Pirates fans rattle Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto by chanting ‘Cu-eto,’ then Russell Martin homers off him

Big League Stew

Think the fans in Pittsburgh are psyched to see postseason baseball in their city for the first time in 21 years? Oh yeah. And for proof look no further than the second inning of Tuesday night's NL wild-card game.

After Marlon Byrd put the Pirates on the board with a solo homer, the home fans sensed a chance to rattle Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto. They began chanting "Cue-to, Cue-to." With Russell Martin at the plate and the chants getting louder around PNC Park, Cueto stood on the mound, preparing to throw a pitch. Then, as if the sell-out crowd had willed it out of his hand, Cueto dropped the ball.

The fans, of course, let him hear it even more. And then Martin made him feel it. Martin smashed Cueto's next pitch over the left-field wall for another solo homer that put the Pirates up 2-0.

Cueto allowed two more hits (including one to pitcher Francisco Liriano), but escaped the inning without letting another run cross home plate. The "Cue-to" chant continued into the next inning as the Pirates tacked on another run to go up 3-0.

As Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan — who is at PNC Park — imagines, the chant is something Cueto better be prepared to hear again in the future.

Cueto was pulled from the game in the bottom of the fourth inning with the Pirates up 3-1. He gave up seven hits and three runs (two earned) and didn't strike out a batter.

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