Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pittsburgh Pirates Win First Playoff Game in 21 Years

It's been a long time coming for the Pittsburgh Pirates. It has been over two decades in fact; 21 years since the Pittsburgh Pirates have won a post season game.

Yes, I used the past tense on purpose.

The Pirates beat their division rival, the Cincinnati Reds, 6-2 in the National League wild card game Tuesday night. 

Marlon Byrd got the scoring started with a solo shot in the second followed up a couple batters later by Russell Martin's solo shot to give Pittsburgh an early 2-0 lead.

Pedro Alvarez hit a sacrifice fly in the third that scored Andrew McCutcheon for what ended up being the go ahead score. The Reds couldn't get on the board till the fourth inning thanks to a Jay Bruce single, but the Pirates countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to give the team a little more room.

Just like the regular season, this game was not all about the offense. Pitcher Francisco Liriano turned in a stellar performance scattering four hits over seven innings along with five strikeouts; Bruce's RBI was the only run he allowed.

''We didn't talk about one and done, we talked about one and run,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''Win one and run to St. Louis.''

Game 1 of their NLDS series with the St. Louis Cardinals starts at 5:07 PM ET on Thursday.

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