Hundreds of Pirates fans stood, twirled their towels and chanted "Let's Go Bucs!" as Jay Bruce hit a grounder for the final out, setting up a playoff game in Pittsburgh.
Baseball, this time.
Neil Walker hit two of Pittsburgh's six homers -- its biggest power surge in six years -- and the Pirates clinched home-field advantage for the NL's wild card playoff game by beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 Saturday.
Pittsburgh will host the Reds on Tuesday night in the Pirates' first playoff appearance in 21 years. Pittsburgh went 50-31 at PNC Park, the third-best home record in the NL, and wanted to make that long-awaited playoff return at home.
They got what they wanted. The postseason will start at PNC Park.
"It's going to be a really exciting time," Walker said. "Something a lot of people haven't experienced with Pirate baseball. I imagine it's going to be Steeler-esque on Tuesday."
The Reds will go with Johnny Cueto (5-2) in the one-game playoff against left-hander Francisco Liriano ...