The Stat Line of the Night – 7/18/10 – Paul Maholm
The Pittsburgh Pirates have not had much to be happy about this year, or even the last 15 years for the matter. They are one of the perennial losers in baseball as each season they sell off the few good young stars they have and seem to be in a perpetual rebuilding mode. Yesterday, however, was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season. Paul Maholm, a solid but not stellar pitcher for the Pirates the past few years, threw a gem as the Pittsburgh offense suddenly came to life.
Maholm had everything going right yesterday, facing only 2 batters above the minimum as he threw a complete game shutout. He needed only 103 pitches en route to his first complete game since April 27, 2008. It wasn’t a flashy win, as he only struck out 1 batter, but he gave up no walks and only 3 hits. His curveball and sinker were getting over the plate and the Houston Astros hitters could only hit weak grounders and pop ups.
The Pittsburgh offense, which has been mostly dormant this year, came out with a thunderous performance. They matched their season high in hits with 19 and scored 9 runs in the 9-0 victory. Maholm needed only 1 run, however, to dispatch the Astros.
While Maholm may never make an All-Star game and will certainly toil away in anonymity as long as he plays for the Pirates, his performance yesterday earns him “The Stat Line of the Night”.