8/1-8/2 - Candlestick Park
GAME 1 - Pirates 3, Giants 2
Bob Friend went to the hill today looking to defend Pirate honor and in the process try to recapture some of that magic that made the Bucs a special team in 1960. Friend spotted the Jints a 1-0 lead when the Say Hey Kid, Willie Mays doubled home Harvey Kuenn in the bottom of the 3rd. After that it would be all Friend, who wasn't overly friendly to Giant hitters minus a solo shot by Ed Bressoud in the 7th that tied the game at 2 all. While Friend was taming the Giant hitters, Juan Marichal was doing the same vs the Bucs. The Dominican Dandy was going toe to toe with friend until the top of the 9th when Dick Groat singled home Ducky Schofield to provide the go ahead run, which would be Pittsburgh's margin for victory.
GAME 2 - Giants 5, Pirates 0
Lefties John Gibbon and Mike McCormick locked up in a scoreless pitcher's duel until Felipe Alou led off the bottom of the 6th with a homer. Gibbon would right the ship fast, but then find himself torpedoed by the Giants offense to the tune of 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th. The key blow being delivered by the Baby Bull, Orlando Cepeda...a two run shot that put the Giants up 4-0. McCormick would throw a tidy two hitter that included singles by Don Hoak in the 5th and a two out double by Hoak in the 7th. No Pirate runner advanced past second.
8/4-8/5 - Forbes Field
GAME 3 - Giants 4, Pirates 2
The West Coasts version of the M&M boys (Mays and McCovey) launched an aerial barrage on “Mr. Imperfect”, Harvey Haddix that powered the Jints to victory. Willie Mays would actually hit 2 round trippers. McCovey's shot would break up a 2-2 tie in the 6th. Jack Sanford would give up only 2 unearned runs in 7 1/3 innings of work. Stu Miller would fan 3 of the 5 batters he faced while notching the save & putting San Fran up 2 games to 1.
GAME 4 - Pirates 7, Giants 6
On a gloomy afternoon mother nature took control and allowed the heavens to open up with a deluge in the middle of the 7th. Play was stalled for almost an hour and at times it looked like the game would be called. If it had been called the Bucs would have had a 6-5 victory. Instead the Giants returned from the break with some added energy. Bobby Shantz, who pitched a scoreless 8th for the Bucs returned for the 9th, but would not be as lucky. The diminutive lefty gave up a mammoth 2 run shot to "Cha Cha", Orlando Cepeda, which would be the difference maker. Giant reliever Stu Miller would come on to get Smoky Burgess to ground out to third for the final out of the game and the series.