CUBS 5, REDHAWKS 1
The Iowa Cubs didn't need to look further than Brian Bogusevic for their offense Wednesday night.
The 29-year-old left fielder hit two home runs off Brett Oberholtzer in the Cubs' 5-1 victory over the host Oklahoma City RedHawks at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
His two homers were his seventh and eighth of the season. Bogusevic finished the night with two runs, two hits, four RBIs and one walk.
“Two-out hits are tough to come by with runners are in scoring position,” said Bogusevic, who played for the RedHawks in 2011. “When you get them, they really give the team a lift. You know, it's tough when you're on defense and you're just about out of the inning and then the other team scores. Those are big hits, I've been leaving runners on lately, and it felt good today to get a few in.”
RUSIN CONTAINS REDHAWKS
Chris Rusin didn't give up much of anything to the RedHawks in his seven innings pitched. He struck out the first and second batters in the fourth inning, didn't allow a run and gave up only five hits.
Rusin (5-6, 3.38 ERA) faced 25 batters, threw 56 strikes in 84 pitches, forced nine groundouts and three flyouts.
Triple-A Iowa third baseman Ian Stewart became the first Cubs player since Milton Bradley (2009) to be suspended for making disparaging remarks about the organization.
Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein suspended Stewart without pay for tweeting the Cubs are letting him “rot” and “might as well release me.”
Stewart tweeted an apology Tuesday “to the entire Cubs organization for my comments on Twitter.”
AND FOUR TO GO
The RedHawks will attempt to split the four-game series against the Cubs on Thursday. The final game will be played at 7:05 p.m. at the Brick. Brad Peacock (1-2, 4.98 ERA) is slated to start for the RedHawks, while the Cubs will put Nick Struck (3-4, 6.24) on the mound.