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1960 Revisited - September 23   
By Bobster

Friday, September 23, 1960---The Pirates (92-56) lost to the third-place Braves (84-63) while the second-place Cardinals (85-61) swept a doubleheader from the Cubs. The Cardinals were 6 games out, and the magic number remained at 2. George Witt (1-2) pitched a strong game for the Pirates, going 7 innings, with 8 hits, 1 walk and 5 Ks. But the Braves Bob Buhl (15-9) was better. Buhl went the distance, giving up just 5 hits, a walk and 5 Ks. Bill Bruton homered off Witt in the third for a 1-0 lead.

The Pirates tied it 1-1 in the fifth when Hoak and Schofield singled and Virdon doubled Hoak home. In the seventh, Chuck Cottier led off with a single and Buhl bunted him to second base. After Bruton grounded out to Mazeroski, Del Crandall hit what appeared to be a routine grounder to short for the apparent third out. But the ball hit the edge of the infield grass and took a high hop over Schofield’s head. Schofield still got a glove on it but was unable to make a play. The infield singled scored Cottier to make it a 2-1 game. Face pitched a scoreless eighth for the Bucs, but Buhl made the 2-1 lead stand.

Starting lineup:

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

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