Anyone opposed to calling the Cubs 5-1 win against Philly Friday night the best victory of the season? I’m not.
Not only did Chicago snap a 5-game road losing streak, Paul Maholm outdueled Doc Halladay, the offense manufactured some runs and Rafael Dolis held down a late inning lead for his first big league save.
Big tip of the cap to Maholm who evened his record at (2-2) with his deepest outing of the season, 6.1 IP.
You can’t ignore the fact Philadelphia is challenged offensively. They’re ranked 14/16 in the NL in runs scored (Cubs are 10th). Chase Utley & Ryan Howard are on the DL and J-Roll is mired in a 3-for-37 slump. But give Maholm credit for taking advantage.
At one point the lefty retired 15 batters in a row. He didn’t allow a singe base on balls and trusted his defense to gobble up 14 ground ball outs.
Huge outing for Maholm. Huge lift for the Cubs (7-13).