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A.J. Burnett followed up Francisco Liriano’s seven strong innings with his own quality start. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
SAN DIEGO — The one-two punch of Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett turned around the Pirates’ bad-luck losses by leading the charge on back-to-back wins.
“Obviously you’re not gonna punch out 13 like [Liriano],” Burnett said. “At the same time you want to go out, keep your team in it and keep it rolling.”
The two staff aces each delivered a seven-inning pitching gem, and Burnett gave up just one run Tuesday night in the Bucs’ 8-1 win over the San Diego Padres. Coming off his worst two-start combination of the year, allowing five earned runs in each outing, the veteran sliced through the Padres’ lineup for his first road win since June 8.
“Man, I don’t even remember the last start,” Burnett said. “I had guys diving left and right behind me today.”
It was also Burnett’s first victory in San Diego since his 2001 no-hitter at Qualcomm Stadium. The Padres’ dro
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A.J. Burnett had a lead before he took the mound Tuesday night. After that his usual serving of fastballs and knuckle curves did the trick.
Burnett rebounded from two mediocre outings during the Pirates' 8-1 win against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park their second win in a row. The St. Louis Cardinals' loss Tuesday night meant that the Pirates took a two-game lead in...
Or did they? I pick the games every day. Perhaps you know that. As such, I see trends. I also follow the games in the evening and on Monday night, I was watching as Francisco Liriano again won big with scary, impressive numbers. My first thought was, "Anybody could have had this guy." He was unwanted. His career was in such disarray that he could not ask for much money...
Don’t look now but it’s time to sweep these guys. A.J. Burnett? I see you homie. That was EXACTLY what we needed from Burnett. Answer the rumblings, go deep, get some breathing room in the division and inch closer to a playoff berth. Pirates on pace for 96 wins with 37 games to go —…
A.J. Burnett threw seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates had six extra-base hits, including Neil Walker's home run, to beat the Padres 8-1 Tuesday night.
Burnett (6-8) held San Diego to one run and four hits, struck out seven and walked one. He bounced back from two starts in which he allowed 10 earned runs and 16 hits in 10 innings.
The right-hander improved to 2...
Pirates (73-51) at Padres (56-69)
10:10 PM–Petco Park, San Diego
The Pirates look for two in a row and a road series win as they try to cling to their NL Central lead this evening. The trip got off to a great start last night, but another victory would mark back to back wins for the first time in a while and would certainly be refreshing to see.
Francisco Liriano can make up to $8.5 M next year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Earlier this year we learned that Francisco Liriano was due to make $2.125 M in roster bonuses this year, have a $6 M vesting option in 2014, and a potential $2.5 M in roster bonuses. Today, MLBTR released the breakdown of those numbers.
The 2013 Bonuses
Liriano’s 2013 bonus structure is as follows:...
Francisco Liriano stopped a longer losing skid by flummoxing the San Diego Padres. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
SAN DIEGO — Francisco Liriano sliced up the San Diego Padres for a season-high 12 strikeouts over seven shutout innings to pave the Pirates’ way to a 3-1 road victory. Pedro Alvarez drove in all three Pittsburgh runs, two with the help of San Diego’s right-field error...
How come few have talked about the season Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano has had this year? Liriano currently leads the NL in wins with 14, just 5 losses, 2.53 ERA and 126 Ks in 121 IP. In addition, his WHIP is just 1.182, by far the lowest it has been in his entire career. His 14 wins are tied for his career high, which was 2010 when he won the AL Comeback Player of the...
Francisco Liriano took another step toward proving that his dismantling at Coors Field two weeks ago was a fluke.
He carved up the San Diego Padres with a devastating slider forcing swing after swing at nothing but air in the Pirates' 3-1 victory Monday night at Petco Park.
The Pirates maintained their one-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central after the Cardinals...
You might have slept through it, but if you did, you missed a historic performance by Francisco Liriano, who once again came up with an incredible effort to halt a mini skid.
Liriano was more dominant than he’s been all season – which is saying quite a bit – and he ended up with more K’s than any Bucco starter since 2004 (Oliver Perez). 2004!! For perspective, opposing starters...
Francisco Liriano definitely did h is job again. He is the stopper. Check this out. Updated with tonight: Francisco Liriano when he needs to be the stopper for the Pirates: 0.41 ERA in 44 IP, 47 Ks, 0.82 WHIP. — Tim Williams (@timwilliamsP2) August 20, 2013 Those are freaking incredible stats. Now A.J. Burnett…
I thought that it would be hard for Francisco Liriano to be better tonight than he was last Wednesday against the Cardinals. In the first three innings, Liriano faced 11 batters and struck out eight of them. He worked seven shutout innings in total, striking out 13, walking two, and scattering four hits. In his last two starts, he's pitched 16 innings, struck out 19, walked three...
Some of my haziest Pirate memories of the past six or seven years all involve late-summer trips to the West Coast. For whatever reason, I feel like the Padres have headed out to San Diego and often San Francisco or LA in August of just about every season, where they go to play meaningless baseball games that might as well not even happen for us East Coasters. This year is quite different...
The Pirates are a team that tend to just go away. They play well the first half of the season, getting Pittsburgh fans excited they may make the playoffs, or at least hit the .500 mark, and they end up imploding in the second half like no other team. It’s come to the point where I don’t really pay attention to them in the standings. If they are in first and the Cardinals are...