes

Sky Sox RHP Chris Martin was recalled by the Rockies, who in turn optioned RHP Chad Bettis to Colorado Springs. Martin, who has never pitched in the major leagues, was 0-1 with an 8.22 ERA and three saves in eight appearances for the Sky Sox. He had 11 strikeouts and three walks in 72/3 innings. ... Attendance was announced at 3,958, many of whom left disappointed following a postgame announcement that the fireworks show was called off by the fire department because of high winds.

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