1960 Revisited - July 8

Thursday, July 08 2010 @ 09:42 am UTC

Contributed by: Bobster

By Bobster

July 8, 1960 The Pirates went to Philadelphia for a Friday doubleheader. Game 1 featured Joe Gibbon against John Buzhardt. Hoakís solo HR (#8) in the 2nd gave the Bucs a 1-0 lead and Virdonís solo shot (#2) in the 3rd made it 2-0. But the Phillies then scored 3 times in the 4th against Gibbon to take the lead as Paul Giel relieved Gibbon. Philadelphia scored 2 more against Giel in the 6th, and the Bucs trailed 5-2. But the Pirates rallied in the 7th. Clemente drew a 1-out walk and Virdon reached on an error. Groatís single scored Clemente. And after Skinner grounded out, Stuartís double scored Virdon and Groat to tie the score at 5-5.

Dick Farrell replaced Buzhardt. Fred Green replaced Giel in the 7th for Pittsburgh. Farrell held the Pirates scoreless in the 8th, 9th and 10th. Green held the Phillies scoreless in the 7th, 8th, 9th and took the mound again for the 10th inning. But with 1 out, Ruben Amaro doubled and Farrell (7-2), batting for himself, singled to right field. Bob Oldis had entered the game in the 8th after Burgess left for a pinch runner. Amaro tried to score on Farrellís single to RF and Clemente fired the ball to Oldis for the play at the plate. Umpire Ed Vargo called Amaro safe to give the Phillies a 6-5 victory. Oldis argued the call, claiming he had tagged Amaro out, and bumped into Vargo. He was fined and given a 2-game suspension. Hoak, Green and Groat also argued and drew fines. Green (4-3) took the loss. Virdon, Stuart (.247) and Skinner (.305) had 2 hits apiece.

Game 1 Starting lineup:

Virdon CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Stuart 1B
Cimoli RF
Burgess C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Gibbon P.

In game 2, Bob Friend (10-5) picked up his 10th win, defeating future Phillies manager Dallas Green (1-3) by a score of 8-3. The Bucs almost had to play without Dick Groat. Groat took the lineup card to the umpires before the game and continued the argument with Ed Vargo from the game ending play of game 1. Vargo came close to ejecting Groat for calling it the worst call he had ever seen. But Groat was not ejected (perhaps an indication that it was a bad call) and the game ensued. The Pirates (48-29) broke a scoreless tie in the 4th. Skinner walked and took third on Nelsonís double. Skinner was out at home on Clementeís grounder but Nelson scored on Smithís ensuing double. Clemente then scored on a sac fly by Mazeroski to take a 2-0 lead. The Phillies got one back in the 4th to make it 2-1. In the 5th, Virdon doubled, took third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch by Green. Ahead 3-1, the Bucs broke it open with 4 in the 6th. Clemente walked and, with 1 out, Hoak, Mazeroski and Friend hit consecutive singles, with Mazeroskiís hit plating Clemente. Taylor Phillips then relieved Green and got Virdon on a run scoring ground out. Groat followed with a 2-run double to make it 7-1. The Phillies put up single runs in the 6th and 7th to make it 7-3. In the 8th, Mazeroski singled and scored on Virdonís triple. The 8-3 win was Friendís 8th complete game of the year. Mazeroski (.256) had a pair of hits and Virdon had 3 including his 4th triple of the season. After platooning with Cimoli, then seemingly losing the CF job outright to him, and then platooning again, Virdon had now been playing fairly regularly in CF for the past month. During that time, he had raised his average from .213 to .262.

Game 2 Starting lineup:

Virdon CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Nelson 1B
Clemente RF
Smith C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Friend P.

The first game of the doubleheader marked Paul Gielís final appearance as a Pirate. It was the 6th consecutive appearance by Giel in which the right-hander had been scored upon. His ERA now stood at 5.85.


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