All the doubt created by the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ 9-1 drubbing by the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of their NLDS series was erased on Friday when Pittsburgh returned the favor. Clutch hitting by Pedro Alvarez and superb pitching from Gerrit Cole made believers out of all the underdog fans once again and now the win sets up a pivotal Game 3 in the Steel City, where you can bet the atmosphere will be electric.
The last time a playoff baseball game was played in Pittsburgh was the 1992 NLCS. The game was played at Three Rivers Stadium and the Pirates’ manager was Jim Leyland. If that doesn’t give you an idea of how fired up the Bucs’ fans will be for Games 3 and 4 in Pittsburgh, nothing will.
To top things off for the Pirates, Francisco Liriano will be on the hill in Game 3 after his masterful performance against the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Wild Card game. So that will give Pittsburgh fans another reason to scream their brains out when their team takes the field at PNC Park. With all the cards stacked in their favor, the Bucs have lots of reason to be excited for the remainder of the NLDS. In other words, Cardinals fans should be worried.