1960 Revisited - July 7

Wednesday, July 07 2010 @ 09:10 am UTC

Contributed by: Bobster

By Bobster

July 7, 1960---Bob Skinner, whose inside-the-park grand slam the day before beat the Reds 5-2, drove in all 3 Pirate wins in a 3-2 victory over Cincinnati. Vinegar Bend Mizell and Jim OíToole were locked in a 1-1 tie after 7 innings. Frank Robinson had given the Reds a 1-0 lead in the 4th with a solo HR, and Skinnerís ground out had scored Mazeroski, who had doubled and taken third on a fielderís choice to tie it 1-1 in the 5th.

But the Reds took a 2-1 lead in the 8th against Mizell. In the top of the 9th with Mazeroski aboard with his 3rd hit of the game, pinch-hitter Smoky Burgess singled and Skinnerís double scored both Mazeroski and Joe Christopher, who ran for Burgess. Skinnerís double was hit against reliever Bill Henry (1-4), who was pitching when Skinner hit his inside-the-park grand slam a day earlier. Elroy Face pitched a scoreless 9th inning to preserve the 3-2 win and pick up his 12th save. Mizell raised his record as a Pirate to 4-2. Mazeroskiís 3 hits raised his average to .255. Skinnerís 7 RBIs in the last 2 games had given him the team lead with 54. The win enabled the Pirates (47-28) to maintain their 5Ĺ game lead over Milwaukee for first place.

Starting lineup:

Skinner LF
Groat SS
Clemente RF
Stuart 1B
Cimoli CF
Smith C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Mizell P.