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1960 Revisited - July 5   
By Bobster

July 5, 1960---Smoky Burgess began a 2-game suspension for bumping an umpire during an argument on July 2nd. Vern Law and Carl Willey matched scoreless innings until the Braves broke through with a run in the 5th when Willey tripled and scored on a sac fly. With Fred Green on the mound in the 8th, the Braves scored again to make it 2-0. Meanwhile, Willey had blanked the Pirates on 6 hits after 8 innings. Trailing 2-0, Rocky Nelson led off the top of the 9th with his 4th HR of the season to make it a 2-1 game.

After Gino Cimoli flied out, Hal Smith walked, and Don Hoak clubbed his 7th HR of the year to give the Bucs a 3-2 lead. Elroy Face then took over in the bottom of the 9th. With 2 outs and Johnny Logan at first base, Danny Murtaugh summoned left-hander Joe Gibbon to face the left-hand swinging pinch-hitter Eddie Haas with lefty Bill Bruton on deck. But Gibbon was wild and walked both batters to load the bases. With the right-handed Del Crandall coming up, Murtaugh brought in right-hander Paul Giel. Crandall lined a single to left field that scored Logan from third with the tie run as Haas sprinted from second base toward the plate. However, a perfect throw from Bob Skinner to reserve catcher Bob Oldis cut down Haas to end the inning with the score tied 3-3. Joey Jay, who started the previous day’s second game for Milwaukee--but lasted less than one inning--came in to start the 10th inning for the Braves. In the Pirate 10th, Skinner singled and Nelson, who had homered in the 9th, hit another HR, his 5th of the year to give the Pirates a 5-3 lead.

But the Braves weren’t through. With 1 out in the bottom of the 10th, Hank Aaron singled and moved to second on a wild pitch by Giel. With 2 outs, Bob Friend, who had pitched into the 8th inning the day before, made his only relief appearance of the season and yielded a run-scoring single to Joe Adcoch to make it a 5-4 game. But Friend then got the final out to seal the victory and earn the save. Giel (2-0) got the win. Jay (2-5) took the loss, his second in 2 days. Virdon (.247), Skinner (.311), Nelson (.338) and Hoak (.264) each had a pair of hits for Pittsburgh. Murtaugh used 20 players in the game as 6 pitchers appeared, and the suspended Burgess was the only non-pitcher not to appear. The Pirates were now 4˝ games ahead of Milwaukee.

Starting lineup:
Virdon CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Nelson 1B
Cimoli RF
Smith C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Law P.

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