Pittsburgh’s slow start to the season is quickly fading into the rearview mirror.
The Pirates can thank their starting pitchers for the turnaround.
Pittsburgh Pirates completed their first sweep in Arizona with an 8-0 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
”We’re playing better baseball and it continues to start with our mound work,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
Gerrit Cole and A.J. Burnett got the Pirates rolling in the series with quality starts the first two games.
Liriano (1-1) had trouble with fastball command in his 200th career start and walked six. He offset the walks with seven strikeouts and allowed two hits in 6 1-3 innings, giving him wins against 29 of the 30 teams in the majors.The Pirates gave him some rare support, too.
Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run single off Jeremy Hellickson (1-3) in the first inning and Neil Walker added a two-run double off the right-hander in the fifth. Gregory Polanco had three of Pittsburgh’s 14 hits and scored three runs. Walker also had three hits, finishing the series 7 for 12.
Pittsburgh has won five straight and eight of 10.
”We’re in a good place right now,” said Liriano, who has never faced Miami. ”We keep playing hard, taking it one game at a time, and pretty comfortable right now.”