1971 Pirates: Game 24: Sunday May 2, 1971. San Diego Padres [5-17] vs Pittsburgh Pirates [13-10]- Dock Ellis pitching for the Pirates 2-3 vs Steve Arlin for the Padres 0-3.
- A four run 7th inning by the Pirates broke up a 1-1 tie – leading the way to a 5-1 Pirates victory and a three game sweep against the lowly Padres.
- It took until the bottom of the 7th for the Pirates to get to Padres starter Steve Arlin. Gene Alley led off with a single then stole second base. With one Dave Cash hits the ball to Arlin who committed a throwing error allowing Alley to score- and Cash to go all the way to second. Reserve outfielder Gene Clines who was substituting for an ailing Roberto Clemente singled scoring Cash to make it 3-1. That was it for Arlin- he was replaced by Dick Kelley. Richie Hebner triples with Clines scoring and then Willie Stargell’s sacrifice fly scored Hebner making it 5-1.
- Dock Ellis went 7 innings for the Pirates giving up only 1 run and 6 hits- he would pick up the win- with Dave Giusti coming in the final two innings and shutting down the Padres to pick up his 5th save of the season.
- The Pirates end their long 12 game home stand with a 7-5 mark. They are now 14-10 on the season 1/2 game behind the first place New York Mets. The lowly Padres who have the worst record in all of baseball 5-18 and already 13 games out of first place- came to town right on time to get the slumping Pirates back on a winning streak. The Pirates now head out west after a day off on Monday- and play seven games out on the west coast- two in San Francisco- four in Los Angeles and finish it up with two in San Diego against the Padres.
- Attendance today 8482 Time of Game: 2:05
- Note on Padres starter Steve Arlin. I always rooted for him because he pitched most of his career with the Padres and while he wasn’t a great pitcher it always seemed to me that he would have done better if he had the support of a good team. His career won-loss record was a dismal 34-67. He led the league in losses in both 1971 and 1972- with 19 in 1971 and 21 in 1972. You have to be a decent pitcher at least to lose 21 games- if not they would have long since pulled the plug on you. The interesting part about Steve Arlin- he was the grandson of Harold Arlin. Harold Arlin back on November 2, 1920 became the first radio announcer when he read the Presidential Election results over the radio on KDKA. In 1921 he would become the first radio announcer to announce a baseball game- the Phillies vs the Pirates also the first to do a college football game- Pittsburgh vs West Virginia and a tennis match. In 1923 he added to his resume -when he became the first to announce a boxing match- the Dempsey-Firpo fight. Not to be confused with the songwriter of the same name- different spelling.