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Play of the Day: Francisco Liriano starts 9th with nifty between-the-legs snag

Jul 6, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

Francisco Liriano held the Cubs to two runs on four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts over a nine-inning complete game. The lefty lowered his ERA to 2.20 in his 11th start of the season as he continues to top the list of baseball’s best off-season bargains.

Liriano started off the bottom of the ninth on a good note, making a great snag on a sharp grounder hit right back up the middle by Dioner Navarro. Liriano, falling towards third base perpendicular to the plate, stuck his glove between his legs. He hesitated for a moment, perhaps in shock that the ball found leather, before firing a strike to first baseman Gaby Sanchez with Navarro no more than 40 feet up the first base line.

Watch the play:

  1. Stiller43 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Buccos baby!! Been a real great signing. Assuming we get Wandy and AJ back at full strength, combined with Locke and whoever emerges out of Cole/McDonald (NOT likely)/Morton, the starting 5 haven’t looked this good in a while in Bucco Land.

    Thats also taking out Jeanmar Gomez, who made plenty of real good starts while some of the other guys were out.

    Looks like the BUCCOS finally have some +.500 ball to play these days.

  2. ironcity6pak - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Just shows the kind of focus the bucco’s have this year

  3. pkers - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Interesting to see the positioning of the SS up the middle in the replay. Like, he was in PERFECT position for that grounder. I love to see the little stuff like that.

  4. modellforprez - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Might turn out to be the Best bargain Good deal Neal has had. i mean if he gets any support from the Bats he should be 10-1 So lets see where he is at the end

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