Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano had been getting it done on the mound, entering his against the Dodgers with a 2.92 ERA and a 140/42 K/BB ratio in 126 1/3 innings. He contributed in a new way — with the bat — on Saturday.
Liriano had taken 171 plate appearances in his career and registered only 13 hits, all of them singles. He used to put in literally zero effort into his at-bats, as Deadspin captured here.
He broke his extra-base hitless and homerless streak with one swing of the bat, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead in the second inning against Mat Latos. It was an opposite field shot that just escaped a leaping Scott Van Slyke in left field.
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Things weren’t going quite as smoothly on the mound, as the Dodgers clobbered him for four runs on seven hits and two walks in his three innings of work. The Pirates still pulled out a 6-5 victory.
Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.
Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.
Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:
“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”