- 1909 - The Tigers jumped on Howie Camnitz early, scoring five times in the second and third innings, in a 7-2 win over the Bucs at Forbes Field, squaring the World Series at a game apiece. Wild Bill Donovan limited the Pirates to five hits with seven K. Tommy Leach was the only Pittsburgh batter to solve him, delivering a pair of doubles. Ty Cobb stole home against reliever Vic Willis to punctuate the win.
|Vern Law 2016 Topps Archives|
- 1960 - Vern Law won his second game against the Yankees‚ thanks to his own two-out RBI double followed by Bill Virdon's two-run knock in the fifth inning. Roy Face retired the final eight Bronx Bombers for the save at Yankee Stadium. The 3-2 win evened the Series after a pair of NY runaways. The game’s big play was Virdon’s leaping grab of a Bob Cerv drive at the wall (he and Roberto actually crashed into one another at the fence) in the seventh inning, saving a pair of runs.
- 1971 - Pittsburgh scored three times in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of the World Series at Memorial Stadium on just one rap. But the Birds came back on the strength of three homers, the killing blast delivered by Merv Rettenmund that chased home three runs, to take the lidlifter 5-3. Dave McNally tossed a three-hitter to earn the win while sore-armed Dock Ellis took the loss in his only appearance of the Series.
- 1972 - The Pirates overcame an early 2-0 deficit and nipped the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium 3-2 to take a two games to one lead in the NLCS. Manny Sanguillen homered and had a pair of RBI to back winner Bruce Kison and Dave Giusti, who earned the save.
- 1974 - The Bucs were eliminated from the NLCS three games to one by LA as Don Sutton tossed a one-hitter in a 12-1 thrashing at Dodger Stadium. Steve Garvey had four hits, including two homers, with four runs scored and four RBI to lead the Big Blue onslaught. The Oakland A’s rolled over the Dodgers in five games to claim their third straight World Series crown.
- 1990 - The Pirates fell behind three games-to-one in the NLCS by dropping a 5-3 decision to the Reds at TRS as Jose Rijo topped Bob Walk. Paul O’Neill & Chris Sabo homered for Cincinnati while Jay Bell went long for Pittsburgh & Chico Lind added a pair of hits.
|Doug Drabek 1991 Upper Deck|
- 1991 - Doug Drabek and Bob Walk combined on a five-hitter as the Bucs won the opening game of the NLCS 5-1 against the Atlanta Braves and Tom Glavine at TRS. Andy Van Slyke had two hits, two runs, and two RBI with a homer and double; Bobby Bonilla also had two knocks, scoring and plating a run.
- 1992 - Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield pitched Pittsburgh to a 3-2 victory over the Braves at TRS‚ giving the Pirates their first win in the NLCS. Wakefield was the first rookie to start a NL playoff game since Philadelphia's Charles Hudson in 1983 and showed well, allowing five hits in a complete game performance. The Bravo runs were off solo shots by Sid Bream and Ron Gant. Gary Redus went 3-for-3 with a 2B, 3B and walk while Don Slaught added a homer for the Bucs.
- 2013 - The Pirate playoff run ended 6-1 at Busch Stadium as two-run homers by David Freese and Matt Adams gave Adam Wainwright all the muscle he needed to take the fifth and deciding game of the NLDS. Gerrit Cole pitched well, but after he was pulled for a pinch hitter in the sixth, the Cards scored four times off the Bucco bullpen. Pedro Alvarez singled home the lone score, giving him a MLB record for chasing home a run in each of his first six postseason contests. The Redbirds made it to the World Series, where Boston bested them in six games.