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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Liriano’s struggles continue in loss to Cardinals | TribLIVE

Liriano and the Pirates catchers aren’t doing too well.

The Pirates pushed back Liriano’s start to Saturday, in part to allow him extra time to work on fixing some mechanical issues with pitching coach Ray Searage. Liriano entered with an unsightly 5.25 ERA, which was actually third best among Pirates starters.

Searage said he saw progress from Liriano in bullpen work over the last week. He said the focus was slowing down his “front-side” energy — in essence, Liriano was getting too quick in his delivery, making his timing and release point “erratic.”

But he was still not all the way back in dominant form. Liriano was outpitched by Carlos Martinez, who limited the Pirates to one run and five hits in 8 1⁄3 innings. He threw 122 pitches, and most were of high quality. He hit 100 mph.

“I feel a lot better than last time,” Liriano said. “The (rhythm) is getting better. … I’m trying to stay calm, not trying to do too much.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
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