9 key moments from last night's Reds-Pirates NL Wild Card Game
The Pirates triumphed in the NL Wild Card Game on Tuesday, their first postseason victory since 1992. With seven strong innings from Francisco Liriano and three home runs, the team pulled off a decisive 6-2 win over the Reds and will face the Cardinals in St. Louis for Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday. Here's a quick recap:
In the bottom of the second, Marlon Byrd put the Bucs on the board with a home run in the first postseason at-bat of his career.
Russell Martin hit a solo homer in the same inning to boost Pittsburgh to an early 2-0 lead.
... but not before the chants of a sellout PNC Park crowd rattled Johnny Cueto into dropping the ball on the mound.
Speaking of the fans, they brought it. You couldn't look far without seeing the Jolly Roder waving proudly in the wind.
Todd Frazier dove over a railing to make an unbelievable inning-ending catch, but there was no slowing the Pirates' momentum.
Shin-Soo Cho went yard in the eighth, and after review, the home run stood as called. But the four-run deficit was too much for Cincinnati to overcome.
After Zack Cosart grounded to second for the final out of the game, it was time for Pittsburgh to celebrate. One outfielder was so excited that he lost his shoe, to Cutch's delight.
[Outfielder loses shoe GIF]
Though nobody was as thrilled as the Pirate Parrot himself.
[Pirate parrot waving flag]
Damn, it feels good to be a Bucco.