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Reds get on the board but Pirates open even bigger lead in National League Wild Card Game

Oct 1, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

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Reds slugger Jay Bruce was 0-for-11 against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano entering this National League Wild Card Game and struck out on three straight sliders in his first meeting Tuesday night against the left-hander, but Bruce got Cincinnati its first run of the night with an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning after Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a Liriano pitch and Ryan Ludwick slapped a single.

Reds starter Johnny Cueto was lifted by manger Dusty Baker in the bottom of the fourth following a one-out double by Starling Marte and left-handed reliever Sean Marshall could not erase that threat, yielding an RBI double to the Steel City’s hometown hero, Neil Walker. Marshall then issued an intentional walk to Andrew McCutchen and a base-on-balls to Justin Morneau. Cincy turned next to right-hander JJ Hoover, who surrendered the Pirates’ fifth run of the game when Brandon Phillips botched what should have been an inning-ending doubleplay.

Pittsburgh is on top 5-1 as this NL Wild Card Game moves to the top of the fifth.

  1. thomas844 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    I have never seen a crowd more hungry than these Pittsburgh fans are tonight. Sure, they are a bit obnoxious, but I gotta give them props. I’ve never seen this much passion during a baseball game before.

  2. Stiller43 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    I only see obnoxious is youre the “get off my lawn” type.

    Otherwise, what are they doing thats so offensive? Rooting for their team? Theyre not being vulgar or anything

    • thomas844 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      I never said the crowd was bad or offensive. I just think the chanting of every Reds pitcher’s name got a little obnoxious. It was fun the first couple innings, but wore out it’s welcome after that.

  3. steelers88 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    PNC Park went from one the worst atmospheres in baseball to one of the best. This Pirates crowd is insane! This crowd isn’t a baseball crowd it’s a Football or soccer crowd! The Pirates might actually have the best home field advantages in baseball.

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    it is now 6-1 and Russel martin blasted another. from our hated announcer to your pirates team. RUSSEL GIVES IT SOME MUSCLE! HOMERUUUUUUN.

  5. Stiller43 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Your opinion. Mine is different.

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