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Pirates homer twice in second inning to take early lead in National League Wild Card Game

Oct 1, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

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Pirates starter Francisco Liriano struck out Reds leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo on four pitches to open the game and then induced groundouts from Ryan Ludwick and Joey Votto for a quick, nine-pitch first inning. That set the early tone in this NL Wild Card Game at a fired-up and blacked-out PNC Park.

Liriano was even more dominant in the top of the second and the Pirates’ offense came alive against Reds starter Johnny Cueto in the bottom half of that frame with solo home runs from Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin. Near-constant chants of “Cue-to, Cue-to” are ringing through the PNC Park stands and the Reds righty sure looks rattled.

It’s a 2-0 lead for host Pittsburgh as we move to the top of the third inning.

  1. steelers88 - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Happy but still a long way to go.

  2. knicksmets - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Looks like the moves the pirates made are working out

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Martin and Bird raking a few and liriano pitching like an allstar. two were off season signings and the other was a nice trade. Big ups for the pirates making smart moves and rooting for them to make the distance!

  4. sfbookreviews - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Not a huge fan of chanting an opposing player’s name, it can backfire big time, but when Cueto dropped the ball and it rolled off the mound it sure seemed to be working.

  5. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    oh man reds were about a foot away from taking the lead…3 run shot was sooo close.

  6. hustleandflomax - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    We are happy for you, Pittsburgh, we really are…but the “Cueto” chants are a little overdone now.

  7. frosted21 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Yeah the Cueto chants kinda make the fans look like assholes

    • apkyletexas - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      They’re Yinzers – they can’t even pronounce “Cueto”.

      When Cueto dropped the ball, it reminded them of one of the many fumbles by their favorite target of abuse – former Steeler quarterback Kordell Stewart. They yelled the Yinzer version of his first name – “KERDELL!” “KERDELL!”

      • pens5829 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        Any Texas teams left?

      • apkyletexas - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        Don’t care. I live in Texas, but I’m from Yinzer-land and I’ve been a Bucs fan since the early 70’s.

    • Tyler - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Why so serious? Some of the fans in attendance have never even seen winning baseball. Others have waited a long, long time. Let them have some fun.

      In such a pivotal game, the more raucous the crowd, the better.

    • pens5829 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      21 years of no playoff baseball. Do you really think we give a rats @ss what you think?????

      LET’S GO BUCS!!!!!!

      • frosted21 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:49 PM

        yeah, i do, i think you give a rats @ass what I think


      • pens5829 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        Piss off troll.

  8. chill1184 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Byrd continues to be the word

    • ptfu - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:53 PM

  9. spacemaker101 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    The last name chant is wack haha

  10. Stiller43 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Well when people only have hockey (and football) to root for for 20 years, you get used to mocking the opposing goalie…it can transfer to the pitcher!

    Seriously, that chant starting, then him dropping the ball and the next pitch was for a dinger? Ass holes or not, it was awesome

  11. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    I might be in the minority but I love the chanting. it obviously got to cueto and it probally pumped up the pirates lineup. it goes to show you what home field advantage can really do. I can’t see one reds fan in that ball park. I honestly can’t

  12. prosourcetalk - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Cueto is a piece of shit, remember when he kicked that dude in the face?

    • jm91rs - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      No, no one remembers that.

  13. jre80 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Im a diehard cardinal fan so I hate cueto with a passion. I had no preference to who won last night but these threads I’m reading about these pirate fans are making them seem like a-holes. The phrase “act like u been there before” really don’t apply here but come on

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