Playoff baseball is coming back to Pittsburgh for the first time in 21 years. And it's coming to PNC Park for the first time.

The Pirates' 8-3 victory against the Reds Saturday secured home-field advantage in the wild-card game to be played Tuesday night. And though the team downplayed the importance of a playoff game at PNC Park heading into this critical three-game series against Cincinnati they embraced the idea after their win Saturday.

"I think [Saturday] showed how bad we wanted to go home" said Andrew McCutchen who hit one of the team's six homers in the win.

After clinching their 82nd win and their postseason berth on the road this wild-card game will give the city a chance to celebrate.

"I think it's huge" reliever Tony Watson said. "I know we're all excited to get it back to Pittsburgh so we can play in front of our fans. We clinched in Chicago and we haven't been back since. They can enjoy it with us."

It will be the 44th postseason game to be played in Pittsburgh; the Pirates are 20-23 in home playoff games in franchise history.

Their record on the road though is worse: 20-26.

The Pirates aren't scared off by recent history in which both home teams lost last season in the inaugural wild-card games.

"The important part for me is getting these guys home to play in a park where we won 50 games and giving our fans a taste of postseason baseball" manager Clint Hurdle said. "That's significant for me."
The Reds are 49-30 this season at Great American Ball Park and 41-41 on the road. They will finish the season with 82 road games and 80 home games after agreeing to play a postponed home game in San Francisco for scheduling purposes.