Isn’t it nice when a plan comes together? Paul Maholm, the bullpen, and the bats all managed to not suck at the same time, helping the Cubs finally end their six-game skid with a 6-1 victory over the Reds.
While Maholm was not as good as his numbers might have looked last year with the Pirates, he’s definitely not as bad as he’s been in his last two starts. By itself, that’s cold comfort, but we actually got to see it in action today. Maholm only allowed one run on six hits over six innings. He did walk three, which is less cool, but he also struck out five, including Joey Votto.
The bulk of the scoring happened right up front. A scary first inning put a run on the board for the Reds, but Maholm was able to limit the damage and then retire eight in a row. The Cubs, meanwhile, evened the score in the bottom of the first, and then racked up four runs in a huge second. They would tack on an insurance run (what are these words that I’m typing) in the seventh.
So, there are a couple guys we should talk about today, and the first of those is Steve Clevenger. He got the start behind the plate today and collected three hits, an RBI, and a postgame-interview Gatorade-cooler ice bath. He’s currently hitting .538, which is very obviously not going to continue. But I do wonder just how much it’ll fall off, when it eventually does.