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.
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.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.