ST. LOUIS – Its been eight long months since Paul Maholms last victory. Contrary to the results so far this year, the Chicago Cubs left-hander believes the turnaround is just around the corner.
I couldnt tell you the last time I won, Maholm said after dropping his seventh straight decision in a 10-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. My goal is to go out there and go seven innings and win the game no matter how the outing before went or whether it was good or bad.
I think thats the only mindset you can have.
Jake Westbrook (2-0) allowed one earned run in seven innings and rookie Matt Carpenter homered, tripled and drove in five runs for the Cardinals.
Maholm (0-2) surrendered six runs in four innings, and hes 0-7 with a 7.03 ERA in nine starts since his last win on July 10 against the Cubs when he was with Pittsburgh.
It was kind of the same thing as the first start where you give them baserunners and they take advantage of it, Maholm said. Its frustrating, but Im going to bust it this week.
Both games it seemed every time I missed I was getting punished, and when you miss over the middle thats going to happen.
Carpenter has been getting regular duty while Lance Berkman recovers from a strained left calf and is batting .409 with 10 RBI in 22 at-bats.
Berkman missed the weekend series but could be back Tuesday when the Cardinals open a three-game series against the Reds.
Yadier Molina hit a three-run homer off Maholm in the third and has six RBI the last three games.
Major League Baseball honored Jackie Robinson and his legacy Sunday. Video tributes and on-field celebrations at every ballpark included his family, his former teammates, players from the Negro Leagues and NBA great Bill Russell.
Players, managers, coaches and umpires all wore No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day to remember the 65th anniversary of the day the future Hall of Famer first took the field with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Markers on each base noted the occasion.