Monday, March 26, 2012

Paul Maholm continues to impress in Cubs' 2-0 split-squad win over Padres

Paul Maholm, who has been named the Cubs' fifth starter, was impressive in today's split-squad game against the Padres, where he threw six strikeouts over five scoreless innings and led the Cubs to a 2-0 win.  Maholm also allowed four hits and walked two batters.  “I was working on a few different things that we are trying to implement and gave up a few hits but they were good pitches,” Maholm said.  “The main thing was getting out there, getting through five, to the 70-pitch mark and for the most part I worked ahead.”  Maholm has given up just one earned run in four starts this spring and has a current ERA of 0.90.  

Bryan LaHair had an RBI double in the game.  Cubs Closer Carlos Marmol made his first appearance since last Tuesday, when he had to leave the game due to hand cramps.  "My body feels great and mentally I feel great," Marmol said. "It's a good sign."
Paul Maholm threw six strikeouts in the Cubs' win over the Padres on Monday (photo from
The Cubs lost 3-2 in their other split-squad game to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale.  Ian Stewart had an RBI double.  Blake DeWitt was 2 for 4, which should help his chances of making the roster.

The Cubs signed veteran right-handed reliever Shawn Camp to a Minor League deal today and also released veteran left-handed pitcher Trever Miller.  The Cubs' spring roster is currently at 40 players.

Matt Garza will start for the Cubs tomorrow when the team will head to Goodyear to face the Cincinnati Reds.  The game will be broadcast on at 3:05pm CST.  Only 10 more days until Opening Day!

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