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Monday, January 30 2023 @ 08:46 am UTC
1960 Revisited - August 30   
By Bobster

Tuesday, August 30, 1960---The Pirates (77-49) beat the Dodgers 5-2 behind Bob Friend (14-11). With the Braves beating the Cardinals, the Bucs now led both teams by 6 games. The Pirates took a 2-0 lead against Sandy Koufax (6-11) in the second inning. Stuart and Cimoli began the inning with singles but Smith bounced into a 5-4-3 DP.

Hoak walked and then Mazeroski and Friend each hit an RBI-single. They made it 4-0 in the fifth on back-to-back HRs by Groat (#2) and Clemente (#11). Elroy Face relieved Friend in the eighth when the Dodgers rallied for 2 runs. Leading 4-2 in the ninth, Face, no slouch with a bat, doubled and scored on a single by Bob Skinner. Face was now batting .357 (5 for 14) and earned his 19th save. Groat (.323) and Stuart (.259) each had a pair of hits.

Starting lineup:

Skinner LF
Groat SS
Clemente RF
Stuart 1B
Cimoli C
Smith C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Friend P

The Dodgers had entered this two game series trailing the Pirates by 7.5 games with 33 games left to play. They needed a sweep to get within 5.5 games of the Bucs. Instead, they were swept and now trailed the Pirates by 9.5 games with 31 left to play. The Dodgers were effectively out of the pennant race. But 40,143 attended the game, putting Dodger attendance over the 2 million mark for the season. The Yankees and Orioles both won to maintain the 1.5 game gap in the AL.

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