Francisco Liriano Now Playoff-Ready Ace
In the end, it worked out.
Liriano went seven innings, allowing four hits, a walk and one earned run with five strikeouts to pace the Pirates to an easy 6-2 victory. Of his 64 strikes, 17 were of the swinging variety. It was basically a typical 2013 Liriano performance, and the absolutely bonkers crowd of 40,487 at PNC Park approved.