Heuer pitched a perfect inning to earn the save in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Pittsburgh. Entering Wednesday, the right-hander had allowed six runs across two innings in his last three appearances. Interestingly, Heuer received the save chance after Rowan Wick was deployed in the eighth inning. Both relievers have struggled lately, but they contributed two of the Cubs' four scoreless innings out of the bullpen. For the season, Heuer has a 4.28 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 56:23 K:BB and 7-4 record across 67.1 innings between the Cubs and the White Sox.
Heuer (7-4) allowed two earned runs on one hit and three walks while striking out one across one inning, taking the loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. Heuer entered the ninth inning in a tie game, and quickly gave the lead to St. Louis. Although two of the walks were intentional, it wasn't a good showing for the pitcher, who also had a wild pitch that allowed a run to score. The 24-year-old has a 3.25 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 17 punchouts in 27.2 innings with the Cubs this season.
Heuer pitched two perfect innings of relief with two strikeouts to earn the save in Tuesday's win over the Reds. Heuer had to do a little extra work to secure his first save in a Cubs uniform and second in the majors after logging one last year. Since coming over from the crosstown White Sox before the trade deadline, the righty has posted an impressive 1.80 ERA across 10 innings of work with six strikeouts. The 25-year-old Heuer could see more save opportunities for the rebuilding Cubs down the stretch as the team takes stock of young players heading into next season.
Heuer (4-2) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the Marlins after allowing two unearned runs on two hits while fanning one across one inning. Heuer pitched the eighth with the Cubs holding a one-run lead, but he was unable to maintain that advantage and ultimately gave up both the tying and winning runs -- though both runs came home thanks to a fielding error by Sergio Alcantara. The right-hander, who was acquired by the Cubs from the White Sox before the trade deadline, owns a 2.25 ERA through seven appearances (eight innings) with the Cubs.
Heuer and Nick Madrigal (hamstring) were sent from the White Sox to the Cubs in exchange for Craig Kimbrel on Friday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Heuer is clearly the lesser part of the return for the Cubs but should still play a role for his new team. The 25-year-old righty has seen his ERA jump from 1.52 last year to 5.12 this season, though a similar jump in his BABIP from .193 to .360 accounts for much of that difference. He hasn't been a particularly exciting weapon this season, striking out a roughly average 23.5 percent of opposing batters, but it won't take much to earn high-leverage opportunities down the stretch for a Cubs team that's in the process of trading away most of its veterans.
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