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Award-winning week for Rusch

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Fish hurler Matt Rusch went 2-0 last week with a 1.13 ERA.

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MATT RUSCH is the American Association's Pointstreak Pitcher of the Week for the week ending Aug. 25.

Rusch earned the honour after going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in two starts. Rusch was the second of three pitchers to throw back-to-back-to-back complete-game shutouts against the St. Paul Saints.

"I've never seen that in my time in pro ball. A lot of firsts going on and you never know, maybe there's a couple more around the corner," Rusch said.

Rusch credits his performance to slowing down his game and focusing on every pitch thrown.

"The last couple of starts I've felt good. I'm starting to get back to just getting the next hitter out and not worry about further on into the game," he said.

Rusch is 7-4 on the season with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts and only one start away from tying the franchise record for most in a season. He's expected to start in the final game of the St. Paul Saints series and wouldn't be opposed to pitching during their final series against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

"I like to think I'm one of those guys where the bigger the game, the bigger the performance. I'm hoping for that opportunity but it all depends on what happens in the next couple of games," he said.

Rusch won two pitcher-of-the-week awards during the 2012 season and he is the only Goldeyes player to receive a pitcher- or batter-of-the-week award this season.

 

-- Kyle Jahns

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 27, 2013 D2

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