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1960 Revisited - August 24   
By Bobster

Wednesday, August 24, 1960---The Pirates squandered leads of 4-0 and 6-3 before defeating the Cubs 10-6 to move 30 games over .500 at 75-45. In the second inning, Clemente led off with a single against Cubs starter Don Cardwell and scored on a triple by Burgess (yes, the little round guy tripled). After Hoak popped up to second baseman Don Zimmer, Mazeroski sent a grounder to Zimmer, who threw out Burgess at the plate. But Law singled and Virdon beat out a grounder to Zimmer at second, who threw the ball away for a single and an error as Mazeroski scored and Virdon went to second.

A single by Groat then scored Law but Virdon was out at the plate on the throw from rightfielder Bob Will. Leading 3-0, the Bucs added another run in the 5th when Virdon doubled and scored on Skinnerís single. But the Cubs put up 3 in the home half of the fifth against Law on a 2-run triple by Will and a single by George Altman to make it a 4-3 game. The Pirates made it 5-3 with a solo HR by Hoak (#12) in the sixth and 6-3 with in the seventh on a double by Skinner and single by Clemente. The Cubs tied it 6-6 with a 3-run seventh against Law and Fred Green before Clem Labine came on to end the rally. Tied 6-6 in the top of the ninth, Bob Skinner doubled against Chicago reliever Don Elston (6-7), injuring his leg as he slid. Joe Christopher ran for Skinner and scored when Dick Stuart followed with his 17th HR of the year. Roberto Clemente made it back-to-back HRs when he took Elston deep for his 10th of the season to put the Bucs up 9-6. Burgess reached on an error and Baker ran for him before Hoak walked, ending Elstonís outing. Moe Drabowsky relieved Elston and, after a ground out advanced the runners, threw a wild pitch that scored Baker, making it a 10-6 game. Elroy Face (9-6), who entered the game in the eighth inning and pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief, got the win. The Pirates had 17 hits in the game including 4 apiece from Virdon (.281) and Clemente (.319). Skinner (.284), who left the game with a leg injury, had 3 hits and Burgess (.294) had two. The Pirates led the Braves by 7Ĺ games. The Yankees led the White Sox by 1Ĺ games after Art Ditmar (13-7) defeated Herb Score (4-8) by a score of 3-2.

Starting lineup:

Virdon CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Stuart 1B
Clemente RF
Burgess C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Law P

Although Nelson and Stuart had been platooning at 1B for nearly three months, Stuart had gotten hot over the past 3 games and started against Cardwell, the right-hander with the lefty Nelson on the bench.

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