Best Win of 2012 For Cubs, Maholm

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).

Can’t say enough about Campana. Two more hits, two more runs scored and another stolen base–his fifth steal in the last four games.

His presence on the base paths is largely accountable for disrupting Halladay’s rhythm and Chicago manufacturing an early lead.

Campana’s game is all about getting on base. So far he’s done that enough to warrant more paying time. Good for him.

Is Starlin Castro (2-for-4, RBI) ridiculous at the plate or what? He’s reached base safely in 58 of his last 60 games, including a least one hit in 17 of his 20 games played this season. Unreal.

The more Rafael Dolis pitches the more I like him. He earned his first big league win Monday night against St. Louis, then his first big league save Friday night.

The right-hander brings wicked heat in the mid-90s with regularity, but surprisingly, Dolis has only two K’s in 12.1 IP to show for it.

Walks are his real issue (8), but if the kid stays in the strike zone, like he did Friday (no walks, one strikeout in 2.0 IP), I’d like to see him get more save opportunities.

Three more games left in this series. The Cubs won’t see Cole Hamels or Cliff Lee and Philly has scored two or fewer runs in 12 of its last 21 games.

I’d be happy with a split, but it’d be nice to see the Cubs get greedy for a change and take maybe three of four.

Hey, if Paul Maholm can outpitch Roy Halladay anything is possible, right?


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