Francisco Liriano is now 8-3 with a fantastic 2.20 ERA. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

This is under "Pirates Game Recaps," so allow me to recap by saying this was a great victory by the Pirates on both sides to get back on the winning side 6-2. If you are looking for more details because you didn't watch the game and had other duties on Friday, neither did I. So we're in the same boat.

So let's talk about Francisco Liriano, who worked his way to the first complete game of the Pirates' season. After Liriano's season debut nearly two months ago, in which he got 18 whiffs and 9 strikeouts, I said this: "If the Pirates make a run for the playoffs, it will be because Francisco Liriano is at least a shade of the dominant pitcher he once was."

Looks like I was wrong. Liriano is not a shade...

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