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1960 Revisited - August 2   
By Bobster

August 2, 1960---Vern Law (14-5) became the majors’ first 14-game winner with a 3-0 shutout over the Dodgers. Law gave up 5 hits, walked 1 and struck out 4. All-Star Stan Williams (11-3) matched Law for 6 innings, and carried a 2-hitter into the 7th. But the Pirates (58-39) broke the scoreless tie in the 7th inning. Williams walked Burgess to start the inning and Christopher ran for the Pirates catcher. Hoak sacrificed Christopher to second and Bill Mazeroski singled to make it 1-0. Law’s attempt to sacrifice Mazeroski to second was mishandled for an error by Frank Howard, who had moved from right field to first base in the 4th inning. Groat then plated both Mazeroski and Law with a double. The 3-run rally made it 3-0 and represented all the scoring in the game.

Mazeroski (.240) had 2 of the Pirates’ 5 hits. Dodger firstbaseman Norm Larker, hitting .346, was ejected by first base umpire Ken Burkhart in the 4th inning after singling to right field and being called out when he rounded the bag and didn’t get back in time to beat Clemente’s throw to Nelson. It was Clemente’s 14th assist of the year.

Law’s shutout was his 3rd of the season and his 12th complete game. He lowered his ERA to 2.65. Meanwhile in St.Louis, Ernie Broglio (12-5) defeated the Braves in a 4-2 win, dropping the Braves 3 games behind the Pirates.

Starting lineup:

Virdon CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Nelson 1B
Clemente RF
Burgess C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Law P

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