Cubs Make it Two of Three over Brewers

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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.

“I will be ready for any situation,” Rondon said. “If they want to put me in the second inning, third inning, whatever situation, I take it. I say thank you to the guys for giving me that chance.”

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.”

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  • Waste Of A Team

    Please somebody please end the suffering of this team. Every year, decade after decade what losers. It doesnt matter how much money you pump in this team or how much talent or TIFF money you give them. They are by far year after year the worst performing team year after miserable year in all of baseball by far.
    The players, coaches and owners (shareholders) get paid such a ridiculous amount of money, common sense begs to say after a few losses in the begaining of the year, then there is no motivation except for they team to pick up their checks and the owners to count transactions at the park.
    Get rid of them, next time they want to move, call the moving trucks for them will ya.