Francisco Liriano picked up where he left off during the NL Wild Card game, striking out leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter with a devastating slider. The southpaw followed with two groundouts to wrap up a clean frame.
Pittsburgh jumped over Joe Kelly in the top of the first. Kelly retired the first two hitters of the game, but surrendered a two-out walk to Andrew McCutchen. Justin Morneau then hit a groundball that ricocheted off Kelly towards Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma. Kozma hurried his throw and tossed it away from Matt Adams, allowing McCutchen to advance to third and Morneau to second.
The crowd at PNC Park really started to get into the game after the Byrd single:
Marlon Byrd with a two-run single to left. This place is going absolutely nuts. Again.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 6, 2013
Liriano tossed a second straight perfect inning, earning his second strikeout of the game against Freese. Kelly issued a two-out walk to Liriano, but otherwise worked a clean bottom half of the second.