Found August 15, 2013 on Pirates Prospects:
The Pirates needed Francisco Liriano to be a stopper, and he came up huge. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Last night’s loss was a tough loss. The Pirates were coming off a three game sweep against the Colorado Rockies. They had a three game lead in the NL Central over the St. Louis Cardinals, with a big three game series against the Cardinals coming up. Taking the first game against St. Louis would send a message. The Pirates came close to sending that message, up until a rare error by Starling Marte sent the game to extra innings. The Pirates had opportunities to close it out, but couldn’t come up with the win, and eventually lost in the 14th inning, sending their losing streak to four games. It wasn’t the first time the Pirates had a four game losing streak. In fact, it was the third time this year, and they’ve never extended a losing streak beyond that. They certainly couldn’t afford to start now against the Cardinals. With the Wild Card round reduced to a one game play-in, winning ...
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