After dropping a three-game series against the Phillies, the Pirates traveled out to the Windy City to meet the Cubs. Here are some highlights of Friday’s victory…

- Francisco Liriano was brilliant all day long. He went the distance, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out seven. The only blemish was a two-run home run hit by Scott Hairston in the second inning. He got the job done at the plate (1-for-3, RBI single, walk, sacrifice bunt) and also made a slick between-the-legs pick with his glove in the final frame.

- The Bucco offense really got to Jeff Samardzija: five runs on nine hits over six innings.

- Everyone in the lineup except for Jordy Mercer collected a hit on Friday afternoon, though Jordy walked three times (twice intentionally). Starling Marte (3-for-6), Garrett Jones (2-for-4), and Jose Tabata (2-for-5) enjoyed multi-hit games. The club also knocked three triples, off the bats of Neil Walker, Jones, and Tabata.

- Marte swiped two bags; JonesĀ and Andrew McCutchen executed a first-and-third double steal that resulted in Cutch stealing home.

- Russell Martin continued to show off his cannon of an arm, picking Starlin Castro off second base.

- ROOT reporter Robby Incmikoski was yelled at by a Wrigley Field usher while trying to interview Clint Hurdle‘s dad:

- Final: Pittsburgh 6, Chicago 2

Pirates (53-32) – Cubs (36-48)

Win: Liriano (8-3)
Loss: Samardzija (5-8)

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  1. Adam on July 7, 2013

    Good for the usher. Fail by the broadcaster to bully the usher and make him feel bad for doing his job by pointing out that he was being televised. I like how the producers did not want the televised portion to be seen if any of the spectators were in the shot. How intrusive! There is a reason the media have their own section. Wrigley and the Cubs fans get enough flack because the everyone goes to have fun (heaven forbid) that haters actually say there are no baseball fans. This goes to show you people do care about watching the game. Suck it Robby whatever your last name is…

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