July 16, 1960
Having scored just 1 run in their last 18 innings, the Pirates wasted no time, taking a 2-0 lead in the home half of the 1st inning against Jay Hook and the Reds. Roberto Clemente doubled home 2 runs after Hook had walked Groat, Skinner and Nelson in succession to load the bases. But the Reds came back in the 4th against Vinegar Bend Mizell. The Reds’ rally started with back-to-back doubles by Eddie Kasko and Vada Pinson. Pinson attempted to steal third and appeared to be out, but Burgess’ throw was dropped by Hoak for an error. Pinson scored the tie run on a ground out. Later in the inning, Mizell walked Frank Robinson and gave up a single to Ed Bailey before Roy McMillan’s 2-run double made it 4-2
. After Dick Schofield (.250) pinch hit for Mizell in the bottom of the 4th, Joe Gibbon took over and held the Reds until the 7th inning, when they scored again to make it a 5-2 game. Bill Mazeroski hit his 9th HR in the 7th to close to within 5-3, and Earl Francis took over on the mound for Pittsburgh in the 8th. The Pirates tied it 5-5 in the bottom of the 8th. Groat walked to begin the inning, and Joe Nuxhall relieved Hook. But Skinner welcomed Nuxhall with a double as Groat went to third. Nelson lined out to first, and Nuxhall was replaced by Jim Brosnan. After striking out Clemente, Brosnan issued an intentional walk to Burgess. With Gene Baker running for Burgess, Hoak singled to right field scoring Groat and Skinner. The Reds avoided further damage by throwing out Hoak, who had rounded first too far on his hit. Francis held the Reds in check in the top of the 9th and Dick Stuart brought a sudden end to the game when he pinch hit for Francis in the bottom of the 9th and smacked his 13th HR of the season against Brosnan (3-1). Francis (1-0) gained his first major league win. Hoak (.263) had 2 of the Pirates’ 7 hits. The Pirates (50-32) maintained their 3-game lead over the Braves, who beat the Phillies, 6-4.