1971 Pirates- Game 6: Monday April 12, 1971- Pirates 4 Phillies 3 in 11 innings.
- The Pirates 4th game on a 10 game eastern road trip- arrive in Philadelphia for a 3 games set at Veteran’s Stadium. The Pirates and Phillies had opened the season last week with two games in Pittsburgh -the Pirates winning both of those games.
- The pitching match-up tonight Bob Johnson who was acquired from Kansas City during the off-season for the Pirates against Rick Wise for the Phillies. The Pirates entered the game with a 3-2 record- and a half game out of first place. The Phillies 2-2.
- The Phillies had just opened Veteran’s Stadium two days earlier. It was another cookie- cutter stadium like Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh and Riverfront in Cincinnati built in the early 1970’s. A multi-sport stadium. I would go to games in all three stadiums [I refuse to call these three places ballparks] and if you had been to one of them you’d been to all of them. Not good places to watch the game of baseball. All three stadiums were outdoors parks but featured artificial turf- thankfully there are only two artificial turf baseball parks left. By the time these stadiums lives ended they were dumps.Thankfully the cookie-cutter era of baseball stadiums are now long into the past.
- The Pirates got on the board first with 2 runs in the top of the 2nd inning with one out Bob Robertson doubled to left. Manny Sanguillen singled to center field scoring Robertson with Sangy going to second on the throw home. Shortstop Jackie Hernandez singled to right field scoring Sangy.
- The Phillies struck back in the bottom of the 3rd when pitcher Rick Wise [an excellent hitting pitcher- later in the season he would pitch a no-hitter- and hit two home runs in the same game. He would hit 6 home runs in 1971 and 15 in his career]- got a single, Larry Bowa reached first on first baseman Bob Robertson’s error and then Don Money with one swing of the bat put the Phillies ahead 3-2 with a 3 run home run to left field. It would be the only three runs the Phillies would get in the game.
- Another note on Phillies pitcher Rick Wise. He was a pretty good pitcher-he did win 188 games in his career but he will always be remembered for the trade after the 1971 season which sent him to the Cardinals for Steve Carlton. Carlton would go on to win 27 games in 1972 with the last place Phillies and go on to win 329 games in his career. Carlton the best left handed pitcher of his era would go on to the Hall of Fame.
- The Pirates tied it in the 6th on a Bob Robertson solo home run- his first of the season.
- The game would stay tied -and go extra innings. In the Pirates 11th with 2 on and one out Willie Stargell came through singling to right field scoring Dave Cash and giving the Pirates a 4-3 lead. The Pirates relief ace Dave Giusti who had came in for Bob Johnson to pitch in the 10th- retired the Phillies 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 11th and the Pirates break their 2 game losing streak with a 4-3 victory. Giusti the winning pitcher 1-0 on the season- Dick Selma the loser in relief 0-1.
- 19.469 in attendance- time of game 2:55. Only six games into the season the Pirates tied for first place. The next game Tuesday night again against the Phillies with Luke Walker who had shut out the Phillies last Thursday in Pittsburgh going against Chris Short for the Phillies.