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Liriano (12 7) struck out nine, giving him 200 on the year, and walked cheap mlb majestic jerseys three over 7 2/3 innings. cheap Jordy Mercer jersey had a three run homer off cheap Jason Hammel jersey (9 7), and the Pirates jerseys picked up their 95th victory, their highest total since 1992.
don think there any doubt that everybody who plays the game wants to play their best baseball at the end, manager Clint Hurdle said. something we talk about organizationally. leads Chicago by 5 1/2 games for the top wild card with a chance to complete a weekend sweep today. The Pirates jerseys then open a three game series Monday against St. Louis, the team they trailed by three games for the NL Central lead when the day began and still do at the moment.
Despite the loss, the Cubs jerseys had plenty to celebrate Saturday. They secured their first playoff appearance since 2008 Friday night when Oakland beat San Francisco, after enduring five straight losing seasons and a major overhaul under president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.
Fans cheered a pregame video tribute and players tipped their caps. The Cubs jerseys really cut loose after the game.
The smell of sparkling wine and the blaring music were impossible to miss in the clubhouse afterward.
Players and coaches went back onto the field and doused each other. Fans chanted you, Tom! Thank you, Tom! at a drenched chairman Tom Ricketts.
The last to leave the field was manager Joe Maddon, wearing a 2015 postseason cap and a towel draped around his neck. He waved to fans chanting Joe! Joe! as he exited.
guys deserve this, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. frankly, it would have been out of personality not to celebrate in a big way despite the circumstances. They deserve it. I proud of them. improved to 8 1 in his last 16 starts all but one wins for the Pirates jerseys.
He left with runners on first and second after walking cheap Kris Bryant jersey with two outs in the eighth. cheap Antonio Bastardo jersey then retired cheap Anthony Rizzo jersey on a flyball, and the Cubs jerseys were shut out for the 10th time.
Hammel allowed three runs and seven hits over four plus innings. He exited after giving up five consecutive hits to start the fifth, and the Pirates jerseys sent nine batters to the plate in the inning.
The big blow was Mercer three run drive to left his third homer after cheap Francisco Cervelli jersey and cheap Pedro Alvarez jersey opened it with singles. Two more singles by Liriano and cheap Starling Marte jersey chased Hammel, but Pittsburgh wasted a big opportunity to add to the lead.
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them credit, Maddon said. came to play, we came to play. They won. Let show up again tomorrow. ROOM
Pirates jerseys: RF cheap Gregory Polanco jersey was held out of the lineup. He had been bothered lately by a knee problem, although manager Clint Hurdle indicated it was just a day of rest.
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