1960 Revisited - July 6

Tuesday, July 06 2010 @ 11:09 am UTC

Contributed by: Bobster

By Bobster

July 6, 1960---The Pirates traveled to Crosley Field to take on the Cincinnati Reds. Rookie Tom Cheney, who was wild in his first start 4 days earlier, made his second start for the Pirates. And just as he had done 4 days earlier, Cheney walked the first 2 batters he faced in the first inning. But after the walks to Eddie Kasko and Vada Pinson, Cheney got former Pirate Gus Bell to ground out and Wally Post to hit into a 6-4-3 DP.

Cheney also walked the first batter in the 2nd inning but again got out of it without any runs scored. But after retiring the first 2 batters of the 3rd inning, Cheney gave up a HR to Bell to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, Bob Purkey, another ex-Buc (and a Pittsburgh native), nursed that lead and carried a 2-hit shutout into the 8th inning. But then things fell apart for the Reds’ right-hander. The Pirates loaded the bases on a walk to Hoak, a single by Mazeroski and a walk to Virdon. Purkey (8-4) then walked Groat to force in the tie run. Bill Henry relieved Purkey and immediately gave up an inside-the-park grand slam to Bob Skinner (#11). With a 5-1 lead, Paul Giel took over for Cheney in the bottom of the 8th. Giel pitched a scoreless 8th but was touched for an Ed Bailey HR in the 9th. It was the 5th straight appearance in which Giel had been scored upon. Elroy Face came on to record the final out and picked up his 11th save in the 5-2 win. Cheney (1-1) got his first major league victory. He pitched 7 innings, giving up 1 run on 5 hits and 4 walks with 6 Ks. The Bucs (46-28) now led the Braves by 5˝ games.

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