Argh Mateys. This be Cap’n Hank Bloodbeard and for the first time in a long, long time the Pirates be ready to pillage and plunder the Senior Circuit. If’n it helps ye hate on the scurvy Reds remember they be the team o’ Pete Rose, a cut throat player who turned out to be so corrupt a Cap’n he’d bet agin’ his own side.

No Hall for you. Ever.

The Reds be takin’ the field first behind Johnny Cueto (5 – 2, 2.82 ERA R). He be better than he look, 8 – 2 at PNC Park, 7 – 2 with a 1.43 ERA in his last 12 starts agin’ the Pirates.

They be puttin’ up Francisco Liriano (16 – 8, 3.02 ERA L) who be vulnerable. Liriano went 0-3 in four starts against the Reds this season though lack of run support be a significant factor. But this be his home field, 8 – 1 with a 1.47 ERA in 11 starts at PNC Park. And the Pirates keelhauled Cincinnati on the final weekend of the season.

The Pirates be in the playoffs for the first time in 21 years. They have 20 straight losing seasons, longest among the four major professional sports. The Pirates went 50-31 at PNC Park this season 5 – 4 against the Reds.

The Reds be in the playoffs it for the third time in four years and are 13 – 7 against the Pirates in the postseason. They also took two of three at PNC Park in their last series there Sept. 20 – 22.

And ye think this not be a grudge match between ’em they plunked 28 batsmen this season.

The format o’ the game be rightly called… Sudden Death.

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Liriano pitching for the Pirates

Cozart grounded out, shortstop Barmes to first baseman Morneau.

Hanigan grounded out, third baseman P.Alvarez to first baseman Morneau.

Cueto grounded out to first baseman Morneau unassisted.

Cueto pitching for the Reds

McCutchen to 3rd

Alvarez hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder Choo, McCutchen scored. Byrd still on 1st

Barmes grounded into fielder’s choice to second baseman B.Phillips unassisted, Barmes to first, R.Martin out.

Liriano pitching for the Pirates

Choo to 2nd

Bruce singled to left, Choo scored, Ludwick to second.

Frazier struck out, catcher R.Martin to first baseman Morneau.

Cueto pitching for the Reds

Liriano grounded out to first baseman

Sean Marshall in for Cueto

Walker doubles. Marte scores

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Hoover in for Marshal

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Votto grounded out to first baseman Morneau unassisted, Ludwick to third.

Phillips grounded to 1st

Morneau grounded into a double play, third baseman Frazier to shortstop Cozart to first baseman Votto, N.Walker out.

This should be it.