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Tuesday, August 20th
(All times Eastern)
Washington Nationals (60-64) at Chicago Cubs (54-70), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Dan Haren (7-11, 4.79)
Chicago - Chris Rusin (2-2, 3.06)
(Sports Network) - Lefty Chris Rusin faces the Washington Nationals for the
second time in his 14th big-league start on Tuesday night when the Chicago
Cubs host them for the second game in a four-game series at Wrigley Field.
A 26-year-old from Detroit, Rusin debuted in the majors last season and went
2-3 in seven starts with the Cubs while allowing a .314 opposition batting
average and striking out 21 in 29 2/3 innings.
He met the Nationals in the second of those seven starts and retired just
three batters while being raked for five runs on eight hits in a game the Cubs
ultimately lost, 11-5, at Washington.
Rusin opened this season with two wins in his first three decisions before
falling back to .500 with a 5-0 loss to Cincinnati in his most recent start on
In four career starts at Wrigley, he's 1-2 with a 5.57 earned run average
across 21 innings, as opposed to his 3-3 record in nine road starts with a
Washington opposes him with 32-year-old righty Dan Haren, who returns to a
starting assignment after picking up his first career save in his most recent
appearance on Aug. 17 in Atlanta.
The California native opened this season with 22 consecutive starts before
being called into action for a one-inning relief stint that closed out an 8-7
defeat of the Braves.
He'd gone 3-0 in four starts prior, allowing just four runs in 27 innings
while surrendering 14 hits, walking five batters and striking out 25 others.
Haren is 1-2 in five lifetime starts against the Cubs.
On Monday, Nate Schierholtz capped a career-high six-RBI performance with his
second home run on the night and the Cubs rode Jeff Samardzija's complete game
in a 11-1 rout of the Nationals.
Schierholtz finished 3-for-4 and the Cubs smacked five home runs as a team,
with Donnie Murphy also clubbing a pair and Dioner Navarro providing a three-
Samardzija (7-11) was in full control, allowing just a Wilson Ramos home run
and five more hits. He struck out five without walking a batter to get his
first win in a month.
The Nationals lost for the fourth time in five tries, with starter Jordan
Zimmermann (14-7) taking a beating. He was charged with eight runs on seven
hits over five frames.
The Cubs won two of three when the teams last played in Washington from May 10
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