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NL Wild Card Pirates vs. Reds: Live Analysis and Reactions

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 27: Pedro Alvarez
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Cody EContributor IIIOctober 1, 2013

The Cincinnati Reds traveled to Pittsburgh Oct. 1st to take on the Pirates in the National League wild-card game. 

The Pirates swept the Reds to end the regular season and finished with an impressive 94-68 record. The season marked the Pirates first winning season since 1992. 

Mat Latos was supposed to take the mound for Cincinnati in the do-or-die contest, but due to bone chips in his elbow, the Reds started Johnny Cueto. In his last two starts, Cueto been been sharp, allowing only two earned runs over 12 innings. However, Cueto got into trouble early and allowed the Pittsburgh bats to get going. 

Interestingly, Cueto was also Cincinnati's Opening Day Starter. I'll defer to the superstition aficionados on that one. 

Pittsburgh started Francisco Liriano who was spectacular at home this year. While on the bump at PNC Park, Liriano went 8-1 with an 1.74 ERA this season. Liriano stayed true to form and led the Pirates to a 6-2 win, earning them a series with the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS.

Follow the action here, as it happened in Pittsburgh. 

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