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1960 Revisited - July 27   
By Bobster

July 27, 1960---The Pirates (56-37) completed a 3-game sweep of St.L. while the Braves were losing to the Giants, to open up a 1Ĺ game lead. George Witt, battling arm problems the past 2 years, started the game for Pittsburgh against the Cardinalsí Ray Sadecki. Witt struggled in the first inning but was bailed out by catcher Hal Smith. Julian Javier opened the game with a single. Witt struck out the next batter,

Cardsí right fielder Joe Cunningham, and Smith threw out Javier trying to steal second on the strike out for a DP. Bill White followed with another single against Witt. But Smith then threw out White trying to steal to end the inning. But that would be all for Witt, as he departed after one inning after experiencing elbow pain. Rookie Earl Francis took over in the 2nd inning. He yielded an unearned run in the third when Javier reached on a 2-out, 2-base error by Groat and scored on a single by Cunningham. The Pirates tied the game 1-1 in the top of the fourth when Groat and Clemente singled, Cimoli walked and Smith hit a sac fly. Francis held the Cardinals to an unearned run on 3 hits over 3 innings with no walks and 3 strike outs. But he left the game after the 4th inning with arm and shoulder pain. St.L. came back with 2 in the 5th against Joe Gibbon to take a 3-1 lead. The Pirates tied it 3-3 in the top of the 6th. The inning began with singles by Groat and Clemente. A wild pitch allowed Groat to score, and Clemente went all the way to third from where he scored on a Hoak single. When Gibbon walked the first 2 batters in the bottom of the 6th, Fred Green relieved him. Green got the next 3 batters without allowing a ball out of the infield. The Bucs rallied for 3 more in the 7th to take a 6-3 lead. Christopher started the rally with a one-out single and took third on Groatís single. Clemente hit a grounder to Javier at second, who was unable to record an out as Christopher scored and all hands were safe on a fielderís choice. Stuart flied out and after Sadecki was relieved by Marshall Bridges, Cimoliís single scored Groat, and then Smithís single scored Clemente. The Bucs added a run in the 8th. Mazeroski lead off with a triple. Fred Green struck out and Christopher bunted for a hit, as Mazeroski held at third. Ed Bauta replaced Bridges on the mound for the Cardinals. The Bucs then executed a squeeze with Mazeroski scoring from third on the sac bunt by Groat. Green (5-4) pitched 4 scoreless innings, giving up only 1 hit, and earning the win. Groat (.319) had 3 hits for the Pirates. Joe Christopher (.176) had his second consecutive 2-hit game. Clemente (.316) and Mazeroski (.244) also had 2 hits apiece. Julian Javier had 2 hits for the Cardinals and Ed Bauta pitched 1 2/3 hitless, scoreless innings for St.L. It was only the 3rd ML appearance for Bauta, who began the year with the Piratesí AAA Columbus team and was part of the Mizell-Javier trade in late May.

The win was costly for the Bucs. Earl Francis, who had been so effective as the right-handed compliment to Face in the bullpen since being recalled in late June, left the game with arm and shoulder problems and would not pitch again during the 1960 season. The good news was that Wittís elbow pain was not serious and he would make another start a week later. The 3-inning stint had lowered his ERA to 2.00. The 3-game sweep of the Cardinals left them 7 games behind, in 4th place at 49-44.

Starting lineup:

Christopher LF
Groat SS
Clemente RF
Stuart 1B
Cimoli CF
Smith C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Witt P

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