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Former baseball star Rusin makes memorable MLB debut

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In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I am a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, so I took particular pleasure in watching former Kentucky star lefthander Chris Rusin dazzle in his first career big-league appearance.

After spending most of the last four seasons in the minors and the last year with Triple-A Iowa, Rusin finally got the call to the Major Leagues on Tuesday night. He wasted no time in making an impression, retiring the first nine batters he faced in order. In fact, Rusin tallied his first career hit before he allowed any of the opposing Brewers to reach base. With one out in the third inning, Rusin laced the first pitch he saw into the right-field gap and raced around the bases for a triple.

Here's video of his first career hit on MLB.com
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Rusin would go on to pitch five innings, allowing just one run on one hit with UK baseball coach Gary Henderson in attendance. The run came in the fourth inning, when Rusin issued a walk and hit two batters. Corey Hart had the Brewers' lone hit against Rusin - an infield single off Rusin - to score a run.

Here's video highlights from Rusin's five innings.

Unfortunately, Rusin was the hard-luck loser as the Cubs went on to lose, 5-2, but you'd have to think he did enough to earn another start. Oh yeah, and he was trending on Twitter Tuesday night.

Read more about Rusin's debut in this UK Athletics release.

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