August 14, 1960---The Pirates (68-42) swept a Sunday doubleheader from the Cardinals (63-49) to take the 5-game series 3 games to 2 and increase their lead over the second place Cardinals to 6 games. In game 1, Vern Law gave up 4 runs and 12 hits, but benefited from a 9 run, 13 hit Pirate attack as he ran his record to 17-5 and got his 15th complete game and his sixth straight win. Law also joined teammate Bob Friend in going over the 200 inning mark for the season with still a month-and-a-half remaining.
The Pirates took a 4-0 lead with 4 in the third inning on consecutive singles by Virdon, Groat and Skinner (to score Virdon), and 2-run double by Nelson, who came all the way around to score when Cardinals shortstop Daryl Spencer committed a throwing error on the relay from left field. But St.Louis came right back with 2 in the 4th on a HR by their catcher Hal Smith (no relation to Pirate catcher Hal Smith). The Bucs got 3 more in their half of the 4th against Cardinals starter Larry Jackson (13-10) to go up 7-2. Hoak started the rally with a single and moved to third on Mazeroski’s double. After a 1-out intentional walk to Virdon, Groat knocked in 2 runs with a double. Ron Kline relieved Jackson and intentionally walked Skinner. Nelson’s sac fly scored Virdon to make it 7-2. The Cardinals made it 7-3 in the top of the 5th on a double by Curt Flood and a single by Bill White. In the bottom of the 5th, Burgess doubled and scored when Hoak’s grounder was booted by Javier, making it 8-3. Both teams scored a run in the 7th. The Cardinal on a Bill White homer. The Pirates scored on back to back doubles by Law and Virdon. The final was 9-4. Virdon (.281) had 3 hits for the Bucs. Groat (.319) and Law (.189) each had 2 hits including a double. In addition to Groat and Law, the Pirates also got doubles from Nelson, Mazeroski, Burgess and Virdon. The Cardinals’ Bill White hit for the cycle.
Game 1 Starting lineup:
Runs were tougher to come by in game 2. The Pirates took a 1-0 lead against Curt Simmons in the first inning when Groat reached on a 2-base error by rightfielder Joe Cunningham and scored on a double by Stuart. The Bucs took a 2-0 lead in the 5th when Mazeroski singled, was bunted to second by Tom Cheney and scored on a single by Groat. Cheney blanked the Cardinals through the first 5 innings but gave up 2 runs in the 6th to tie it at 2-2. The Cardinals threatened in the 7th when Cheney walked Simmons to open the inning and Javier singled him to second. Joe Gibbon relieved Cheney. Cunningham attempted to bunt the runners along, but the Pirates executed the “wheel play” as Hoak and Stuart charged the bunt, Groat ran to cover third and Mazeroski covered first. Hoak grabbed the ball and threw to Groat at third, who fired across the diamond to Mazeroski at first for a 5-6-4 DP. Bill White then lined out to end the inning still tied 2-2. Elroy Face came on in the 8th for his first appearance in a week. Simmons turned the game over to reliever Lindy McDaniel in the 9th. The teams finished 9 innings still tied 2-2, and Fred Green took over for Face in the 10th. Green and McDaniel each pitched a scoreless 10th and Green pitched a scoreless 11th as well. In the bottom of the 11th, Stuart led off with a walk and was run for by Dick Schofield. Bob Skinner singled Schofield to second. Hal Smith forced Schofield at third for the first out. But Hoak followed with a single, scoring Skinner from second with the winning run, 3-2. Green (6-4) got the win. McDaniel (10-4) took the loss. Mazeroski (.254) had 2 of the 8 Pirate hits. Cheney lowered his ERA to 3.18.
Game 2 Starting lineup:
After dropping the first 2 games of the series, the Bucs had won the next 3. The Cardinals had needed to use the series to gain ground. Instead, they lost ground. Meanwhile, the Yankees lost a doubleheader to Washington to fall to third place in the AL, a half game behind the Orioles and White Sox. Senators pitcher Camilio Pascual (11-6) beat NY with his arm and his bat, hitting a grand slam off Bob Turley (7-3) in a 5-4 win in the first game of the doubleheader. The Senators took the second game 6-3 in 15 innings, scoring 3 runs in the 15th against the Yankees Ralph Terry (5-7).