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1960 Revisited - July 4   
By Bobster
July 4, 1960

July 4, 1960--- The N.L.ís two top teams battled it out in Milwaukee. The first-place Pirates (44-28) and second-place Braves (40-31) split a July 4th doubleheader in Milwaukee to keep the Braves 3Ĺ games behind. The Pirates appeared to have game 1 under control with Bob Friend on the mound and a 6-1 lead in the 7th inning. A double by Stuart in the 3rd inning after a Virdon single had given the Bucs a 1-0 lead. In the 5th, Virdon singled and scored on Groatís double. Groat then scored on Skinnerís 2-run HR to make it 4-0. The Braves got an unearned run in the bottom of the 6th when Del Crandall doubled and scored on an error by Groat. Leading 4-1 in the 7th, Stuart followed a walk to Skinner with a HR to make it 6-1. But the Braves got 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th on a triple by Aaron, 2 singles and a sac fly to make it 6-3. Aaronís 2-run HR in the 8th made it 6-5 as Green and then Face relieved Friend. The Braves tied the score at 6-6 when Crandall homered off Face in the bottom of the 9th. In the bottom of the 10th, Face walked Eddie Mathews, who then stole second. Mathews scored the winning run in the 7-6 game when Al Spangler singled against Face (5-4). Warren Spahn (7-5), who just two days earlier had started and pitched 8 innings for the Braves, pitched 3 innings in relief of Lew Burdette to get the win. Bill Virdon (.241) had 3 hits for the Pirates. Stuart (.248) had 2 hits and 3 RBIs.

Game 1 Starting lineup: Virdon CF, Groat SS, Skinner LF, Stuart 1B, Clemente RF, Smith C, Hoak 3B, Mazeroski 2B, Friend.

The Bucs struck quickly in game 2, getting 3 runs off Joey Jay (2-4) before he was relieved by George Brunet. Jay walked Virdon, Skinner and Nelson to load the basses in the first inning and then gave up a 2-run double to Burgess. Hoak then drew the fourth walk of the inning against Jay, and the Braves changed pitchers. George Brunet issued a bases loaded walk to Schofield, the first batter he faced to make it 3-0 before striking out Haddix. The Bucs had scored 3 runs on one hit and 5 walks. But the Braves came right back in the bottom of the first with 2 runs against Harvey Haddix, highlighted by an Aaron double. The Pirates made it a 5-2 game with 2 runs off Brunet in the 2nd on doubles by Groat and Skinner and a single by Cimoli. The Bucs added a run in the 6th when Groat singled, took second on a ground out and scored on Nelsonís single to make it 6-2. The Bucs made it 7-2 in the 9th when Nelson walked, took third on Cimoliís single and scored on a sac fly by Burgess. Haddix coasted over the final 8 innings.

Lew Burdette, who started game 1 and pitched 6 innings, entered game 2 as a reliever in the 5th inning and pitched 3 more innings, giving up a run in the 6th. Don McMahon went the final 2 innings for the Braves. Haddix (5-4) got his 2nd complete game of the year, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and 5 walks with 6 Ks. Gino Cimoli (.322) had 3 hits for Pittsburgh while Groat (.330) and Burgess (.301) had 2 hits each. Burgess also had 3 RBIs. The total of 52 RBIs between the platooning catchers, Burgess (22) and Smith (30), was 1 less than team leader Clemente (53). Dick Schofield was given a rare start as Mazeroski was rested in the 2nd game of the doubleheader. Schofield (.269) was hitless in 3 at bats with an RBI (his first of the season).

Game 2 Starting lineup: Virdon CF, Groat SS, Skinner LF, Nelson 1B, Cimoli RF, Burgess C, Hoak 3B, Schofield 2B, Haddix P.

Warren Spahn was 39 years old in 1960. He would start 33 games for the Braves during the season and relieve in another 7 games. He would pitch a total of 267.2 innings. And win 21 games. Lew Burdette, at age 33, would start 32 games and relieve in another 13. He would pitch 275.2 innings in 1960 and win 19 games. Manager Chuck Dressen did not appear worried about overusing his start pitchers. To say the least. The top 6 in innings pitched in the NL in 1960 would be Larry Jackson with 282 (age 29, St.L), Bob Friend (age 29) and Burdette tied with 275.2), Law with 271.2 (age 30), Don Drysdale at 269 (age 23, LA), and Spahn with 267.2. Of that group, only Law would never appear in relief and only Friend would have as few as 1 relief appearance.

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