A record crowd of 40,487 filled PNC Park to capacity and watched as the Pirates defeated the Reds 6-2 Tuesday night in their first postseason game since 1992. The raucous home crowd taunted Reds starter Johnny Cueto from the moment he stepped on the mound with hockey-like “Cue-to, Cue-to,” chants.

The 27-year-old exited after surrendering four runs (three earned) on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings . Though Cueto and Dusty Baker wouldn’t credit the “10th man” in Pittsburgh, fans leaving the ballpark called into MLB Roundtrip on MLB Network Radio to take credit for the struggles of the Reds starter.

Prior to the matchup, Pirates relief pitcher Mark Melancon joined Casey Stern and Jim Bowden on Inside Pitch to preview the excitement in Pittsburgh.

I don’t always feel like home field advantage is as much as it’s talked up to be, but I think tonight it’s going to be a different story because of how excited this city is and how pumped up they’re going to be. It may give us a bigger advantage than most home field advantages.

Melancon’s teammate, second baseman Neil Walker, also chatted with Stern and Bowden about the playoff atmosphere in the Steel City.

I’ve seen the playoff atmosphere with football and with hockey, but I’ve never been to a Pirates playoff game at home. So I can only imagine what it will be like after seeing the other teams in Pittsburgh.

MLB Network Radio will have comprehensive coverage of the 2013 postseason through the last out of the World Series on Sirius channel 209 and XM channel 89.

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