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, Pittsburgh 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 how it went down:
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 12-year 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 Roger 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 Cozart grounded to second for the final out of the game, it was time for Pittsburgh to celebrate. Starling Marte was so excited that he lost his shoe, to Cutch's delight.
Though nobody was as thrilled as the Pirate Parrot himself.
It felt good to be a Bucco.