Saturday, November 23, 2013

Round 1: Bucs (6) upset Cubbies (3) in 4

GAME 1 - Wrigley Field
Veale vs Jenkins
Pirates 3, Cubs 1

Two runs in the top of the 6th on RBI singles by Roberto Clemente and Donn Clendenon gave the Bucs a 2-1 lead.  Bill Mazeroski's two out single in the 8th gave the Bucs an insurance run they wouldn't have to call on.  Bob Veale did a great job in 7 2/3 innings, allowing just 1 run and fanning 5.  Ron Kline got the final 4 outs with a perfect effort.  Fergie Jenkins went the distance and fanned 9, but the 3 runs that he gave up proved too much for the Cub offense to overcome.
Pirates lead series 1-0

Blass vs Hands
Cubs 7, Pirates 2

Chicago evened the score behind a solid complete game effort from Bill Hands, who struck out 6 and allowed just 2 runs on 6 hits.  Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, was a perfect 3 for 3 with 3 RBI's.  Ron Santo chipped in 2 RBI's.  Clemente hit a homer for the Bucs in a game that was never really close thanks to the Cubbies jumping out to a 4-0 lead after 3 innings.
Series tied 1-1

GAME 3 - Forbes Field
Holtzman vs Moose
Pirates 2, Cubs 1

A 2 out Maury Wills double in the bottom of the 1st scored Freddie Patek to give the Bucs a 1-0 lead.  A single by hurler Kenny Holtzman in the 5th tied it up.  Chicago had a chance to have a big inning but catcher Randy Hundley was gunned down at third trying to take the extra base.  Don Kessinger ended the inning with a 6-4-3 DP.  This would loom large because the Bucs would score the go ahead run on a Willie Stargell sac fly in the 6th to make it 2-1.  Buc starter Bob Moose was done after 6 inning of barely avoiding calamity.  Luke Walker did a wonderful job with scoreless relief over the next 2 1/3 innings before yielding to Ron Kline for the final 2 outs in the 9th.
Pirates lead series 2-1

Niekro vs Ellis
Pirates 4, Cubs 3

Things looked good after the Cubs exploded for 3 runs off of Dock Ellis in the top of the 4th to take the lead 3-2.  Ellis' leash was short and so was his time on the bump.  Relievers Tommie Sisk, Elroy Face and Ron Kline (had 3 saves in the series) combined to shutout the Cubbies the rest of the way (5 innings).  Couple that with Pitsburgh's 2 run in the bottom of the 4th to supply a 1 run lead and you have a Pirate team that held on to win and upset the Cubs in this short series.  Matty Alou's one out RBI single scored Ellis and Maury Wills for what would be the eventual winning run.
Pirates win series 3-1

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