Liriano dominates Cubs as Pirates win eighth straight game (VIDEO)
SEP 26, 4:33p ET | AP
Rotowire: Aug 6 / 9:11a ET
News: Bastardo earned his third victory of the season Wednesday with a one-pitch effort against the Cubs.
Impact: He retired pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan on a grounder to first base. The Pirates haven't been able to improve Bastardo's control. After posting an 81:34 K:BB in 64 innings for the Phillies in 2014, the lefty has compiled just a 31:19 mark in 33 frames this season, and his WHIP has increased accordingly, from 1.20 to 1.42. As a result, he's on pace to record a career low in holds -- he has just five in 40 games.
Rotowire: Jul 9 / 2:24a ET
News: Bastardo earned his first save of the year Wednesday, striking out two batters while walking one in a 22-pitch, scoreless ninth inning against the Padres.
Impact: With the Pirates holding a three-run lead and both Mark Melancon and Tony Watson having pitched the night before, Bastardo got the call to nail down the win. Bastardo worked around a leadoff walk, striking out Melvin Upton and Will Middlebrooks before inducing a groundball from Derek Norris to end the contest. The 29-year-old Bastardo has now made a scoreless appearance in nine of his last 10 chances on the mound.