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.