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1960 Revisited - August 15   
By Bobster

August 15, 1960---The Phillies (44-68) ended the Bucs’ 3-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory at Forbes Field. Art Mahaffey (1-0) earned his first ML win for the Phillies. He and Vinegar Bend Mizell were tied 0-0 after 3 innings. But Mizell walked Frank Herrera to lead off the 4th and Bobby Gene Smith followed that with a double. Jim Coker, the third batter of the inning, singled to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. But the Pirates came right back in their half of the inning when Smoky Burgess doubled and Don Hoak smacked his 10th HR to tie the game 2-2.

Tony Taylor led off the Phillies 5th inning with an infield single to deep short and was sacrificed to second by Ken Walters. Lee Walls then singled to score Taylor and give Philadelphia a 3-2 lead. The Pirates tied it in the 7th on a 2-out solo HR by Bill Virdon, his 7th of the year. Elroy Face took over for Mizell and pitched a scoreless 8th. Face (hitting .333) remained in the game and singled in the 8th, but the Bucs failed to score off Mahaffey. In the top of the 9th, pinch hitter Clay Dalrymple singled with one out. Pinch-runner Bobby Malkmus was forced at second by Ruben Amaro. But Tony Gonzalez, pinch-hitting for Mahaffey, doubled to CF to score Amaro and give the Phillies a 4-3 lead. Chris Short shut out the Pirates in the bottom of the 9th. Face (6-6) got the loss. Groat (.321) and Hoak (.268) each had 2 hits for the Pirates.

The Pirates now led the Cardinals by 6 games, the Braves by 7 and the Dodgers by 7.5.

The Pirates (68-43) announced that 34-year-old right-handed reliever Clem Labine, recently released by Detroit, had been signed. Earl Francis, who had not appeared since leaving the game on July 27th with a sore arm and shoulder, was returned to the Bucs’ AAA team in Columbus. Labine had been with both the Dodgers and Tigers in 1960. Between those two teams, he had appeared in 27 games with a 5.45 ERA, an 0-4 record and 3 saves. In 36 innings, Labine had given up 45 hits, 22 runs, 20 BBs, with 21 Ks. Although his stats were unimpressive when the Pirates signed him, Labine was a 10-year veteran who had been in four World Series with the Dodgers, including the previous 1959 series. No other pitcher on the Pirate staff had World Series experience. And the Pirates were still looking for another right-handed compliment to Face in the bullpen, since Cheney and Witt had been used primarily as spot starters, Giel, Daniels and Umbricht had not worked out, and Francis had been injured. Labine led the NL in saves in 1956 and 1957. In the 1955 World Series, Labine had picked up a win for the Dodgers in relief against the Yankees. And few remembered that in the 1956 World Series, on the day after Don Larsen had pitched a perfect game for the Yankees, Clem Labine (who had led the NL in saves and started only 3 games all season) started for the Dodgers and pitched a 10-inning complete game shutout, defeating the Yankees 1-0.

Starting lineup:

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

In New York, Mickey Mantle’s two 2-run HRs gave the Yankees a 4-3 win over the Orioles as Art Ditmar (12-7) went the distance defeating knuckleball reliever Hoyt Wilhelm (9-7). Coupled with a White Sox loss to the Tigers, 4-1, the Yankees moved into first place, a half game ahead of Baltimore and Chicago.

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