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1960 Revisited - September 7   
By Bobster

Wednesday, September 7, 1960---The second-place Cardinals (75-57) came to Forbes Field for one game in an odd scheduling quirk. The Cardinals played a Friday through Monday series in Chicago with a travel day on Tuesday to go to Pittsburgh, where they would play one game and then having another travel day on Thursday to head to Philadelphia for a 3-game series with the Phillies. The Cardinals managed to narrow the gap to 6 games behind with a 2-1 win over the Pirates (82-52). Vern Law (19-7) was again unsuccessful in getting his 20th win, having now lost 3-2 and 2-1 since picking up his 19th win on august 29th.

The Cardinals got a run in the second inning when they connected for consecutive 2-out singles by Curt Flood, Hal R. Smith and pitcher Ernie Broglio. The Cardinals made it 2-0 in the eighth when Jim Cunningham singled, Ken Boyer was hit by a pitch and Daryl Spencer singled. Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth, the Pirates got a lead-off single from Don Hoak. After retiring Mazeroski and pinch-hitter Mickey Vernon (.250), Bill Virdon singled to score Hoak and make it 2-1. But Lindy McDaniel came on for Broglio (18-7) and retired pinch hitter Hal Smith for the final out. Virdon (.271) had 3 hits. Hoak (.275) and Mazeroski (.271) each had 2 hits. Schofield (.275) played SS for the injured Groat and went 1 for 3. Law pitched his 17th complete game and lowered his ERA to 2.78. Clemente got his 16th assist in the first inning when Joe Cunningham singled to right and was out RF-SS-1B after making a wide turn.

Starting lineup:

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

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