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56 Hector Rondon RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/180 | Birthdate: 2/26/1988 | Birthplace: Guatire, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 3 | Salary: $490,000 | Owned/Started%: 81/66 | Average Draft Position: 178.35
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Cubs closer Hector Rondon is learning from his mistakes


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Cubs closer Hector Rondon blew a save Friday night in Arizona, his third blown save of the season. The right-hander served up a game-tying two-run home run to Paul Goldschmidt in the 10th inning in the eventual 5-3 Diamondbacks win.

But Rondon, who is in the third season of his career, knows where he went wrong.

"I need better location," Rondon said Saturday, per MLB.com. "I know that pitch ran up a little to the middle [to Goldschmidt]. I think that's why we lost the game yesterday, those pitches."

Manager Joe Maddon has expressed faith in his 27-year-old closer, and a change does not seem to be in the cards, at least for now. 

"He knows what he did wrong," said Maddon. "I'll say [to him], 'Hey, listen, everything's cool. I still have a lot of trust and support.' It's one of those things that happens in our game."

Rondon has blown two of his last three save opportunities.


Cubs' Hector Rondon blows save against Diamondbacks


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Cubs closer Hector Rondon gave up two runs in the 10th inning to blow a save in his team's 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday.

The hiccup was Rondon's third blown save of the season.

Rondon has nine saves while posting a 3.79 ERA and 18:5 K:BB ration in 21 innings this season.


Cubs' Hector Rondon earns ninth save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Cubs closer Hector Rondon picked up his ninth save on Wednesday, giving up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning while striking out one to finish off his team's 3-2 win over the Padres.

The Padres were able to open the inning with a single, and the runner advanced to third base on a sacrifice and a groundout. However, the closer was able to strike out the final batter of the game to strand the potential tying run on third.

Rondon has posted a 3.00 ERA and 18:5 K:BB ratio in 18 innings.


Cubs LHP Travis Wood closes out Pirates for first career save


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Cubs left-hander Travis Wood picked up his first career save in Saturday's win over the Pirates. Wood, who started and pitched 4 1/3 innings on Thursday, pitched a perfect inning to preserve the 4-1 victory.

Hector Rondon, who is the Cubs closer, had worked each of the last three days. So with a three-run lead, manager Joe Maddon opted to rest Rondon. Wood will remain in the bullpen for the foreseeable future. The Cubs will determine on Sunday who will join the rotation, but it may be Tsuyoshi Wada, according to the Daily Herald.


Cubs P Hector Rondon blows save opportunity in Friday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon entered in the ninth inning of Friday's game against the Pirates with a one-run lead, but he could not close the door.

Rondon got the first two outs, but then allowed a double and single, which led to a run that tied the game. It was his second blown save this season in 10 chances. The Cubs won the game in the 12th inning.


Cubs' Hector Rondon earns eighth save with scoreless ninth


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Cubs closer Hector Rondon earned his eighth save of the year in Thursday's win over the Mets. 

Rondon allowed one hit and struck out one to preserve a one-run lead. He reduced his ERA to 2.81. 


Cubs' Jason Hammel gives up 1 run in no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel allowed only one run in eight innings during a no-decision effort in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over the Mets. 

Hammel struck out six batters and walked one. After a tough start to the season, Hammel has now allowed six earned runs in his past four games. 

Hammel was unable to earn the win as it was tied 1-1 entering the ninth. The Cubs won in the bottom half of the last inning, with reliever Hector Rondon getting the win. 

Hammel's next start is projected for May 19 against the Padres. 


Cubs closer Hector Rondon earns seventh save of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Cubs closer Hector Rondon worked a nearly perfect ninth inning in Chicago's 4-3 win over the Mets on Monday, earning his seventh save of the season. Rondon allowed a lead off walk to Curtis Granderson, but worked out of it by getting Dilson Herrera to line out to shortstop. Then, he forced Johnny Monell to ground into a game-ending double play.

Rondon lowered his ERA to 3.21 in 14 innings of work with 13 strikeouts and five walks.


Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon to use more breaking pitches early


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Cubs relief pitcher Hector Rondon knows it's time to mix things up a bit. The pitcher thinks hitters are starting to key on his fastball, so he needs to make his adjustments, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"Everybody knows I always throw fastballs, so I'm going to start throwing breaking balls early in the count," Rondon said. "They [opponents] know I throw a lot of fastballs now. I need to make a better pitch, better location. Use my breaking ball now more early in the count."

Rondon is 1-0 with a team-high six sves in 13 innings. He's posted a 3.46 ERA with 13 strikeouts and four walks.


Cubs P Hector Rondon earns save during Wednesday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) With the tying run on third, Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon was able to bear down to record the final out and earn his sixth save of the season during Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Cardinals. 

Rondon allowed a leadoff single to Peter Bourjos, who advanced to third on a fielder's choice. However, Rondon got Mark Reynolds to strike out then Jhonny Peralta grounded out to end the game.


Cubs closer Hector Rondon blanks Brewers for fifth save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Cubs closer Hector Rondon threw a bit of a scare into his teammates and fans Friday, but all was well when he walked off the mound with his fifth save.

Rondon yielded a two-out double to Brewers first baseman Jason Rogers in the ninth after striking out Ryan Braun and Khris Davis. But he induced Adam Lind to ground out to end it.

The right-hander has held opponents without a run in 10 of his 11 appearances this season.


