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Francisco Liriano has won each of his first three starts for the Pirates.
Those were the pitches Francisco Liriano threw to get Cubs batters to swing and miss en route to nine strikeouts. In the Pirates’ 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, Liriano struck out nine hitters, gave up only one hit and one walk in his seven innings of work. Those 19 whiffs demonstrated Liriano’s dominance of the Cubs (18-27) this night, as did the fact that he recorded at least one strikeout every inning.
Liriano needed every strikeout and scoreless frame he could get, as he received little help from the Pirates’ offense (28-18), who went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. The game’s lone run, and hit with RISP, came in the Bottom 1st off Cubs’ starter Jeff Samardzija. Andrew McCutchen roped a two-out double down the left-field l...