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Francisco Liriano strikes out 11 over six innings

Jun 1, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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Pirates starter Francisco Liriano struck out 11 batters over six innings in a tough luck loss to the Reds tonight. The 29-year-old lefty had always shown signs of promise but due to injuries and his own inconsistencies, he was never able to keep it together for more than a season at a time. With just the one run surrendered to the Reds on four hits and a walk, Liriano’s ERA fell to 2.17, helping make Pirates GM Neal Huntington look like a genius for grabbing him for a meager $1 million salary.

The Pirates have the fourth-best starting rotation ERA in the National League at 3.41, trailing the Cardinals, Reds, and Nationals.

  1. sandrafluke2012 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    game 1 starter of playoffs

  2. tfbuckfutter - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    The last time he struck out 11 batter over 6 innings those 6 innings were spread across 4 seasons.

  3. baseballisboring - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    The Pirates just may be for real this year…

    • baseballisboring - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:03 AM

      But hey, Liriano, despite striking out 11 over 6 still didn’t get the win tonight. The lack of TWTW on his part IS a little concerning…I guess learning to Pitch to the Score will come in time.

  4. codyodea - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Implode in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

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