1971 Pirates: Game 17: Saturday April 24, 1971: 2:15pm. San Francisco vs Pittsburgh. Bob Johnson 1-0 for the Pirates vs Ron ‘Bear’ Bryant 1-0 for the Giants.
- In the mid 1970’s someone came up with the term The Lumber Company to describe the Pirates and the hitters on their team. The Pirates were a lumber company all through the decade though but at this point in the 1971 season one had to wonder what was going wrong?
- For the 4th game in a 9 game period the Pirates were shutout. The Giants Ron Bryant was the pitcher on Saturday afternoon to silence the Pirates bats. Bryant gave up 3 hits all singles- stuck out six and walked none in his complete game victory. Roberto Clemente had two of the three hits.
- Part of the problem for the Pirates -Willie Stargell who had been on a tear with 10 home runs missed another game due to a virus.
- Pirates starter Bob Johnson struck out a dozen Giant hitters but gave up 10 hits and 3 walks. He was probably lucky to have only given up 2 runs. The Giants scored their first run in the 4th when Ken Henderson tripled in Dick Dietz and their second run in the 5th when Dick Dietz doubled to left field scoring Tito Fuentes.
- The Pirates now fall to 9-8 and drop 1 1/2 games into 3rd place. The final game of the three game series is set for Sunday afternoon at Three Rivers Stadium with potential bad news for the slumping Pirates- Nellie Briles will be going against the great Giants pitcher and future Hall of Famer- Juan Marichal who is already 3-1 in the young season. Reports are though Willie Stargell is feeling better and should be back in the line-up.
- Attendance for this Saturday afternoon game- 8386 Time of Game-2:21.
- The great- Willie Mays has been kept quiet in the first two games of the series going 0-9. The only damage he has done was a sacrifice fly on Friday night. Mays turns forty in May.