1971 PIRATES- GAME 19- DODGERS RALLY IN LATE INNINGS TO DEFEAT PIRATES/ STARGELL SETS NEW APRIL HOME RUN RECORD- LOS ANGELES 7 PIRATES 5

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1971 Pittsburgh Pirates. Game 19- Tuesday April 27, 1971. 8:05pm. Dock Ellis pitching for the Pirates against Claude Osteen for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • The Pirates and Dock Ellis were breezing through the first six innings leading 3-0. The Dodgers had only gotten three hits to that point. It all fell apart in the later innings though- the Dodgers bunched their hits together- add in a couple of walks and an error- and the Dodgers scored 4 in the 7th and 3 in the either to win 7-5.
  • The Dodgers only had two extra base hits- both from outfielder Manny Mota.
  • The Pirates had two solo home runs in the 8th- Richie Hebner had a pinch-hit home run his first of the season. Willie Stargell who went 3-4 in the game- set the record for the most home runs in the month of April when he hit #11 in the 9th-another solo shot. Second baseman Dave Cash who has been red hot since taking over at second base for Bill Mazeroski- went 4-5 from the lead off position and his now hitting .377.
  • Dock Ellis was cruising going into the seventh- but failed to retire the 5 hitters he faced in the 7th-giving up 4 runs- 2 of them earned. Veteran Bob Veale would replace Ellis and would give up 3 runs in one inning pitched. Right now the Pirates can’t seem to put it all together. When they were getting good pitching last week they weren’t scoring runs -now they the offense has picked up the pitching has gone south.
  • Dock Ellis the losing pitcher falls to 2-3. For the Dodgers Claude Osteen was knocked out in the third inning giving up 3 runs on 7 hits. Sandy Vance was the pitching star of the game for the Dodgers- going 3.2 innings of shutout relief. Vance picks up the win he is now 2-0. Pete Mickkelsen finished up and got his 2nd save of the season.
  • Attendance- 6518 Time of Game 2:46. The second game of the three game series is tomorrow night at Three Rivers Stadium- an 8:05pm start.