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1960 Revisited - August 6   
By Bobster

August 6, 1960---The Pirates (61-40) won a hard-fought game against the Giants (51-48) in 10 innings by a score of 8-7. Vern Law went all 10 innings to raise his record to 15-5. With SF rookie Juan Marichal on the mound, the Pirates scored a run in the first on Skinnerís 13th HR of the season. But SF went ahead 2-1 in the top of the third. The Bucs got 2 in their half of the third for a 3-2 lead when Virdon and Nelson both walked and scored on a triple by Cimoli. SF tied it 3-3 in the top of the fifth.

The Bucs went ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth when Virdon singled, stole second, and scored on Skinnerís single. The Pirates scored an insurance run against reliever Sherman Jones in the eighth when Nelson singled, was sacrificed to second by Cimoli, and scored on a single by Mazeroski. Law took a 5-3 lead into the top of the 9th and retired Felipe Alou on a grounder to Groat to start the inning. And after Dave Philley got a pinch-hit single, Law struck out pinch-hitter Willie McCovey for the second out. Former Pirate Dale Long was the third consecutive pinch-hitter in the 9th for SF, and he connected against Law for a 2-out PH HR to tie the game 5-5. With Law still pitching in the 10th, Mays singled and Orlando Cepeda belted a 2-run HR to give SF a 7-5 lead. But in the bottom of the tenth, the Pirates started off with three consecutive singles against Giants reliever Johnny Antonelli (5-7) by Cimoli, Burgess and Hoak, with Hoakís hit scoring Cimoli to make it 7-6. Dick Schofield ran for Burgess. Stu Miller came on to relieve Antonelli. Mazeroski advanced the runners with a sac bunt. Stuart was given an intentional pass to load the bases. Virdon then scored Schofield with a sac fly to the game 7-7. Finally, Groat singled to score Hoak with the winning run, 8-7. Gino Cimoli (.282), subbing for the injured Clemente in RF, had 3 hits, as did Smoky Burgess (.298). Bob Skinner (.289) had 2 hits. The Pirates led second-place St. Louis (57-45) by 4Ĺ games. The Braves (55-44) were in third place.

Starting lineup:

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

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