1971 PIRATES- GAME 14- STARGELL’S THREE HOME RUNS LEADS PIRATES TO 10-2 VICTORY OVER BRAVES

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1971 Pirates- Game 14- Braves vs Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. Wednesday April 21, 1971, 8:05 pm. Starting pitchers Pirates Dock Ellis 1-2 vs Braves Jim Nash 1-0.

  • Willie Stargell continues his historical April of 1971- hitting three home runs tonight in leading the Pirates to a 10-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. The Pirates whose offense had been slumping in the past week- having been shut out twice [to future Hall of Fame pitchers Tom Seaver and Phil Niekro] had scored only 6 runs in a 5 game period-broke out with 14 hits tonight. Stargell went 3-4 5 RBI’s- the three home runs runs his total to 9 on the young season. Bob Robertson went 2-4 with a home run.
  • Dock Ellis the Pirates starting pitcher went the distance giving up 2 runs , 1 earned run, 5 hits and 3 strike outs. He didn’t walk anyone. His record improves to 2-2 on the season. Braves starter Jim Nash only lasted four innings and gave up 2 of Stargell’s home runs- and 4 runs before being taken out.
  • The Pirates improve their record to 8-6 on the season and remain 1/2 game out of first place in the NL East.
  • Attendance 7,992, Time of game- 2 hours 6 minutes.
  • The three game series between the Pirates and Braves will conclude Thursday night.

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14 responses to “1971 PIRATES- GAME 14- STARGELL’S THREE HOME RUNS LEADS PIRATES TO 10-2 VICTORY OVER BRAVES

  1. 7,992….that was low even back then. I can’t imagine 2 hours and 6 minute games. Not a million pitcher changes and tv commercials and time outs.

    • The Pirates drew in the 1970’s like a cellar dwelling club… the Pirates that season didn’t have a game that clocked in at 3 hours plus until their 29th game of the season- on May 9th….. pitchers today seem to pitch to every hitter like he is Babe Ruth- nibble nibble nibble. Throw Strikes!

    • I didn’t know they drew so little back then.
      I know lineups are deeper but yea…the same principle is still relevant…throw strikes.

    • Yes…I hope the Dodger’s bats wake up. They have been slumping at the plate lately…being at home should help.

    • The only sad point to the week was Bumgarner’s 7 inning no no. No baseball game should be seven innings, and you really can’t call it a no hitter. I was devastated to see the game cut short.
      I am a Giant’s fan myself….but the Padres look amazing this year, and I have to admit I really quite enjoy hating the Dodgers and Bauer…

    • i agree with you on the 7 inning games – insane.. and i also agree seven inning game can’t be a no-hitter…

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