Chicago Cubs’ rookie pitcher Javier Assad pitched five scoreless frames for his team on the highway in Toronto Monday night.
He allowed just four hits and two walks, striking out one, before being pulled at 80 pitches by manager David Ross.
Ross’ early call to the bullpen led to four runs as relievers Erich Uelmen and Manuel Rodriguez didn’t keep carefully the Cubs’ comfortable 4-0 lead intact.
Eulmen quit a three-run homer in underneath of the seventh to Blue Jays’ pinch-hitter Santiago Espinal. Rodriguez quit an RBI single to Toronto third baseman Matt Chapman, scoring second baseman Cavan Biggio.
Assad, though, was excellent once more.
Through two career starts and a complete of nine innings pitched, Assad has yet to permit a run. He threw four scoreless innings the other day contrary to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Assad received a call-up from Triple-A Iowa the other day. The 25-year-old pitched perfectly in his amount of time in Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A over 108.1 innings this year, posting a 2.66 ERA.
Assad has been around the Cubs’ farm system since 2015, once the organization signed him being an international free agent from Mexico.
Assad struggled in 20 starts in 2021, logging a 5.32 ERA. He’s got bounced back nicely in 2022 though, and was rewarded for his years of effort with a call-up the other day.
With 2022 Opening Day starter Kyle Hendricks out for the growing season and pitchers Keegan Thompson, Wade Miley and Steven Brault all on the Injured List, Assad should visit a nice opportunity down the stretch to audition for the Cubs’ 2023 pitching rotation.