PITTSBURGH - Pirates fans not only showed up to Tuesday night’s Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Reds, they also made a huge impact.
Chanting “Cueto…Cueto…Cueto…” Buccos fans seemingly shook Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto moments before Russell Martin hit the first of his two home runs.
"If our city ever thinks they don't make a difference, all they have to do is watch the tape from tonight's game," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said.
PNC Park was nothing short of “electric” and the players said they could feel every bit of the 40,487 fans in the stands -- the largest paid attendance in the history of PNC Park.
"This is what 21 years of frustration dressed in black looks like," said the announcer calling Tuesday's game.
Marlon Byrd connected and Andrew McCutchen had two hits and reached base four times for Pittsburgh.
"We're for real," McCutchen said. "We're definitely for real."
Russell Martin homered twice, Francisco Liriano was dominant for seven innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates roared past Cincinnati for a 6-2 victory in the NL wild-card game.
Following the win thousands of proud fans poured out of the park.
“It’s terrific. Just terrific,” one fan said with tears in his eyes. “I loved it. Even when they were losing I was a fan. Now I’m winning right along with them.”
Several people attending Tuesday’s game wore a shirt that said, “When you play Pittsburgh, you play the whole city.” We couldn’t agree more.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.