Francisco Liriano Now Playoff-Ready Ace

Pirates_Liriano_2013The Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to win their first postseason game in over 20 years on Tuesday night, so they handed the ball to the guy with the million-dollar arm.

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.