Thursday, August 3, 2017

8/3 From the 60s Forward: Run Away Day, Drabek's Near No-No, Chapman Beans Cutch, Game Stories

  • 1961 - The Pirates ran away with a 19-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium for the largest shutout score in an NL night game. The Bucs banged out 24 hits against Al Cicotte, Bob Miller and Lindy McDaniel while Harvey Haddix tossed a four hitter for Pittsburgh. It was the most lopsided shutout in modern NL history at the time, tying a record first set in 1906. Smoky Burgess had six RBI with a pair of homers and Dick Stuart drove in five more, adding a long ball. Bob Skinner and Roberto Clemente scored four times. Clemente had five hits and Bill Mazeroski four. 
Smoky Burgess 1961 Topps
  • 1975 - The Bucs eked out a pair in sweeping the Mets in a twin bill at TRS. Pittsburgh took the opener 5-4 in 15 innings when Duffy Dyer led off the extra frame with a homer off Bob Apodaca. Dave Giusti tossed five innings of two hit relief, Al Oliver went 4-for-6, and Larry Demery, the fifth Bucco hurler, got the win. The Pirates jumped to an early lead in the nitecap and hung on for a 4-3 victory, spurred on by Richie Hebner’s 3-for-3 day with a double, homer and four RBI to back John Candelaria.
  • 1989 - A pair of unlikely offensive heroes, Rafael Belliard and Benny DiStefano, teamed up to give the Bucs an extra inning 1-0 win at TRS. With two down in the twelfth, Belliard singled through the left side off Andy McGaffigan, stole second and scored on DiStefano’s knock to left center. Bob Walk tossed eight innings of four hit ball, but the victory went to Doug Bair. 
  • 1990 - Doug Drabek, who captured the 1990 Cy Young Award, was one out away from a no-hitter in Philadelphia when he gave up a single through the second base hole to Sil Campusano, who was hitting .188 at the time. The game was a bit lopsided; the Bucs outhit the Phils 18-1 and outscored them 11-0 at Veterans Stadium. Andy Van Slyke and Sid Bream each had a homer and double, combining for seven RBI.
Doug Drabek 1990 Leaf
  • 1999 - The Bucs bopped the Atlanta Braves 7-1 at TRS. Brian Giles bombed a pair of homers good for four RBI while Al Martin, Kevin Young and Warren Morris added solo shots. Kris Benson went eight innings of four hit ball for the win. 
  • 2010 - The Pirates jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 at PNC Park. Neil Walker went 3-for-4 with four RBI while Jose Tabata had a pair of hits, two runs scored and one driven home. After Paul Maholm and Evan Meek barely kept the Bucs above water, Joel Hanrahan shut the door in the ninth with a pair of punchouts. 
  • 2012 - Not only did the Pirates lose 3-0 to the Reds at GABP, but Aroldis Chapman added insult to injury by drilling Andrew McCutchen with a 100 MPH heater with two outs in the ninth. It caused a public furor when the Pirates didn’t go old school and retaliate the next day with James McDonald on the hill. It only intensified when three Bucs were hit in the last two games of the series without a Red getting buzzed, with the fans believing that the lack of response affected clubhouse chemistry. The Pirates were 60-44 going into the game, but the loss triggered a 19-39 finish.

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