Tuesday, August 23, 2016

8/23: Mini No-No, Roberto Back-to-Back 5 Hits, Drysdale Drops a Pair & More...

  • 1907 - Howie Camnitz threw a five-inning no-hitter with four walks against Mike Lynch and the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. The game was the nitecap of a doubleheader. After the first match went extra innings (the Pirates won 4-2 in 10 frames behind Sam Leever and Honus Wagner’s three hits), the teams agreed to a shortened second game. Pittsburgh won 1-0.
  • 1910 - Despite manager and LF’er Fred Clarke’s four assists from the outfield, the Bucs fell 6-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies at Forbes Field. Clarke’s four toss-outs - one at home, another at third, and two more at second - set an individual NL record. He also made a neat running catch in the eighth inning to take away extra bases from John Titus. Chief Wilson added another assist from RF, and the team total of five for a game tied an NL mark.
Fred Clarke 1909 Pittsburg Press
  • 1959 - The Pirates swept a doubleheader from the Dodgers‚ beating Don Drysdale in both games. As a starter‚ Drysdale lost the opener 9-2, lasting 2-2/3 frames‚ then relieved in the nitecap, taking a 4-3 loss in the 10th inning. ElRoy Face won his 16th of the year without a loss in the second game, equaling Cal Hubbell's (1936) and Ewell Blackwell's (1947) record streaks.
  • 1970 - Roberto Clemente had his second straight five-hit game against Los Angeles, the first major leaguer this century to collect 10 hits in consecutive games. Clemente banged a homer, double, three RBI and scored four runs in the 11-0 win at Dodger Stadium. Bill Mazeroski added four hits while Freddy Patek, Matty Alou, and Manny Sanguillen each had three knocks. Steve Blass cruised to the victory, tossing a complete game four-hitter with eight whiffs.
  • 2001 - The Pirates defeated the Diamondbacks 5-1 despite a 16 strikeout performance by Randy Johnson, who became the first pitcher in history to fan 300 batters in four straight seasons. The big blows off the Big Unit were a two-run homer by Kevin Young and two-run pinch-hit double by Keith Osik, both in the seventh.
Keith Osik 2001 Topps
  • 2014 - The Pirates 4-5-6 hitters (Neil Walker, Russ Martin & Pedro Alvarez) went 7-for-11 with three walks, two doubles, three homers, six runs scored and 10 RBI to help rough up the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2 at Miller Park. Alvarez hit a pair of opposite field homers after a six week long ball drought, one of them coming back-to-back following Martin’s blast into the bullpen. Edinson Volquez got the win with clutch pitching - he gave up 11 hits in 5-⅔ IP, but stranded runners at second and third with no outs and later in the game worked out of a bases loaded jam with one out and Ryan Braun up & Aramis Ramirez on deck, getting an infield pop and swinging K.

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