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1960 Revisited - August 28   
By Bobster

Sunday, August 28, 1960---St.Louis moved into a second-place tie with Milwaukee, 5½ games behind the Pirates (75-49), by sweeping the 3-game series against visiting Pittsburgh. It was the Pirates’ 4th consecutive loss. The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first when Clemente walked with 2 outs and came around from first to score on Stuart’s single combined with a throwing error by Julian Javier. But the Cards tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the first when Javier doubled and scored on Cunningham’s single.

The Cardinals made it 2-1 in the second against Harvey Haddix (9-8) on a HR by back-up shortstop Alex Grammas. Grammas was 4-for-4 for the game. The Cardinals got 3 more in the fourth inning to take a 5-1 lead when Haddix gave up 2 singles, a walk and 2 more singles before being relieved by Labine with no outs. Labine got out of it with 3 fly balls. With 2 outs in the 5th, the Pirates used consecutive singles by Virdon, Groat and Clemente to make it 5-2. With 2 outs in the 7th, the Pirates used a double by Clemente and a single by Stuart to make it 5-3. With 2 outs in the 8th, the Pirates used a single by Mazeroski and a pinch hit double by Burgess to make it 5-4. Labine, Gibbon, Green and Face kept the Pirates in the game with 5 scoreless innings of relief work but the Bucs could get no closer against Curt Simmons (5-3) or reliever Lindy McDaniel. The Cardinals swept the series with the 5-4 victory. The Pirates were now 21-18 in 1-run games. Dick Groat (.323) had 3 hits. Clemente (.316) and Stuart (.256) had 2 hits apiece.

Starting lineup:

Virdon CF
Groat SS
Clemente RF
Stuart 1B
Cimoli LF
Smith C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Haddix P

With the series sweep, the Cardinals (69-54) had gone from 8.5 to 5.5 games behind the Pirates (75-49). But the Braves (68-53) had lost 2 of 3 to the Giants in that span and were tied with he Cardinals for second place.

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