Looking ahead: What's at stake for the Pirates
CINCINNATI — The Pirates' 8-3 victory Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds ensured that playoff baseball will return to Pittsburgh.
The win clinched home-field advantage for the Pirates against the Reds in the National League wild-card game at 8 p.m. Tuesday at PNC Park.
“The important part is getting these guys home, playing in a park where we've won 50 games and giving our fans a taste of postseason baseball,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “That's significant.”
The Pirates are 50-31 at PNC Park and 43-37 on the road. The Reds are 41-41 on the road.
It will be the first postseason game in Pittsburgh since Oct. 11, 1992.
The winner of the wild-card game will advance to the best-of-five National League Division Series, which begins Thursday. The wild-card winner will play Games 1 and 2 of the NLDS on the road against league's top seed — either the Atlanta Braves or St. Louis Cardinals.
If the Pirates make it to the NLDS, they will host games Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 (if necessary).
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