Reds didn't choke, Pirates and Liriano were just better

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Francisco Liriano shut down Cincinnati to lead Pittsburgh to its first NLDS appearance.

Francisco Liriano shut down Cincinnati to lead Pittsburgh to its first NLDS appearance.

Salazar is the rare starting pitcher who is capable of throwing 100 mph. But Cleveland kept training wheels on the 23-year-old righthander. He averaged five innings per start in his 10 big league starts and only once threw more than 89 pitches.