Paul Maholm is a perfect example of why a pitchers record doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story. Coming into Saturday’s game Maholm had a record this season of 1-7. After Saturday’s game he doubled his win total on the season in a very convincing fashion as he continued his success against the Cubs.
Thanks to four Pirate home runs and Maholm’s dominant performance, the Pirates easily took game two of the series versus the Cubs 10-0. Maholm went the distance allowing only three hits to earn the complete game shutout. The southpaw only needed 91 pitches to complete his gem and lowered his already impressive ERA to 3.18.
The Cubs really had nothing going for them in Saturday’s game. Their offense could only supply two infield hits along with a double by Alfonso Soriano. The Cubs pitching was no better. Randy Wells returned from the DL to make his second start of the season. Wells gave up five runs on five hits in his four innings of work.
The Cubs will look to avoid the sweep when the two teams battle at Wrigley on Sunday afternoon.
When Matt Garza was placed on the DL earlier in the week, the Cubs were left with only two of their Opening Day starting rotation.Today they get one of their starters back. Randy Wells will be activated from the Disabled List and is scheduled to start today against Pittsburgh. Wells only made one start this season before being placed on the disabled list with an arm strain. In that one start Wells pitched great. He went six innings and allowed only one run on just six hits.
Taking the ball for Pittsburgh (23-26) today will be Paul Maholm. Don't let Maholm's 1-7 record fool you. He has pitched much better then that. In his ten starts he has only allowed four or more runs two times and his 3.65 ERA proves that he has been a victim of run support. Maholm faced the Cubs on April 2nd and earned a no decision. He pitched six and two thirds innings and allowed no runs on five hits.
If the Cubs (22-27) plan on getting back in the race, they will need to start winning series against teams like Pittsburgh. After Friday's loss they are 1-3 versus the Pirates this season. Saturday they will look to even the weekend series at a game a piece.
First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 CST. The game can be seen on CSN. The forecast at first pitch is temps in the upper 60's with overcast skies.