Thursday, September 22, 1960---This had been scheduled to be one of 8 off days in September. In fact, the schedule had the Pirates off on consecutive days on September 21 and 22 (after also being off on September 19) and again on September 28 and 29. But on this day, the Pirates met the Cubs in a doubleheader at Forbes Field to make up the doubleheader that had been rained out on September 11. This required the Cubs to fly from Chicago to Pittsburgh for a make up doubleheader and then immediately fly back to Chicago for another make up doubleheader with St. Louis the very next day.
The Cubs, who came to Pittsburgh on a 3-game losing streak, proceeded to lose their back-to-back doubleheaders and scored a total of 5 runs in those 4 games. Meanwhile, the Bucs had now played 3 straight doubleheaders with a day off between each one. The second-place Cardinals were off, but the Pirates (92-55) sliced the magic number to 2 by winning both ends of the doubleheader with Chicago. In the first game, Vern Law failed to get his 21st win but pitched effectively. In the second inning, Hoak tripled and scored on a sac fly by Mazeroski. The Cubs tied it in the top of the third on a double by Zimmer and a triple by Billy Williams. But the Bucs came right back in their half of the third when Virdon walked, Skinner singled and Burgess singled to take a 2-1 lead. The Cubs tied it in the fourth when Ron Santo doubled, went to third on an Altman single, and scored on a 4-6-3 DP. Law was locked in a 2-2 tie with the Cubs’ Don Cardwell entering the bottom of the ninth. Mazeroski opened the ninth with a single and was sacrificed to second by Schofield. Activated coach Mickey Vernon batted for Law and was intentionally walked. September call-up Dick Barone ran for Vernon. But Cardwell got out of it by getting Mazeroski to fly out and Skinner to ground out. Face replaced Law on the mound and pitched a scoreless 10th and 11th innings. But Cardwell (8-15) loaded the bases with no one out in the eleventh on a Hoak single, a Mazeroski double and an intentional walk to Schofield. Rocky Nelson was announced to bat for Face. Nelson hadn’t appeared in a game since being hit by a pitch on September 4th. But when Dick Ellsworth relieved Cardwell, Gino Cimoli batted for Nelson and popped up. But Gene Baker (.194) batted for Virdon and hit a pinch single to score Don Hoak with the winning run for Elroy Face (10-7). Burgess (.291), Hoak and Mazeroski (.276) each had 2 hits for the Pirates.
Game 1 Starting lineup:
In game 2, the Cubs got a run in the first inning off Vinegar Bend Mizell and never scored again. The Pirates knocked out Cubs starter Bob Anderson (8-11) with 5 in the third inning that featured 7 consecutive hits. With one out, Skinner, Clemente and Stuart singled to tie the game at 1-1. Smith’s single loaded the bases. Hoak’s double made it 3-1. Mazeroski’s single made it 4-1 and Schofield’s single made it 5-1. The Bucs added 1 more in the fifth when Smith walked and scored on Hoak’s single. The final was 6-1. Mizell (12-5) pitched his 8th complete game, a 6-hitter with no walks and 2 Ks. He lowered his ERA to 2.99. Skinner (.276), Hoak (.282) and Schofield (.337) each had 2 hits.
Game 2 Starting lineup: