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1960 Revisited - September 27   
By Bobster

Tuesday, September 27, 1960---With the Pirates having clinched the N.L. pennant, some unfamiliar faces made their way into the starting lineup against the Reds before 22,162 fans at Forbes Field. Joe Christopher played CF, Bob Oldis (.200), who had caught two other Tom Cheney starts, started his third game of the season and Dick Barone, a September call-up after Groat’s injury, started at shortstop. Also, Gene Baker replaced Hoak at third base in the fourth inning. It turned out to be a great game.

Cheney opposed former Pirate Bob Purkey. The Pirates got to Purkey immediately with 3 in the bottom of the first inning. Christopher, who would collect 5 hits, led off with a single and, one out later, Clemente singled. Dick Stuart then launched his 23rd HR of the year to make it 3-0. Purkey settled down and the Reds got a run in the fourth when Cheney walked Vada Pinson and Frank Robinson and then Ed Bailey got an RBI-single. Further damage was avoided when Clemente threw behind Bailey and the Reds catcher was caught as Stuart threw to Mazeroski for the out. Clemente was credited with his 18th assist of the season. The Reds tied it in the 7th. Cheney gave up consecutive one-out singles to Rogelio Alvarez and Cliff Cook and a run scoring double to Roy McMillan. Jerry Lynch then batted for Purkey and Cheney threw a wild pitch to tie the score at 3-3. Purkey was replaced by Orlando Pena who continued to shut down the Pirates. Cheney pitched 9 innings, giving up 7 hits, 4 walks and striking out 9. The Bucs threatened in the bottom of the ninth. Barone popped up for the first out. Mickey Vernon batted for Cheney and grounded out. But then Christopher and Skinner both singled to put runners on first and third. Pena got out of the jam by striking out Clemente.

Diomedes Olivo held the Reds scoreless in 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th innings on 2 hits, a walk and 6 Ks. Pena shut out the Bucs in the tenth, for his 4th inning of scoreless relief. In the 11th, Pena gave way to Cal McLish. McLish held the Bucs scoreless in the 11th, 12th and 13th. But the 13th was not without a scare for the Reds. Stuart struck out to open the inning but Bob Oldis cracked a double (only his fourth hit of the year as well as his first double). Groat, making his first appearance since fracturing his wrist, ran for Oldis. Baker grounded out, sending Groat to third. McLish then intentionally walked Mazeroski and Burgess (batting for Barone). Nelson batted for Olivo and flew out to end the 13th. Jim Umbricht shut out the Reds in the 14th and 15th, while McLish did the same to the Pirates. Fred Green pitched a perfect 16th inning and the Pirates finally ended the contest in the bottom of the 16th. Stuart started the rally with a double and was run for by Gino Cimoli. Dick Schofield, who entered the game in the 14th inning, singled to drive in Cimoli with the winning run. Green (8-4) got the win. McLish, who worked 5 1/3 innings in relief, took the loss. McLish finished the season with a 4-14 record, which included 0-7 versus the Pirates.

The Pirates used 20 players in the game. Christopher (.240) went 5 for 7. Stuart (.256) and Gene Baker (.222) each had 2 hits. With Cheney’s 9 Ks, Olivo’s 6 Ks, 3 by Umbricht and 1 by Green, the Buc hurlers combined for 19 Ks.

Starting lineup:

Christopher CF
Skinner LF
Clemente RF
Stuart 1B
Oldis C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Barone SS
Cheney P

Meanwhile, the red-hot Yankees won their 11th straight, 5-1 over the Senators. In Los Angeles, the Dodgers, behind Roger Craig (8-3), defeated the Cardinals 5-1. Cards ace Ernie Broglio (21-8) took the loss as the Dodgers' Norm Larker went 1 for 2 with a pair of walks. Larker’s average now stood at .325, tied with Groat.

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