Paul Maholm was pressing early in the year, and I don’t blame. He was trying to prove to a major market that he was worth the money spent on him in the offseason, he soon realized that he didn’t have to prove anything to anyone and has taken off since then. Today was the latest chapter in Maholm’s resurgence as he was outstanding over eight innings to earn his 8th win of the season against six losses, and give the Cubs a series win over the Marlins. Maholm gave up one run on five hits while walking one and striking out four and lowered his ERA to 4.09 on the season. Maholm didn’t get much help from his offense, but he got just enough as the Cubs came through with clutch hits yet again, which has been a staple of this team during their recent hot streak. The Cubs only needed one inning to do their damage as they pushed four runs across the plate against Marlins starter Mark Buehrle, which was started by an Alfonso Soriano solo home run, his team leading 18th of the season. Luis Valbuena recorded a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and no outs to make it 2-0, and Reed Johnson came up with a huge two out single that scored two to give the Cubs a 4-0 lead. Reed Johnson, Alfonso Soriano, Jeff Baker, and Darwin Barney all had two hits in the win. Carlos Marmol came on in the ninth and had some trouble again before nailing it down for his 11th save of the season. The Cubs finished their six game home stand an impressive 5-1, full box score and highlights after the jump.
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