With a fifth-inning strikeout of Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson, Pirates starter Francisco Liriano became the third Pirates starter to reach double-digit strikeouts in their weekend series. As the club’s Twitter pointed out, it’s the first time since September 1969 that three consecutive Pirates starters struck out 10-plus. The Pirates won 9-1 on Sunday to finish off a series sweep.
Here’s how the starters fared over the weekend:
- Gerrit Cole, Friday: 8.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 10 K
- A.J. Burnett, Saturday: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
- Francisco Liriano, Sunday: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 K
- Total: 21.1 IP, 3 R (2 ER; 0.84 ERA), 3 BB, 32 K
With the sweep, the Pirates move to 21-22 and remain relevant in the NL Central. They’ll host the floundering Marlins for a three-game set starting Monday before heading out West on a road trip.