Hector Rondon doesn’t need manager Rick Renteria to officially designate him the Cubs closer to get him inspired.
The hard-throwing right-hander earned his fifth save in as many attempts Sunday to help the Cubs hold on for a 4-2 victory over the Brewers.
Rondon gave up a leadoff double to Ryan Braun in the ninth before retiring the next three batters.
“Every time I try to make a good pitch and be aggressive with the hitter,” Rondon said. “I keep working on keeping the ball down to help the team win.”
The Cubs bullpen has had only 11 save opportunities this season, the fewest in the National League.
Penmanship: Rookie relievers Neil Ramirez, Zac Rosscup (on the DL) and Brian Schlitter have combined to strike out 29 and walk just seven while holding opposing hitters to a .164 batting average.
“It’s a credit to Lester (Strode, bullpen coach) for getting us ready,” Rondon said. “Our bullpen is really good because everybody throws strikes.”