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1960 Revisited - August 5   
By Bobster

August 5, 1960---With Bob Friend and Vern Law having great seasons, the last thing the rest of the N.L. needed was for the Pirates to find another dominating starting pitcher. Unfortunately for the rest of the N.L., Vinegar Bend Mizell was becoming exactly that. Mizell pitched a 6-hit shutout over the Giants, as the Pirates (60-40) prevailed, 1-0. The shutout was the second straight for the Pirate lefty, who raised his record as a Pirate to 7-2.

Mizell had now pitched 26 consecutive scoreless innings, having last been scored upon in the 1st inning, three starts ago. His ERA since joining the Bucs in late May was 3.12. A crowd of 33,304 at Forbes Field watched a scoreless battle for 7 innings, as Sam Jones (13-11) was equally tough. But Bill Virdon led off the bottom of the 8th with a walk. Groat laid down a sac bunt that Jones fielded and threw into right field. Virdon came all the way around to score on the error. That was all the scoring in the game as the Bucs won 1-0.

Virdon and Clemente each helped preserve the shutout with outstanding catches. Clemente made a catch while crashing into the wall along the right-field stands. He suffered a gashed chin in the process and was taken to the hospital for x-rays. He received 5 stitches. Skinner (.288) and Mazeroski (.242) each had a pair of hits for Pittsburgh. Skinner had been in a 3-for-34 slump coming into the game.

Starting lineup:

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

Elsewhere, a Braves (55-43) win and a Cardinals (56-45) loss moved Milwaukee back into second place, 4 games behind the Bucs with the Cardinals 4.5 games behind. The Giants (51-47) were now 8 games behind.

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