|Frank Robinson||Bob Bailey||Willie Stargell||Joey Jay||Gene Alley|
Game 1 - Pittsburgh 2 Cincinnati 3 (Veale vs. Maloney)
Four Pirate errors were the key stat in this game. Pittsburgh lead 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth when Bob Bailey booted a Boros grounder and he ended up on 2nd base. Pinch hitter Marty Keough singled Boros home, then first basemen Donn Clendenon misplayed a Harper bunt putting runners at 1st and 2nd. Pete Rose singled to load the bases and Frank Robinson hit a sac fly for the game winner.
Game 2 - Pittsburgh 6 Cincinnati 3 (Friend vs. O'Toole)
The Reds lefty did not have it today as the Pirates touched him up for 5 runs on 7 hits in 6-1/3 innings. Bob Bailey was 3 for 4 with a homerun, a double and 2 RBI's and Roberto Clemente was 2 for 5 with a triple and 2 RBI's. Bob Friend game up 1 run and 7 hits in his 6 innings of work, before giving way to Al McBean who finished the game off.
Game 3 - Cincinnati 2 Pittsburgh 3 (Purkey vs. Gibbon)
Cincinnati jumped on Joe Gibbon for 2 runs in the top of the 1st thanks to Johnny Edwards 2 run double. Bob Purkey made those 2 runs stand giving up no runs and only 3 hits through 7 innings. In the bottom of the 8th, Bill Virdon reached on a Deron Johnson error. Gibbon bunted him to 2nd and Clendenon popped to third for the 2nd out. Clemente then singed home Virdon and 'Pop' Stargell followed that with a 2 run shot that gave Pittsburgh a come from behind win.
Game 4 - Cincinnati 5 Pittsburgh 1 (Jay vs. Law)
Joey Jay took the hill as the Reds faced elimination and he responded with a big game. Jay scattered 5 hits and gave up only 1 run on a 2nd inning homer by Bill Mazeroski. to notch the win. Cincinnati supported Jay with 2 runs in the 2nd on a 2 run single by Steve Boros, and 3 runs in the 6th keyed by a 2 RBI double from Johnny Edwards.
Game 5 - Pittsburgh 5 Cincinnati 4 (Veale vs. Maloney)
A rematch of game one saw Pittsburgh score in the top of the 1st on an RBI single by Jim Pagliaroni. In the bottom of the 3rd, the Reds struck back with 3 runs on hits by Frank Robinson (1 RBI) and Vada Pinson (2 RBIs). The Pirates pulled to within 1 run when Willie Stargell launched his 2nd homerun of the series. Cincinnati got that run back in the bottom of the 7th on Pete Rose's RBI single to take a 4-2 lead into the 8th. Just as in game 3, the wheels came off for the Reds in the 8th. After Clendenon singled, moved to 2nd on a wild pitch, and Clemente singled him to third, Bill Henry came on to face Stargell. Stargell hit a sac fly to right to score Clendenon and Bailey grounded into what looked like a routine double play, but he beat Rose's throw to first. With two outs, Pagliaroni, Mazeroski, and Gene Alley all singled bringing in 2 more runs and giving the Pirates a 5-4 lead. Al McBean breezed through the final 2 innings to send Pittsburgh on to face Philadelphia. A particular note in the series was the fact that the Reds who hit more homeruns during the regular season than Pittsburgh, had none in the series while the Pirates had 5.
--submitted by Brandon Hayes (CIN)--