After a day off the Pirates and Phillies finished their two game opening series at Three Rivers Stadium with a night game. The pitching match-up two left handers – Luke Walker for the Pirates and Woodie Fryman for the Phillies. It was a pitchers duel- a double off the bat of Pirate slugger Willie Stargell with 2 outs in the bottom of the 6th inning brought in Manny Sanguillen and Bob Robertson- and those two runs was it- the Pirates winning 2-0. Luke Walker went all the way for the Pirates striking out 4, giving up 4 hits and a walk and of course no runs. Woodie Fryman pitched well but that one mistake to Stargell did him in- he went 7 innings giving up 5 hits 2 walks and 5 strike outs.
For the Thursday night game only 12,289 showed up at Three Rivers Stadium- the game was a quick one- 1 hour 47 minutes. I will bet there isn’t a game that goes by that quickly the entire 2021 season. The Pirates are off to a good start sweeping the series against Philadelphia and at 2-0 in first place.
The stars of the game -Luke Walker with his complete game shutout- and Willie Stargell doubling in both Pirate runs.
The Phllies pitcher Woodie Fryman- a former Pirate who would pitch a total of 18 seasons in the big leagues. The story Pirate announcer Bob ‘The Gunner’ Prince would tell about Fryman was- he owned a farm in Kentucky and the Fryman family lived off of the profits of the farm- and Woodie just banked his baseball salary. Another story on Fryman which is very odd and unlikely- he didn’t sign to play professional baseball until the age of 25- and made his debut in the majors at the age of 26 with the Pirates. He would pitch until he was 43. [below is Fryman as a Pirate]