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1960 Revisited - August 31   
By Bobster

Wednesday, August 31, 1960---The Pirates concluded a 21-10 August with a 7-4 win over the Giants in Candlestick Park. SF took a 1-0 lead against Mizell in the second inning and added 2 more in the fourth for a 3-0 lead. Mizell lasted only 4 innings as he was pinch hit for by Gene Baker in the fifth. Baker (.154) grounded out and Skinner was retired, but Clemente followed a Groat single with a 2-run HR (his 12th) off Giants’ starter Billy O’Dell to make it 3-2. Clem Labine pitched a scoreless fifth and the Pirates took the lead, 4-3, when Smith walked, Hoak singled pinch-runner Joe Christopher to second, Mazeroski got an RBI-single, and Skinner singled against reliever Sherman Jones to score Hoak.

The Bucs took command in the 7th when Clemente singled, Stuart reached on an error and Cimoli reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. Stu Miller replaced Jones and gave up a sac fly to Nelson, a walk to Hoak, a sac fly to Mazeroski and a ground ball by pinch-hitter Burgess that was booted by secondbaseman Joe Amalfitano as Cimoli scored to make it 7-3. SF got a run in the seventh off Joe Gibbon, but Face came on to shut down the threat. Face was perfect. He pitched 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief, walking none and striking out 6 of the 8 batters he faced. Face got his 20th save and Labine (1-0) got the win. The Pirates had 13 hits, including 3 from Clemente (.319) and 2 from Groat (.323) and Cimoli (.275).

The Pirates led the Cardinals (who beat the Reds 2-1) by 6˝ games and the Braves (who split a doubleheader with the Cubs) by 7. In the AL, the Yankees spilt a doubleheader with Kansas City while the Orioles defeated the Indians. Baltimore trailed the Yankees by 1 game.

Starting lineup:

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

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