Game Two: Pirate Second Victory Slightly Delayed / Beat 'Em Bucs, Next Time!
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Oct. 6, 1960 -- The Pirates were clobbered 16-3 and that's about all that can be said about yesterday for the National League representative in the World Series.
The Yankees slugged six of Dan Murtaugh's hurlers for 19 hits as they evened the Series, which now moves to New York for three games.
The 37,308 fans in Forbes Field had little to be contented about, considering of course that most of them were home rooters.
They did Oh, and Ah, as Mickey Mantle rocketed two homers out of the joint and drove in five runs to become only the fourth player to send home that many in one Series game. The others were Tony Lazzeri and Bill Dickey of the Yanks in 1936 and Ted Kluszewski with last season's Whitesox.
The Pirates were quite inept against Bob Turley, when it was necessary to provide some runs. They had 13 hits, but also left that many runners sitting around the bases.
The 32 total hits erased the record of 30 by the Cardinals and Redsox back in 1946.
The Yank power was too much for Bob Friend - the loser - Fred Green, Clem Labine, Red Witt, George Gibbon and Tom Cheney.
They were all bounced around a bit and in the sixth inning, for example, the Yanks scored seven times on seven hits against Green, Labine and Witt.
Every Yankee except the one who led the American League in runs batted in - Roger Maris - drove in at least one. Maris had 112 during the year. But they all had a base hot or two, with Tony Kubek and Bobby Richardson getting three each.
The Yankee hits during the long afternoon were enough for 30 total bases. And the peculiar part of their offense was that they struck out 11 times against the assorted Pirate pitching.
The scoring binge they were on in the sixth equaled their previous one-round high in a World Series, it being the third time they scored seven in an inning.
And the pair of Pirate runs in the closing inning of the day brought the margin of victory down to 13 runs. The best in the past was a 14-run difference when the Yanks beat the Giants, 18-4 in the Polo Grounds in 1936.
Mantle's first homer came off Green in the fifth inning when he hit righthanded and sent a pitch into the right field stands about 400 feet away from where it started. The second was hit off Joe Gibbon, also the right side and sailed out of the park over the 436 mark in right center. Dale Long, Duke Snider and Stan Musial have hit balls out at or right near that spot and this makes Mantle the first right batter to clear the park there.
Turley was lifted in the ninth after three Buc hits and Bobby Shantz came on to get Don Hoak to hit into the game-ending double play. Casey Stengel later said he thought Turley was a bit tired from the long afternoon.
It brought Turley his fourth Series decision in seven verdicts as he was making his eighth start.
The Yank scoring started against Friend in the third inning.
He walked Richardson, then Turley bunted the third strike for a sacrifice. Kubek got the run over with a single to center and Gil McDougald doubled to left and home went Kubek to make it 2-0.
In the fourth a Richardson single, a passed ball and single by Turley ran the lead up another run.
Green came back on in the fifth and walked McDougald, who was forced by Maris. Here Mantle inserted his homer into the right field stands.
But there was no doubt from there on because the seven-run inning went up on the blackboard in the sixth, as 12 Yankees went to the plate. No telling how many it might have been without Turley in the lineup, as he made two of the outs.
First Published October 10, 2010 12:00 am