3/21 Maholm strikes out 7 in Minor League game

Paul Maholm may have been facing the Giants’ Class A team on Wednesday but the Cubs lefty accomplished what he set out to do in a Minor League game at Fitch Park. Maholm struck out seven over five innings and gave up one run on two hits and a walk. The only run scored with one out in the second inning when a batter doubled, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly.

“It was good,” Maholm said of the outing. “I’m getting a little better with pitch sequences and everything but as far as getting ahead of hitters and challenging them, that was the main thing I wanted to do. When I threw first pitch breaking balls they were for strikes for the most part. There were some pitches that obviously weren’t perfect but that’s part of it. It was a building block and a positive to get through it with five innings.”

Maholm has made two Cactus League starts. Wednesday was an off day for the rest of the Cubs but Maholm started for Class A Daytona to stay on schedule.

“I have two or three more [starts],” Maholm said. “You have to make sure you’re ready and don’t get too ramped up and make sure you’re ready for the season, which is the biggest thing, and your health is good, which is the main concern at this point. I just want to keep building up pitches and innings.”

— Carrie Muskat

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