Liriano, who was the
The great stop by Liriano came when the Cubs'
The play was similar to a catch he made last season with the Chicago White Sox against the Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer, when Liriano began to duck away from Hosmer's broken bat flying toward him and snagged a grounder.
Liriano, a 29-year-old from the Dominican Republic, had only two winning seasons -- 6-4 in 2008 and 14-10 in 2010 -- after his rookie year. He missed the entire 2007 season and made only 14 starts in 2008 after injuring his elbow at the end of the 2006 season and undergoing ligament replacement surgery.
The Pirates and Liriano, who now has an ERA of 2.20, are enjoying a resurgence this season. Pittsburgh has the best record in baseball at 53-32.