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1960 Revisited - September 24   
By Bobster

Saturday, September 24, 1960---With the second-place Cardinals (85-62) losing to the Cubs, the Pirates clinched a tie for first place despite a loss to the Braves (85-63). The magic number for clinching sole possession of first place, i.e., the N.L. pennant, was now 1. Lew Burdette (18-12) scattered 11 hits, yielding only 2 runs as the Braves beat the Pirates (92-57), 4-2. The Braves got all 4 of their runs after there were two outs in the first inning off Bob Friend (17-12) when Hank Aaron doubled to score Ed Mathews (who had reached on a force and stole second).

Wes Covington singled Aaron home and Joe Adcoch hit a 2-run HR. Friend retired Felix Mantilla for the third out but was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the second. Mazeroski hit a one-out double in the second and after Schofield grounded out, Murtaugh sent Harry Bright up to bat for Friend. But Bright flied out to end the inning. Jim Umbricht took the mound for the Pirates in the bottom of the second. It was his first appearance since his September recall. He had last pitched for the Pirates on June 26th. Umbricht walked the bases loaded in the second inning but got out of it without any runs scoring. The Buc bullpen kept the Braves scoreless the rest of the way with Umbricht (3 innings), Labine (2 innings) and Green (2 innings) slamming the door. But the Pirates couldn’t get much going against Burdette as they hit into 4 DPs. The Pirates scored single runs in the third and ninth on solo HRs by Clemente (#16) and Stuart (#22). Clemente (.316) and Burgess (.293) each had 3 hits. Stuart (.259) had a pair of hits. Labine lowered his Pirates ERA to 0.95.

Starting lineup:

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

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