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1960 Revisited - August 12   
By Bobster

August 12, 1960---Roberto Clemente returned to the lineup, but the Pirates (65-42) lost again to the Cardinals (63-46). With 35,439 on hand, starter George Witt (1-1) didnít make it through the first inning. Witt walked ex-Pirate farmhand Julian Javier and Daryl Spencer to start the game. He then retired Bill White before Ken Boyer launched his 25th HR of the season over the left field wall. That was all for Witt as Joe Gibbon took over. The Pirates got one back in the first when Dick Groat hit an opposite field inside-the-park HR to right, his first HR of the season.

The Pirates made it a 3-2 game in the second inning on singles by Burgess and Hoak and a force out by Mazeroski. St.Louis got a run off Gibbon in the 5th to make it 4-2. Gibbon held the Cardinals to one run in 5 2/3 innings before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the 6th (Stuart, who struck out). Fred Green took over for Gibbon in the 7th and was immediately touched for 4 runs, highlighted by Stan Musialís bases-loaded single. The Cards added another against Green in the 8th to make it a 9-2 game. It was the sixth consecutive win for St.Louis. Bob Gibson went the distance to even his record at 3-3. But two Cardinals were injured in the game. Javier hit his head sliding into second base in the third inning and had to leave the game. He was replaced by Alex Grammas, who would become a Pirate coach from 1965-69 and serve as interim manager the last week of the 1969 season. And catcher Carl Sawatski received 7 stitches in his index finger when a hit by a foul tip and was replaced by the other NL catcher named Hal Smith. For the Pirates, Smoky Burgess (.308) had 3 hits and Groat (.314), Nelson (.307) and Hoak (.270) each had two. Clementeís return to the lineup was not memorable. He went 0 for 4 with a strikeout. A crowd of 35,439 saw the game at Forbes Field.

Starting lineup:

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

The lead over St. Louis was now down to 3 games. And with the Braves winning and Dodgers losing, the Bucs led those two teams by 6 games each.

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