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ANIMAL'S STARS FOR WILD CARD 10/01
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Author:  Animal [ Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:20 am ]
Post subject:  ANIMAL'S STARS FOR WILD CARD 10/01

Playoffs are here. Time to dust off Animal's Stars. We are not going to NEED any goats!

AWESOME, AMAZING GAME...Will give a full report of my observations after this post.

STARTER: Francisco Liriano was GREAT. 7 innings. Just 4 hits, 1 BB and 1 HBP. 5 K's. 1 Earned Run. He was in command from the start, with just 8 pitches in the first, 12 in the second, and 7 in the third, putting 9 up and 9 down.

WIN: Liriano gets the win, 1.0, 1.29 ERA in what we all hope is the first of many great postseason starts for the Bucs.

Honorable Mention: Marlon Byrd went 1-4 with a HR that got us going and 2 RBI. He got a easy RBI on a grounder to second that should have been a DP, but Phillips was going to be a hot dog as always and messed it up. Starling Marte went 2-5 and scored a run. Neil Walker went 2-5, with a double (against a lefty too), scored a run and drove in a run. Pedro gets an HM for coming through with a SF to score a run in what was still a tight ballgame at that point! Jason Grilli gets an HM too. It was not a save situation, but he came in and made very easy work of the Reds in the 9th to preserve the victory. And finally, an honorable mention goes out to the 10th man, the PNC Park crowd....the most amazing crowd I have EVER seen at a Pirates game.

Star #3: Cutch got on base 4 times, with 2 singles and 2 BBs, one intentional. He almost made an unbelievable catch in the 8th.

Star #2: Russell Martin. Solid behind the plate and working the pitcher as always. The man with the cold, cold bat for the better part of a couple months, hits two solo HR's, including a monster shot in the 7th to add an insurance run. He also had a single to go 3-4. On an ordinary night, he probably could have been the #1 star, but this was no ordinary night.

Star # 1: Liriano gets a clean sweep in this one. Not only was he awesome on the mound, he made at least one or two great defensive plays. He also had a hit and a sac bunt

STAR POINTS
Liriano 8
Martin 2
Cutch 1
Byrd .5
Marte .5
Waker .5
Pedro .5
Grilli .5
PNC Crowd .5

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