Paul Maholm was named the Cubs 5th starter, but with more outings like this, he could be a #1-4 in any team’s rotation. Maholm who battled the flu early in the spring and has been behind due to that, finally got in a long outing in Monday’s 2-0 win over the Padres. He pitched 5 scoreless innings, scattering 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6. He lowered his ERA to 0.90 and he could be a nice surprise for the Cubs at the back end of the rotation.
The rest of the bullpen was just as masterful after Maholm departed in the 6th. Carlos Marmol allowed 2 runners on in the 6th inning, but got out of the game without giving up a run. Casey Coleman worked 2 scoreless innings allowing just 1 hit with 2 K’s. And spring training surprise Rafael Dolis looks to have all but assured himself a spot in the bullpen with another scoreless outing. He gave up a walk in the 9th but closed the door on any Padres comeback. He has yet to allow an earned run this spring.
The Cubs scored a run in each of the 1st 2 innings to give Maholm a little cushion and the rest was history. You would have liked to see more than 2 runs on 7 hits, but a win is a win, even in spring training.
Go Cubs Go!