PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Pirates and their fans have been waiting for the return of postseason baseball for a long time. Tonight, the wait comes to an end.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will play host to the Cincinnati Reds in the first playoff game to be held in PNC Park’s history.
Starting at 4 p.m. many activities kicked off along Federal Street and fans fortunate enough to get into the park will get a post-season rally towel.
The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by 1991 Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek.
Andrew McCutchen’s mother will also be singing the National Anthem.
The Pirates are calling for a blackout at PNC Park tonight and lots of Bucco fans were showing up in their black shirt. Commonwealth Press has been churning out “Black Aht” shirts that say “We are all in this together,” on the back.
By 6 p.m., fans were already filing into PNC Park, eager to find a spot where they could see any action.
“If we win, I’m getting Clint a big box of gum, chewing gum,” one fan said.
Tonight’s pitching battle will see Francisco Liriano (16-8, 3.02 ERA) take on Johnny Cueto (5-2, 2.82 ERA).
Liriano was spectacular at PNC Park this season by posting an 8-1 record to go along with a 1.47 ERA.
The first pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. and you can watch the game on TBS.