Game Five: We had 'em all the way, 5-2
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The Pirates used their 150-pounders against the Yankee strong men today and now go home to Forbes Field leading the World Series three games to two.
Harvey Haddix and the Bullpen Baron -- Roy Face -- served up the 5-2 decision today before 62,753 fans in Yankee Stadium.
The Baron came on for the second day in a row to muzzle the Yank thunder that had all but taken the Pirates apart. He bailed Harv out in the seventh inning, just as he walked on to get Vernon Law out of trouble yesterday.
A Yankee error helped the Pirates off to a three-run lead in the second inning and the American Leaguers never caught the Bucs. The error enabled the Pirates to grab two unearned runs.
The daily Yankee homer came off the bat of Roger Maris in the third inning and it was the eighth one they have hit against Pirate pitching. The Pirates have hit one homer.
The loser to Haddix was Art Ditmar, who dropped the opening decision to Law in Forbes Field, where this will resume Wednesday afternoon.
Little Harvey, after a shaky start when he was wild, gave only three hits up to the seventh inning.
Then Don Hoak caught a line shot off Bobby Richardson's bat but Tony Kubek and Hec Lopez rapped successive singles.
Manager Danny Murtaugh came out then and gave the familiar sign to the umpires waving his hand about knee high -- and that meant the entrance of the Baron.
It took Elroy quite a while to make a long walk, after hopping over the bullpen fence in left field. But as usual he was worth waiting for.
The little man came close to getting out of the inning in a hurry, but the Groat to Mazeroski to Stuart double play effort missed, although they got the force at second on Gil McDougald's grounder. Then the Baron struck out Maris.
He had retired 11 straight Yanks in two days before he walked Mickey Mantle with one out in the eighth. But that was the best they could do as he retired the following five batters.
And as a reward he will get a day off as tomorrow is an open date, before the Bucs resume in the home playground what they started in the Yankee yard.
Ditmar's kayo came in the second inning, an inning later than it happened in the first game.
Following him were Louis Arroyo, Bill Stafford and Ryne Duren.
But those Bucs 150-pounders, Haddix and Face, had enough to work with before any of them arrived -- those three second inning runs.
Hoak and Bill Mazeroski each drove in two markers for the NL champs. The big one being a two-run double by Maz in the second, after McDougald dropped a throw that kept the Bucs going. Stafford pitched quite well for himself, giving two infield hits and a double to Bill Virdon, in the five innings he worked in relief.
Three Bucs runs came off Ditmar, another off Arroyo and the final off Duren in the ninth.
The Pirates had 10 hits, their biggest production since they came to New York, with only Gino Cimoli missing the column. Smoky Burgess and Hoak had a pair each.
Haddix struck out six Yanks, five of them from the fourth through the sixth inning.
The Baron whiffed just one in making his third saving appearance of the Series and that was Maris in the seventh.
The Pirates started the second when Dick Stuart singled to left and was forced by Cimoli. Smoky then doubled over first base and Hoak hit two short. Cimoli came home and Kubek threw to McDougald in an effort to get Burgess at third: But the Yank third-sacker had the ball bounce out of his glove and Burgess was safe and Hoak on second.
Maz' double came at this point, a one-bouncer that hit slightly down the third baseline and went high over McDougald's head. In came Burgess and Hoak for a three-run lead.
One of these was cut off in the Yank half. Elston Howard doubled to right and got home on infield outs by Bobby Richardson and Kubek.
In the third inning Dick Groat doubled to left against Arroyo, and Bob Clemente singled him across.
This was erased by Maris, who hit his second homer of the Series, up into the second deck of the right field stands.
Things stood at 4-2 until the Pirate ninth when another bit of shoddy Yankee defensive work gave an assist.
Burgess singled to left and went to second when Bob Cerv fumbled the ball. Joe Christopher did the running and hurried to third on a wild pitch. Hoak singled past the mound into center and the last run in New York came home.
First Published October 11, 2010 12:00 am