Pittsburgh Pirates series takeaways vs. Minnesota Twins

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Jul 29, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (6) and third baseman Aramis Ramirez (17) celebrate after a home run by center fielder Andrew McCutchen (not pictured) in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Game Two: Francisco Liriano (6-6, 2.91ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (2-0, 2.60ERA)

Result: Pirates win 10-4

Winning Pitcher: Francisco Liriano (7-6, 2.92ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Ervin Santana (2-1, 3.78ERA)

  • What went right:
    • Jung-ho Kang continued his tear. Hitting his second home run in as many days. He went 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored on the day.
    • Andrew McCutchen broke out of his brief slump with a multi-hit effort. He went 2-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored.
    • Francisco Liriano had a pretty solid start. He battled through 5.2 innings, allowed three runs on 10 hits and struck out four.
    • Aramis Ramirez finally got his first hit in his second go around with the Pirates. He went 2-5 on the day.
  • What went wrong:
    • Gregory Polanco had to leave the game early with a knee injury.
    • Starling Marte had a pretty bad fielding error which alowed a run to score.
    • Antonio Bastardo walked two batters in a very brief 0.2 inning outing.
    • Miguel Sano had a multi-hit game. He went 2-4 with a walk and two RBI.

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