Found October 01, 2013 on The Sports Post:
The Pirates haven't hosted a playoff game since 1992. For Pirates fans, the excruciating wait comes to an end tonight as their hometown club plays host to the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Wild Card elimination game.  All it took was winning 8-3 on Saturday against, you guessed it, the Cincinnati Reds. After securing their first winning season and playoff appearance in 21 years, can the Pirates make their playoff dream last more than one game? The rise to success had been building for the Pirates over the last three seasons, but major second-half collapses occurred in 2011 and 2012. This year, Hurdle and company finally righted the ship (couldn't avoid that one). They went on to win 94 games and finished 2nd in the NL Central, just 3 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. How? Through a healthy dose of pitching, pitching, timely hitting, and more pitching. Their team ERA of 3.25 ranks 3rd in all of baseball, while their opponents are only hitting .238 against the...
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