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PNC crowd lives up to billing, Cardinal players love the noise

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) -- They started before he even threw one pitch.  And they didn't let up the entire time he was in the game. 40,489 fans dressed in black shouted "Kelllllllllllly, Kelllllllllly" at Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly each and every time he was on that mound.

How did he react to it?  Well, not only the Cards starter not mind the crowd, he loved every second of it.

"It was fun," said Kelly. "It was one of the most fun games I've ever pitched in.  It was very exciting."

Even though the Cardinals didn't win they knew full well the city of Pittsburgh was going to erupt. It's been two decades since they not only have seen a Pirates team make the postseason.  But it's been two decades since they've seen a winning team at all.

"It's fun when you play in a hostile environment like that," Daniel Descalso said. "Their fans did a great job."

"Playoff games are always exciting when the fans are really into it," Carlos Beltran said. "Here it was very loud and very fun for them.  It doesn't really bother me.  I think it's good for baseball when the fans come to the ballpark and really enjoy themselves.  They're rooting for their team so I think it's really good for baseball."

The chanting of the Kelly's last name was not the end of their attempted harassment.  They gave the same treatment to relievers Carlos Martinez and Seth Maness.  It all started last Tuesday when fans chanted "Cuetttttto, Cuettttttto" at Reds starter Johnny Cueto. 

One would suspect to hear a lot of "Wacccccha, Wacccccha" tomorrow in Game 4 to try and get under the skin of rookie Cards starter Michael Wacha.

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