Stat Line of the Night — 7/10/2013 — Francisco Liriano
Despite owning the second-best record in the National League (53-36) heading into last night’s contest against the Oakland Athletics, the Pittsburgh Pirates still somehow ranked just 26th out of 30 MLB teams in runs scored. So, what gives? How can a team be so successful with such an inept offense?
The Answer to that question is a solid pitching staff, which was on full display on Wednesday, as Pirates starter Francisco Liriano hurled seven innings of shutout ball, allowing only four hits and one walk while striking out six in the process. He would eventually hand it over to the Bucs’ bullpen, and they would put the finishing touches on a 5-0 victory for Pittsburgh.
Following that performance on the mound from Liriano and company, the Pirates now own a league-best 3.09 ERA. As for Liriano, he is currently in the midst of his best season ever, with a 9-3 record and a 2.00 ERA thanks to last night’s outing, which has also earned him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, July 10, 2013.