It has been a pretty ugly year for Paul Maholm and this game was no exception. The Cubs collected 18 hits – 10 for extra bases – in a laugher.
Chicago collected three hits and two runs in the first. Marlon Byrd had an RBI single and Alfonso Soriano poked a run scoring double. After an uneventful second and third inning, things came undone quickly in the fourth. Soriano walked. Tyler Colvin singled. Koyie Hill singled (RBI). Carlos Zambrano successfully sacrificed. Jeff Baker doubled (two RBI). Starlin Castro singled. Byrd doubled (RBI) and chased Maholm off the mound. Sean Gallagher relieved. Aramis Ramirez singled (two RBI). Xavier Nady doubled (RBI). Gallagher retired Soriano and Colvin to end it. Seven hits and seven runs with eleven men coming to the plate.
Andy LaRoche struck out pinch hitting for Gallagher and Brian Burres was rocked for four runs in the fifth. Zambrano homered with Hill aboard and Ramirez drove in two with a double.
The Pirates managed an unearned run in the sixth when Neil Walker reached third on an error from Soriano and scored on a Pedro Alvarez double. Darwin Barney doubled in a run off of Burres in the seventh to make it 14-1. Pittsburgh got one more in the 8th on a RBI grounder from Ryan Doumit.
Maholm got ten outs and gave up eight runs. He allowed nine hits and struck out three. Zambrano allowed four hits in 5-1/3 innings. He gave up an unearned run and K’d seven.
Garrett Jones had two hits.
Z is now 12-8 against Pittsburgh. He had not beaten Pittsburgh in Wrigley since 9/23/07. Despite a 5.70 ERA in 12 starts against the Cubbies, Maholm was 7-1 coming into the game. He was 2-0 in Wrigley in 2010 before getting hammered in this contest.
Maholm had allowed eight or more runs in a start just twice in his career prior to 2010. He has done it four times in the last two months.
Jones collected two hits for just the second time in August.
This was the fourth time in 2010 that Ramirez drove in four or more runs.