Thursday, August 25, 1960---Cubs right-hander Glen Hobbie got the best of the Piratesí Vinegar Bend Mizell as the Cubs won, 2-1. Both starters went the distance. The Pirates (75-46) took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Gino Cimoli, playing LF for the injured Bob Skinner, walked and came around to score after hits by Stuart and Clemente. Ernie Banks took Mizell deep in the second inning for his 36th HR of the year (by comparison, Stuart led the Bucs with 17 HRs) to tie the score at 1-1.
And thatís the way it remained until there were 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth when Hobbie, batting for himself, hit his first major league HR to win the game 2-1. Hobbie (13-16) struck out 9, walked 3 and gave up 6 hits, none after the sixth inning. Mizell (8-4) gave up 8 hits, walked 3 and struck out 2. Danny Murtaugh was ejected in the top of the ninth for arguing a called third strike to Don Hoak. Cimoli (.278) and Stuart (.255) each had 2 of the Piratesí hits. In losing, Mizell pitched his 6th complete game and lowered his ERA to 3.06.
Once again, Stuart had started against a right-hander. He was the chief power threat on the Pirates roster. Nelson was an aging journeyman who had done surprisingly well when given a chance to platoon at 1B when Stuart slumped. But with Stuart now hitting well, Murtaugh would give him another chance to play everyday. Nelson, despite having his finest season, would start only 6 more games of the regular season.
The Pirates led the Braves by 6.5 games and the Cardinals by 8.5 games. Following the afternoon loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Pirates left for St. Louis for a 3-game series with the third place Cardinals. The Cardinals would need a sweep to have a chance.