Thursday, September 8, 2005

Maholm shines in debut

Paul Maholm’s big league debut Tuesday night, Aug. 30, was a huge success.

The left-hander, beginning his professional career for the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitched shutout baseball for eight innings in Milwaukee. Pittsburgh won the game 6-0 before a crowd of 28,337 at Miller Park.

Maholm, the son of Gary Maholm of Holly Springs and the late Linda Maholm, gave up just four hits, struck out five and walked three.

He eluded a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth inning and collected his first Major League hit in the top half of the same frame.

“Of course, I wanted to do what I did tonight, but I was also expecting to have some rough innings and just have to battle through it,” Maholm said. “What happened was way better than what I expected.”

The eighth overall choice in the 2003 free agent draft out of Mississippi State became the first Pirates pitcher to win in his Major League debut since Joe Beimel on April 8, 2001, at Houston.

“I’m at a loss for words,” Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. “His breaking ball was good and sharp. His slider was tight. He used some excellent changeups; he pitched up, down. He swung the bat pretty good.”

Maholm was scheduled to make his second start on Tuesday of this week, Sept. 6, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

(Editor’s Note: Information for this story was taken from the Pittsburgh Pirates web site – www.pittsburghpirates.com.)


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