PITTSBURGH - Buc-kle up baby!
After a 21-year absence from post-season play — they last were in the playoffs in 1992 — the Pittsburgh Pirates moved on to a division round matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night with a convincing 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
It was pure bedlam at beautiful PNC Park and the Pirates rode an emotional wave to victory. It was a right and just result and it would have been cruel to see the club go one-and-done such a lengthy playoff drought.
The Reds didn’t offer much in the way of opposition as they were held to four hits by Bucs starter Francisco Liriano over his seven innings and were sloppy in the field.
The PNC record crowd of 40,487 was jacked up and almost all were donned in black. By the time the first pitched arrived at 8:06, they were hoarse from their constant cheering and flag waving.
It was a festive scene with hundreds squeezed along the railing of the Roberto Clemente bridge that spans the Allegheny River just beyond centre field, taking in the action.