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1960 Revisited - July 19   
By Bobster

July 19, 1960---In Los Angeles, the Pirates couldn’t hold a 4-0 lead with one of their aces on the mound. Bob Friend opposed Don Drysdale in the first game of a 3-game series against the Dodgers. The Pirates got to Drysdale immediately in the first inning when Virdon led off with a double and scored on Groat’s single. In the second inning with Mazeroski aboard on a single and two outs, Virdon hit his fourth HR of the season to make it 3-0. Drysdale was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 2nd inning trailing 3-0.

The Pirates made it 4-0 in the 4th with a run against reliever Larry Sherry (7-7) when Hoak singled, Friend walked and Virdon doubled. Hoak scored on the double but pitcher Friend was out trying to score from first. Friend couldn’t hold the lead as the Dodgers got 2 in the 6th and then took a 5-4 lead with 3 more in the 7th, capped by Norm Larker’s 2-run homer off Fred Green (4-4), who relieved Friend during the Dodgers’ 7th inning rally. The 5-4 loss gave the Pirates (51-34) a 1½ game lead over the Braves (48-34). Virdon (.275) and Stuart (.250) each had 3 hits while Hoak (.266) had a pair. Virdon’s hits consisted of 2 doubles and a HR.

Starting lineup:

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

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, the Giants, the preseason favorites to win the NL but who were struggling at 42-40, had just gotten tougher. Rookie Juan Marichal, recently promoted from the Giants’ AAA Tacoma team, made quite an impressive ML debut against the Phillies. Marichal took a perfect game into the 7th inning before Tony Taylor reached first on a one-out error by Giants shortstop Eddie Bressoud. After a wild pitch and a walk to Pancho Herrera, Marichal got the 3rd out with the no-hitter still intact. But with 2 outs in the 8th, pinch-hitter Clay Dalrymple singled to spoil the no-hit bid. He was the last Phillie to reach base as Marichal won 2-0 with a complete game 1-hit shutout over the Phillies, walking 1 and fanning 12. Marichal’s second ML start would be in 4 more days—against the Pirates.

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