1971 Pirates: Game 8: Wednesday April 14, 7:36 pm. Bob Moose going for the Pirates and Woodie Fryman for the Phillies.
- Pirates pitching which had started the season so strong- 18 runs given up in the first 7 games- failed in the late innings tonight. Going into the bottom of the 7th with a 4-2 lead the Phillies rallied for 2 runs in the 7th off of starter Bob Moose and 2 more in the 8th off of reliever Jim ‘Mudcat’ Grant-as the Phillies after losing the first four games against the PIrates this year salvaged the final game of the three game series at Veterans Stadium in Philly.
- Hot hitting first baseman Bob Robertson hit his 3rd home run of the season in the third inning ,catcher Manny Sanguillen went 2-5 with an RBI and Willie Stargell had a single and two RBI’s leading the Pirates hitting.
- Jim’ Mudcat’ Grant who took over for Bob Moose with one out in the 7th was tagged with the loss- for the Phillies reliever Joe Hoerner who came in in the 8th benefited from the late inning Phillies rally and picked up the win. Dick Selma picked up the save. It was the left-hander Joe Hoerner that Willie Stargell once said ‘Hitting him is like trying to eat soup with a fork.”
- The Pirates now stand at 5-3 on the season and remain 1/2 game in first place. They head to New York to face the Mets at Shea Stadium for four games- single games Friday and Saturday with a scheduled double-header set for Sunday afternoon.
- Attendance 8,379 Time of Game-2:34.
- Note on the Phillies- The National League and American League each broke up into two- six team divisions in 1969- the Phillies would finish 5th in 1969 and 1970 and last place from 1971-73. But they were slowly starting to build a team. In 1974 they finished 3rd with an 80-82 record and in 1975 had their first winning record since 1967 when they finished second. This 1971 team had shortstop Larry Bowa- a pesky ballplayer. I think during this era the opposing player I disliked the most was Bowa. He was an aggressive little guy [he is listed as being 5’10’ 155] who just irritated you. He did get the most out of his talent. The highest compliment I can give him- as much as I grew to dislike Bowa and the Phillies in the second half of the decade when they won three straight division titles over the Pirates- if he had been a Pirate he would have been one of my favorites.