Pirates, Liriano wasteful in interleague downer

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Gregory Polanco's trots around the bases after a home run in the first inning. -- GETTY

Forget the $13 million salary, if you can. Francisco Liriano's season has been a waste in more than the fiduciary sense.

For as poor as his results have been -- his 5.38 ERA is third-worst in the majors among qualifying starting pitchers -- the quality of Liriano's pitches remains as sharp as ever, even in his 11th season. His 13 strikeouts last Thursday against the Brewers supported that statement.

But instead of being a breakthrough that led into a groove, Liriano's 2016 peak was just the precursor to another dip in the Pirates' 7-4 Tuesday loss to the Mariners at PNC Park.

"Sometimes you feel too good and you want to do too much," Liriano explained, emphasized a familiar talking point for him. "You rush and you try to do more than what you have that night. The ball (was) coming out well, and I felt strong."