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1960 Revisited - August 7   
By Bobster

August 7, 1960---With Roberto Clemente still sidelined with a chin injury and 35,708 in attendance at Forbes Field for a Sunday doubleheader, the Pirates (63-40) swept 2 games from the Giants. The second game of the doubleheader was the makeup of the June 28th game that had ended in a 7-7 tie due to rain. The June 28th stats counted but the tie game had to be replayed.

Thus, the Pirates were credited with playing 155 games in 1960. Bob Friend (12-7) won the opener, going the distance with a 7-hitter as the Bucs defeated SF, 4-1. The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the 4th against Jack Sanford (9-10) when Groat singled, Cimoli tripled and Hoak singled. But Hobie Landrith’s only HR of the season made it 2-1 in the 7th. The Bucs came right back with 2 more in the bottom of the 7th to close out the scoring on a single by Mazeroski, a walk to Virdon, and RBI-singles by Groat and Skinner. Groat had 3 of the 8 Pirate hits and Mazeroski had a pair. Friend struck out 6 in gaining his 10th complete game and lowering his ERA to 2.96.

Game 1 Starting lineup:

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

In game 2, the Giants jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead with a 3-run HR by Felipe Alou in the first and a 2-run shot by Don Blasingame in the second against Harvey Haddix, who was lifted in favor of Tom Cheney after Joe Amalfitano followed the Blasingame HR with a single. Cheney (2 1/3 innings), Fred Green (2 innings) and Elroy Face (3 innings) shut the Giants out over the final 7 1/3 innings. The Pirates got one run back in the 2nd when Cimoli singled, took second on a walk to Smith and scored on a single by Hoak. They scored again in the fourth on a triple by Cimoli and a single by Hoak. Trailing 5-2 in the 6th, Smith and Hoak singled to start the inning but Giants’ starter Billy O’Dell got the next two batters out, bringing Joe Christopher (.184) to the plate. Christopher cracked his first major league HR with two men aboard to tie the game 5-5 against O’Dell. Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 8th, Mazeroski led off with a single. Face, who had already pitched the 7th and 8th innings, batted for himself and singled Mazeroski to second. Christopher forced Face at second and Groat’s squeeze bunt was thrown away by Cepeda as both Mazeroski and Christopher scored to take a 7-5 lead. Sherman Jones (0-1) took the loss. Face (6-5) pitched the final 3 innings for the Pirates and got the win. He also picked up his 3rd hit of the season and carried a batting average of .273. Christopher’s 3-run homer also represented his first major league RBIs. Don Hoak (.262) had 3 hits in game 2 and Groat (.314), Cimoli (.288), Smith (.299) and Mazeroski (.249) had 2 hits apiece. Cimoli had a triple in each game. Orlando Cepeda had 4 hits for the Giants in game 2 and Felipe Alou went 3-for-4 with a HR. Meanwhile, St.Louis (58-46) split a doubleheader with the Reds to fall 5˝ games behind Pittsburgh in a second-place tie with the Braves (56-44).

Game 2 Starting lineup:

Christopher CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Stuart 1B,
Cimoli RF
Smith C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Haddix P

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