Pirates defeat Reds
|Game||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|1||Oct. 1||PIT 6||CIN 2|
Managers: Hurdle, Clint, PIT; Baker, Dusty, CIN
Path to the NL Wild Card: Pittsburgh (94-68) finished three games behind St. Louis in the NL Central; Cincinnati (90-72) finished seven games back in the NL Central
This marked the Pirates' first postseason appearance since 1992 -- a frustrating three-decade hiatus. It was also the first time in Major League history that three teams from the same division went to the postseason.
And for the first time in the four initial occurrences of Major League Baseball's Wild Card Game format, the home team won and advanced to the Division Series.
Reds manager Dusty Baker started Johnny Cueto for the Reds despite the right-hander having made only 11 starts (5-2, 2.82 ERA) during the regular season due to injuries. Cueto was greeted by a capacity crowd at PNC Park that was releasing that pent-up emotion. Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin each hit solo homers off Cueto in the second inning, and that only fueled the fans' energy.
The Pirates never trailed, and Francisco Liriano got the win after scattering four hits over seven innings of one-run ball. Ryan Ludwick had half of Cincinnati's six hits, including a pair of doubles.