LHP Chris Rusin made history on Wednesday afternoon in New Orleans when he threw the first no-hitter for the Iowa Cubs in nearly 30 years. Iowa beat New Orleans 3-0. Chris Rusin walked two batters and struck out three on 118 pitches, 72 for strikes, in nine innings. Rusin became only the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter at Zephyr Field.
Iowa scored all three of their runs in the second inning with Chris Rusin driving in two of the runs himself. Rusin not only tossed the no-hitter, he also went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI.
Chris Rusin is the first I-Cubs pitcher since Reggie Patterson on Aug. 21, 1984 to throw a no-hitter. Matt Szczur made a diving catch in shallow center to end the game and preserve the no-hitter for Rusin. Javier Baez reportedly made an excellent play at short earlier in the game that kept New Orleans from collecting a hit. Rusin recorded 15 groundball outs, six fly ball outs and only one runner reached second base in the game against Rusin and that was in the ninth inning.