The Rockies want to get Chris Rusin back on track. He's beeen battling injuries and opposing hitters.
Monday, Rusin, now with Triple-A Albuquerque, found himself in a starting assingment for the first time in a non-rehab situation since 2016. And he responded to the challenge.
Rusin, who had allowed 10 runs in 6 1/3 innings his five previous relief appearances with the Isotopes, allowed three hits in three scoreless innings. He has battled injuries the last two years, but in 2017 Rusin appeared in 60 games for the Rockies out of the bullpen, and had a 2.65 ERA in 85 innings.
Rusin, who initially was on a rehab assignment with the Isotopes and was then outrighted off the big-league roster and assigned to the Rockies Triple-A affiliate, has a 6.52 ERA in 14 appearances at Albuquerque. The Rockies would like to add a second lefty to their bullpen. Currently, Jake McGee is the Rockies only lefthander in the big-league bullpen.
In Monday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (41-54) won 6-2 against Fresno (Nationals). Nelson Gonzalez (2-0, 5.96) earned the win in relief of Rusin, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out two in four innings. Elliot Soto (.305) was 2-for-4 with his sixth home run, and Roberto Ramos (.307) delivered his 20th home run in a pinch-hit role. Sam Hilliard (.259) tripled home a run, extending his team-high RBI total to 76, and moving into a tie with Soto for the lead in triples with six.
AA Hartford (12-12, 49-42) won it's third in a row, taking a 5-4 win against Richmond (Giants). Matt Whitehouse (4-2, 2.65) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out eight in six innings. Tyler Nevin (.252) was 2-for-2 with a run scored, RBI and two walks. Bret Boswell (.202) delivered a two-run home run, his 10th home run of the season.
Advanced A Lancaster (15-11, 49-45) won 6-5 against San Jose (Giants). Nate Harris (3-5, 5.20) struck out one in one inning and picked up the win. Tommy Doyle (2.49) earned his 16th save. Matt McLaughlin (.272) delivered the game-winning hit in the eighth. Casey Golden (.268) was 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI, and Ryan Vilade (.280) was 2-for-5 with a double and his fourth home run. Lucas Gilbreath (6.31) started and allowed five runs, four earned, on 10 hits and two walks, striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings.
A Asheville (12-13, 41-54) lost 7-2 at Greenville (Red Sox). Willie MacIver (.240) was 2-for-4 with his ninth home run. Nick Bush (4-8, 5.12) started and suffered the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out six in five innings.
Short-season A Boise (15-16) won 4-2 against Eugene (Cubs). Zach Hall (.231) hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh, to give the Hawks the lead. Stephen Jones (1-0, 7.59) pitched the seventh, allowing one run on two hits, striking out two, and was credited with the victory. Third-round draft choice Jacob Wallace (1.00) worked a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.
Rookie Grand Junction (15-14) won 12-1 against Billings (Reds). Helcris Olivares (2-1, 3.57) worked five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk, and striking out seven. Jack Yalowitz (.207) was 2-for-5 with three runs scored, two RBI and his second home run. Max George (.233) was 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored and a double.