After a disappointing series against the St. Louis Cardinals, the pressure was on the Pittsburgh Pirates to finish the regular season strong against the Cincinnati Reds this weekend at PNC Park. The Chicago Cubs trailed the Bucs by just two games in the race to host the Wild Card game, but two victories this weekend would guarantee a Wednesday night showdown on the North Shore.
The Reds and Pirates battled well into the night, and Starling Marte’s two-run homerun in the bottom of the 12th sent the home team to a 6-4 victory. With the win, the Pirates magic number to host the Wild Card game is down to just one.
Neither starter was all that impressive tonight. Francisco Liriano lasted just five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while Keyvius Sampson gave up four runs on three hit...Read More