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Francisco Liriano | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Francisco Liriano struggled in his final regular season start on Friday, giving up four runs on seven hits over five innings in a no-decision against the Reds.
Liriano punched out five and didn't walk a batter in the contest. Eugenio Suarez was responsible for most of the damage against him, belting a two-run homer in the second and adding on an RBI single in the third inning. Liriano wraps up a terrific regular season with a 12-7 record, 3.38 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 205/70 K/BB ratio over 186 2/3 innings. Oct 3 - 12:00 AM

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Francisco Liriano tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Cubs.

He was pulled with two on and two outs in the eighth, but Antonio Bastardo was able to get Anthony Rizzo to fly out and end a potential rally. Liriano held the Cubs to just four hits (three of them singles) while walking three and striking out nine. The veteran southpaw now has his first 200-strikeout season since 2010. Liriano improved to 12-7 with the victory and owns a 3.27 ERA on the year. He gets the Reds next week in what the Pirates are hoping is a tuneup for the NLDS.
Sep 26 - 4:57 PM

Francisco Liriano wasn't long for Sunday's no-decision against the Brewers, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits over 2 1/3 innings.

Liriano struck out four and walked two on the afternoon. Three of the five runs on his line scored in the third inning, when he surrendered a two-run homer to Khris Davis and an RBI double to Elian Herrera. This was Liriano's second shortest outing of the season. Despite the southpaw's struggles on Sunday, he still maintains a 3.45 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 182/65 K/BB ratio across 28 starts. A road showdown with the Dodgers awaits on his schedule.
Sep 13 - 5:49 PM

Francisco Liriano struck out 10 over six shutout innings in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Reds.

Liriano had it all working, yielding just three singles and a walk over his six innings. The pitcher also doubled and scored in the game, helping his own cause. Liriano improved to 10-7 through 27 starts on the year, owning a 3.28 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 178/63 K/BB ratio overall. Liriano will try to keep it going Sunday against the Brewers.
Sep 8 - 10:48 PM

Francisco Liriano gave up four runs in five innings to the Brewers on Thursday to lose for the first time since June 20.

The Pirates had won each of Liriano's last 11 starts, but the offense couldn't pick him up tonight. He's lucky he only gave up four runs, considering that he allowed seven hits and five walks.
Sep 3 - 11:13 PM

Francisco Liriano posted a quality start in Friday's no-decision against the Rockies, allowing three runs on four hits over his six frames.

Liriano punched out five on the night and issued three free passes. He entered the sixth inning with a 3-2 lead and in line for his 10th victory of the year before Carlos Gonzalez clobbered a solo homer to tie the game. He'll carry a terrific 3.27 ERA and 1.16 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Aug 28 - 10:34 PM

Francisco Liriano pitched well in Sunday's victory over the Giants, allowing just a pair of unearned runs on seven hits over his 5 1/3 innings of work.

The left-hander struck out five on the night while walking three. Though his defense didn't do him any favors, Liriano was able to keep his composure and make key pitches when it mattered most. He's in the midst of another terrific season, compiling a 3.22 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 159/54 K/BB ratio over 147 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Rockies his next time out on Friday in Pittsburgh.
Aug 23 - 11:53 PM

Francisco Liriano took a no-decision in Tuesday's 15-inning win over the Diamondbacks, yielding five runs in seven innings.

The Diamondbacks scored early, twice in the first inning and once in the second, but the Pirates matched them. Liriano took the hill to begin the eighth, but allowed a single and a walk before giving way to Jared Hughes, who allowed both of the lefty's runners to score and one of his own. Overall, Liriano gave up six hits and three walks while striking out five. He's been much more hittable as of late, but still carries a solid 3.35 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and a 154/51 K/BB ratio over 142 1/3 innings. He'll take the hill at home against the Giants next.
Aug 19 - 12:34 AM

Francisco Liriano racked up five strikeouts over six innings of work in Thursday's victory over the Cardinals.

Liriano allowed three runs on six hits and four walks on the evening. The Pirates staked him to a seven-run lead in the first inning, so he was on cruise control and just needed to avoid a blow up. Now 8-6 on the season, he'll carry a 3.19 ERA and 149/48 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's start against the Diamondbacks.
Aug 13 - 11:12 PM

Francisco Liriano said he felt a "twinge" near his right armpit while batting Saturday against the Dodgers.

That might explain why he only lasted three innings. Liriano didn't seem overly concerned about the injury and expects to make his next start Thursday against the Cardinals. The left-hander hasn't lost since June 20.
Aug 8 - 9:16 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed four earned runs in three innings but the Pirates beat the Dodgers on Saturday.

Liriano gave up runs in the first, second, and third innings in what could have been a disastrous outing. But he helped his own cause with a three-run jack -- Liriano's first career home run -- and the Pittsburgh bullpen again pitched brilliantly. Liriano will bring a 3.13 ERA and 1.11 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Mets.
Aug 8 - 7:56 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday that he plans for Francisco Liriano to start as scheduled on Saturday despite Monday's rainout.

Liriano threw just two innings in the rain-shortened contest, but Hurdle will give the left-hander his normal four days of rest despite the abbreviated outing. "I doubt we'll put him in place earlier," Hurdle said. "That's a guy three weeks removed from a neck injury. I think we'll just stay right on time with him."
Aug 4 - 9:56 PM

Francisco Liriano struck out 11 while allowing one run and three hits in six innings Thursday in a victory over the Nationals.

That's five straight quality starts for Liriano. All of those have resulted in Pirates victories, though Liriano himself has only gotten credit for two of the wins. He's just 6-6 on the year, but it comes with a 2.91 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.
Jul 23 - 10:39 PM

Francisco Liriano (neck) is expected to make his next scheduled start Thursday versus the Nationals.

Liriano was a late scratch Saturday in Milwaukee after experiencing tightness in his neck, but he made it through a side session Monday without issue. The veteran left-hander boasts a 2.98 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 125/39 K/BB ratio in 114 2/3 innings this season.
Jul 21 - 6:00 PM

Francisco Liriano has been scratched from his scheduled start Saturday versus the Brewers with neck tightness.

The scratch was announced just minutes before the scheduled first pitch in Milwaukee. Vance Worley will start against the Brew Crew instead. It's a tough change of plans for the Bucs, who are trying to chase down the Cardinals in the National League Central. Liriano will presumably be feeling better by early next week.
Jul 18 - 7:08 PM

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