Saturday, March 21, 2015

End 4: Pirates 0, Red Sox 0

In his first start since being named the Pirates' Opening Day starter, Francisco Liriano mixed dominance with wildness and has Pittsburgh tied with the Red Sox after four innings.

The starting pitcher struck out six batters in four innings, but also walked three and hit one before departing. Still, the lefty limited any of the damage he brought upon himself and the Pirates are tied with Boston, 0-0.

And while the Sox haven't been able to put much together on offense, Pittsburgh had done even less until the fourth inning. Catcher Francisco Cervelli walked with one out in the second inning for the Pirates first baserunner and he was wiped out a batter later when utility man Sean Rodriguez grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Finally, in the fourth, Pittsburgh mounted a threat. Second baseman Neil Walker finally broke through for Pittsburgh's first hit on a single to left off Red Sox starting pitcher Wade Miley, who then hit slugger Corey Hart. After Cervelli beat out an infield single to third that loaded the bases, though, Rodriguez grounded out keep the game scoreless.

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