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1960 Revisited - September 3   
By Bobster

Saturday, September 3, 1960---Phillies rookie Art Mahaffey (5-0) outdueled Vernon Law (19-6) and kept Law from winning his 20th. The Phillies won 3-2. Philadelphia got 2 unearned runs in the first inning after a Hoak error. But the Pirated made it 2-1 in the second on doubles by Burgess and Hoak. The Phillies added a run in the fourth to make it a 3-1 game. Dick Stuart struck out for Law in the sixth and Elroy Face pitched the final 3 scoreless innings of relief, yielding just 1 hit and striking out 5. The Bucs got a run in the eighth to make it 3-2 when Nelson and Clemente singled and Burgess hit a sac fly.

But Clemente was out at second trying to advance on the fly ball. After a single by Hoak, Mahaffey got out of the inning with no further damage by striking out Mazeroski. Tony Taylor (.296) had 4 hits for the Phillies. Don Hoak (.269) had 3 hits for the Pirates and Groat (.324) had 2 more. Coach Mickey Vernon made his 1960 debut for the Pirates, grounding out as a pinch hitter for Face in the ninth.

Face’s relief outing meant that he had now been unscored upon in his last 8 2/3 innings, during which he had given up just 3 hits with no walks and 14 strikeouts.

Meanwhile, a win by the Braves (73-55) narrowed the gap between them and the Pirates (79-50) to 5˝ games. In the A.L., Jack Fisher (11-9) pitched a 7-hit shutout, 2-0, as the Orioles took a 1-game lead over the Yankees after back-to-back shutouts.

Starting lineup:

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

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