Paul Maholm earned his first victory in a Cubs uniform, and the Cubs were finally able to prosper with runners in scoring position.
Here is what we learned from this Cubs win.
Paul Maholm looked great:
Maholm looked masterful all day as he kept Reds hitters off-balanced as they managed only four hits off of the lefty. What was impressive with Maholm today is he threw fourteen first pitch strikes to the twenty six hitters he faced as he was able to induce seven ground-ball outs.
Maholm will never be a power pitcher, which is evident by his low strikeout total in in this outing with five, but with his change in pitch speed to keep hitters guessing, he can continue to have outings like this more often.
Steve Clevenger should start: