Game Six: Yankees blast Pirates, 12-0
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The buc(k) was deflated again yesterday.
And one of these days the Pirates might score a run off Whitey Ford. Yesterday they came closer than in their previous effort. They got a man to third base on the Yankee lefthander before 38,580 Forbes Field patrons.
And now after that 12-0 belting the Series is all even between the Bucs and the Yanks and someone has to win it today.
The Yanks erased some more marks from the book, just as they have done all through this Series.
For Ford, it was his first victory away from the Yankee Stadium in the World Series as he short-changed the Bucs again with a seven-hitter.
Maybe he was tired, pitching with only three days rest, because in his earlier 10-0 decision over the National Leaguers he gave them just four hits.
Once more Bob Friend was beaten. This time with no excuses as the Yanks clobbered him for five of their seven markers over two and a third innings of work. This was his second setback of the series and now everything for the Bucs depends on the Deacon (Vern Law) and Roy Face this afternoon.
The Yanks slugged 17 hits -- and not a home run in the lot -- as they set series records of 46 total runs and 78 total hits.
This was the highest shutout -- if it can be called such a thing -- in series history. Previously Dizzy Dean in 1934 and Early Wynn last fall, with Gerry Staley's help, pitched 11-0 victories over Detroit and Los Angeles respectively.
Bobby Richardson, the little one with the big Yanks, drove in three more runs to raise his record-breaking RBI total to 12 for the six games.
It was scoop when Manager Casey Stengel said, "This is now down to a one-game series."
Just to add ignominy to the situation for the Pirates, was that fact that Ford reportedly pitched with a blister on his hand from the fourth inning on until when Hal Smith hit into a game-ending double play.
The Yanks clobbered Friend, Tom Cheney, Vinegar Bend Mizell, Fred Green and Red Witt.
John Blanchard, who replaced Elston Howard back of the plate in the Pirate second, had three of them. And so did Roger Maris and Yogi Berra, who sets a record every time he drops one in safely somewhere.
Howard departed after being hit with a Friend pitch on his right hand in the second. He has a complete fracture at the base of the fifth metacarpal and is out for the Series and any brainstorming he might have had in mind when it is over.
This was a shambles, just as were the second and third games and any respect the Pirates might have accumulated, went down the hatch with their pitching of yesterday.
They all -- the Yankees -- had at least one hit during the long afternoon.
Friend headed for his own downfall in the second when he walked Berra with one out. Bill Skowron hit to right and that meant a first and third situation. Howard was then hit with a pitch to fill the bases and Eli Grha ran for him.
Richardson flied to short center but then Friend couldn't glove Ford's hot bouncer to him. It bounded off toward the third base side and Yogi came home.
In the next one, Dan Murtaugh had to dip into his bullpen with not too much success. It was early for Face and he called on Cheney.
Tony Kubek was hit with a pitch and Maris doubled to right.
Mickey Mantle singled through the hole and that was two runs. Yogi hit one to center putting Mantle on third. Mickey scored when Skowron flied to Bob Clemente.
Now came a single by Blanchard and a double to left by Richardson to score the final two runs of that five-run inning.
The sacrifice fly and the last two hits were against Cheney.
There was a letup for two innings against Mizell but the resumption came in the sixth against Green and Labine.
Green was rapped by Clete Boyer for a triple and a single for a run by Kubek before another single by Maris brought Labine out of the pen.
The Pirates had two of their six hits in the first inning. After a leadoff single by Virdon, Dick Groat hit into a double play, Clemente singled but Dick Stuart struck out.
They didn't get another chance until the fifth when Smith collected his second hit and Hoak drew a walk. Then the only Buc to reach third -- Smith got there when Mazeroski hit into a double play.
The scoring threats ended right there as Ford pitched his second shutout of the series and of course, second Yank victory. Now Casey can stay another day.
The Post-Gazette continues its game-by-game look back at the 1960 World Series in anticipation of a special section Wednesday -- 50 years to the day after the Pirates' improbable Game 7 victory.
Ford pitched his second complete game and second shutout of the series. He allowed the Pirates just seven hits while striking out five and walking just one.
First Published October 12, 2010 12:35 am