1971 Pirates: Game 7- Tuesday April 13, 1971- Pirates vs Phillies at Veteran’s Stadium, Philadelphia. 7:39 pm- the pitching match up- Luke Walker for the Pirates against Chris Short for the Phillies.
- After falling behind 3-0 to the Phillies in the third inning the Pirates scored 3 in the 5th, 4 in the 8th and added 2 more in the 9th to defeat the Phillies for the fourth straight time this season by the score of 9-3. Catcher Manny Sanguillen opened the Pirates scoring with a 3 run home run in the 5th. The usually light hitting shortstop Jackie Hernandez who in the first week of the season was off to a great start as a Pirate- hit a 3 run home run in the 8th- Hernandez would only hit 3 home runs and bat .206 on the season-but at this point his average was .444. The third Pirate home run came off the bat of pitcher Nellie Briles who hit a solo shot in the 9th. In the 9th inning sluggers Bob Robertson and Willie Stargell hit back to back home runs off of reliever Billy Champion- it was the second homer for Robinson and Stargell’s 5th of the season in the first seven games. All 9 Pirates runs came as a result of home runs. Nellie Briles would pick up the win going 3.1 inning in relief of Luke Walker who pitched only 4 innings and Jim Nelson who in middle relief pitched 1 2/3rds innings of scoreless ball. For the Phillies Chris Short gave up 4 runs in 7.2 innings- and suffered the loss- his second loss to the Pirates in a week.
- Attendance was 14, 934 and the time of game 2 hours 28 minutes. The Pirates improve to 5-2 on the season and stand alone in first place with a one game lead over the New York Mets.
- A note on the Phillies catcher Mike Ryan who went 0-2 in tonight’s game. He would play 11 years in the major leagues- two years he was a regular. A great defensive catcher [the reason he had an 11 year long career] he was one of the worst hitters in major league history. Since 1930 the only non-pitcher with 1000 career or more at bats who had a worse batting average than Ryan’s .193 was Ray Oyler who hit .175. Ryan would finish his playing career with the Pirates in 1974 and would then go back to the Phillies a minor league coach and manager and as a coach for 16 seasons with the Phillies. Over baseball history catcher is a position you teams will accept offensive deficiencies if you are outstanding defensively and can handle a pitching staff.