The Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field today, 5-4 to start off the three-game series. Paul Maholm was on top of his game and allowed three hits and no walks during six innings pitched. During the top of the sixth inning, Maholm was hit on his right leg by a ground ball but ended up being ok and finished pitching the inning.
|Paul Maholm only allowed three hits during six innings pitched today (photo from Chicago Tribune|
James Russell allowed one run in the seventh inning. Kerry Wood made his first relief appearance since coming off the disabled list yesterday and allowed two runs in the eighth inning. However, Rafael Dolis was successful in his first save opportunity. Cubs manager Dale Sveum has pulled Carlos Marmol out of the closer role after his recent blown saves. He said that Dolis and James Russell will split the closer duties for now and that the team would "wing it."
The Cubs will play the Dodgers tomorrow at 12:05pm CT at Wrigley Field. Chris Volstad will start for the Cubs and try for his first win of the season.