You really can’t say enough good things about a Cubs pitching staff that absolutely dominated a Braves offense that came into this series having beat the crap out of the ball. Paul Maholm was no exception today. For the fourth start in a row, he was brilliant.

The Cubs had trouble breaking through offensively against Tim Hudson. Starlin Castro had a chance to score on an inside-the-park homer in the fourth, but (1) he didn’t run hard out of the box, and (2) by the time he got to third (partly because of number 1), he should have been held. He wasn’t, and he was out by a country mile. Bryan LaHair was left holding his bat in the on-deck circle.

When LaHair got a chance to hit with a man on third and two outs in the 7th, well, you know.


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