In his first start since throwing a no-hitter last Wednesday, Chris Rusin struggled while Brad Mills was on top of his game as the Nashville Sounds (21-18) dominated the Iowa Cubs in an 8-0 victory on Tuesday afternoon at Principal Park. Even with the loss, Iowa (20-16) still sports an impressive 12-4 record in day games this season.
Mills (3-0) and Michael Blazek dominated Iowa batters all day. Mills set a season-high in strikeouts with eight over his six innings pitched. Mills walked one and allowed one hit, a soft flare off the bat of Rusin, that Pete Orr couldn’t quite gather and throw to first in time. Mills was never in any trouble and didn’t allow a runner to reach second base.
Blazek pitched the final three innings, picking up his first save of the season, and picked up where Mills left off. Blazek only allowed one hit, a Logan Watkins double to right to lead off the ninth, while striking out two batters.
Rusin (2-5) allowed four fourth inning runs after the first four batters reached, including doubles by Sean Halton and Taylor Green. Orr capped the inning with a two-run single. Rusin pitched six innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits while striking out six. Rusin also hit two Sounds batters.
Alberto Cabrera relieved Rusin and gave up a two-run homer run to Sounds shortstop Hector Gomez, his fourth.
Orr, Gomez, and Green each had three hits and 2 RBI for Nashville.
After a day off on Wednesday, Iowa opens up a four-game series with the Round Rock Express, triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers at Principal Park.