Paul Maholm Outduels Halladay, Chicago Cubs Win 5-1
This was suppose to be an easy win for the Phillies, especially with their ace Roy Halladay pitching, but the Cubs caused him fits all evening.
Here is what we learned, along with the questions we have after yesterday's victory, which leaves the Cubs' record at 7-13.
Tony Campana has sparked this team: The Cubs offense was sputtering for the early part of the season, but the addition of Campana in the lineup creates a whole new dynamic. With a combination of speed and scrappy play he can become a headache for any opposing pitcher, which was apparent by his two hits off of Halladay that did not even make it out of the infield. And because of his speed, pitchers lose focus of the batter they are currently facing, as they are trying to make sure Campana does not steal a base off of them.
Paul Maholm was masterful: Maholm kept Phillies hitters off-balance the entire game, despite many feeling that this was not a favorable matchup for him. However, he outshone Roy Halladay and earned his second consecutive win. Granted, the Phillies have struggled against lefties so far this season, however, it is a great sign to see the back-end of your rotation performing well. In his last two starts, he has only given up two earned runs.
James Russell and Rafael Dolis provide the relief: Russell and Dolis slammed the door shut on the Phillies as they combined for 2.2 scoreless innings pitched, while giving up three hits. Russell has evolved into a dependable option out of the bullpen and despite his lack of experience, Dolis has stepped up in a big way.
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