Jeff Samardzija was just about as good as a starter can be tonight (he loves him some Pirates), but Francisco Liriano was apparently better. If you judged by the Cubs’ at bats tonight against the lefty, he is in Cy Young form this year.

The epitaph for the evening will stand as the third inning, in which the Cubs loaded the bases with nobody out … and failed to score a run. The 9th inning included the obligatory tease (two on, one out).

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