Cubs' Hector Rondon strikes out two in fourth save Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Cubs closer Hector Rondon recorded his fourth save Sunday, giving up one hit but striking out two batters in his team's 5-2 win over the Reds.

Rondon has bounced back nicely since blowing a save opportunity for the first time this season last weekend. He's tossed three scoreless innings while giving up just the one hit Sunday and racking up four strikeouts in his last three appearances. Rondon owns a 1.80 ERA and 9:1 K:BB ratio in 10 innings.


Hector Rondon earns third save of season for Cubs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth to earn his third save of the year for the Cubs. 

Rondon struck out one and set down the side on 13 pitches, eight strikes. He lowered his ERA to 2.25. 


Cubs closer Hector Rondon opens door instead for Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Cubs closer Hector Rondon had been a picture-perfect pitcher early in 2015, but was far from perfect on Saturday.

Entering having not yielded a run in six outings, he sought his third save with his team leading 6-2 and two Padres on base in the ninth inning. He allowed a double and two singles, the second of which, by Yangervis Solarte, tied the game.

Rondon did induce a Wil Myers groundout with the go-ahead run on second to escape further damage.


Cubs P Hector Rondon earns win against Reds


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Cubs closer Hector Rondon was credited with a win after pitching a scoreless top of the 10th inning in Monday's 7-6 win over the Reds. 

Rondon did allow two hits, with Joey Votto hitting a double and Marlon Byrd reaching on an infield single. However, Votto was thrown out in a fielder's choice to third and Rondon was able to get Jay Bruce to strike out for the inning's third out. 

The Cubs won with a game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th. 

In five appearances this season, Rondon has two saves and a win. 


Cubs' Hector Rondon picks up save in win over Rockies


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Cubs closer Hector Rondon earned a save in Sunday's 6-5 come-from-behind win over the Rockies. 

Rondon entered the bottom of the ninth inning moments after the Cubs' offense rallied from behind with three runs in the top half of the inning. Rondon struck out Troy Tulowitski, got DJ LeMahieu to ground out and got Carlos Gonzalez to pop out. 

He gave up a double to left field from Charlie Blackmon. 

It's Rondon's second save of the season. He's yet to give up an earned run.


Cubs' Hector Rondon picks up first save Wednesday vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Cubs closer Hector Rondon recorded his first save of the season Wednesday, retiring the side in the ninth to finish off his team's 2-0 win over the Cardinals.

Rendon needed just six pitches to complete the ninth inning, using nothing but fastballs to earn his first save of the season. He'll serve as the team's regular closer in 2015 after posting a 2.42 ERA and racking up 29 saves last season.


Maddon: Hector Rondon will remain Cubs' closer


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters Saturday that Hector Rondon will remain the closer heading into the start of the season, according to MLB.com. Rondon emerged as Chicago's ninth-inning man in 2014, converting 29 of 33 chances.

Madded also noted that he's a believer of using the right reliever in high leverage situations, and called Jason Motte a "force multiplier," able to "fit in a variety of spots" in the bullpen. 

Motte missed the 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He saved 42 games in 2012 for the Cardinals.


Cubs don't feel they 'need' to acquire closer, sticking with Rondon


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Cubs reliever Hector Rondon had a pretty good run as the team's closer in 2014, converting 29 of 33 save opportunities and posting a 2.42 ERA in 64 appearances. He also had 63 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings.

Rondon's success in the closer's role has Chicago confident he will be able to handle the job again in 2015.

"We feel really good about Rondon," general manager Jed Hoyer said, per CSN Chicago. "He’s got great stuff, great makeup. (A closer is) not something we feel like we need."


Hector Rondon picks up the save Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon made things interesting during a save attempt Wednesday.

Rondon entered with a two-run lead, and got himself in some trouble. After quickly picking up two outs, Rondon gave up two straight singles. With the tying run on first, Rondon was able to induce a ground out, ending the contest. It was Rondon's 27th save of the season. 


Hector Rondon records 26th save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon delivered his 26th save Saturday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 8-7 win over the Dodgers.

Rondon has successfully converted his last 12 save opportunities, allowing only one earned run during that stretch while striking out 12 and walking two in 15 innings. He owns a 2.58 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 61:15 K:BB ratio in 59 1/3 innings.



Hector Rondon earns 25th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon delivered his 25th save Wednesday, walking one batter in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-1 win over the Reds.

Rondon has allowed just one earned run in his last 15 innings, but after going 22 innings without walking a batter, he's issued a walk in back-to-back appearances. The closer owns a 2.62 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 60:15 K:BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings.


Hector Rondon escapes rough outing with the save Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon escaped a shaky outing with the save Saturday night against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. He allowed a solo home run to Travis Snider in the ninth for his lone damage of the night. He was charged with one run on one hit and no walks while striking out one in one inning of work.

Hector Rondon slams door shut on Brewers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon slammed the door shut on the Brewers on Monday for his 23rd save of the season. Rondon allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 4-2 victory. He has converted 23 of 27 save chances, with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 53 1/3 innings of relief.

Hector Rondon saves his 22nd game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon saved his 22nd game Tuesday against the Reds. 

Rondon entered with a three-run lead, and was able to shut the door without any issues. He tossed a perfect inning, notching one strikeout. He threw 13 pitches during the outing, eight of which were strikes. Rondon lowered his ERA to 2.75.