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1960 Revisited - August 11   
By Bobster

August 11, 1960---The second-place Cardinals (62-46), 5 games behind the Pirates, came into Pittsburgh for a big 5 game series. The first game of the series saw the Cardinals run their winning streak to 5 games by snapping the Pirates streak at seven. The hard-fought contest was won by the Cards, 3-2 in 12 innings. Cardinalsí ace Ernie Broglio (14-5) and Bucs workhorse Bob Friend (12-9) both pitched the entire 12-inning game and each notched 9 strikeouts.

The Pirates (65-41) took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on Burgess' 6th HR of the season. The Cardinals tied it 1-1 in the eighth on a triple by Walt Moryn and a single by Carl Sawatski. Still tied 1-1 in the 12th inning, Bill White singled and Stan Musial belted his 12th HR of the season to put the Cards up 3-1. After the Burgess HR in the fifth, Hoak had singled and been erased on a DP. That was the beginning of 20 consecutive Pirates being retired by Broglio. In the bottom of the 12th, Virdon broke Broglioís string by leading off with a single and scoring on Nelsonís two-out double to make it 3-2. But Stuart, pinch-hitting for Cimoli, struck out to end the contest. The Cardinals had 4 DPs against the Bucs, who stranded only 3. Virdon (.280), Nelson (.301) and Burgess (.300) each had 2 hits. Grroat, who would strike out only 35 times all season in 573 ABs, struck out 4 times against Broglio. This was the 6th straight game that Clemente had missed after suffering a gash to his chin on August 5th. A Thursday night crowd of 34,212 fans witnessed the game at Forbes Field. The Bucs now led the Cardinals by 4 games and the Dodgers by 6 games.

Starting lineup:

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

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