1971 Pirates: Game 26: Wednesday May 5, 1971. Afternoon Game. Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants. Luke Walker 1-2 for the Pirates going against the great Juan Marichal 3-2 for the Giants.
- The Pirates had defeated Juan Marichal back when they met April 25th in their meeting at Three Rivers Stadium but today the future Hall of Famer would hold the Pirates to three hits- making just one mistake- a 2nd run home run to Bob Robertson- as the Giants defeated the Pirates in a low scoring game 2-1.
- The Pirates lone run was the Robertson home run his 5th of the season which gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the 2nd but the Giants would score twice off of Pirates starter Luke Walker- both runs outfielder Ken Henderson drove in with singles for the Giants.
- Both pitchers pitched complete games- Marichal 9 innings 1 earned run, 3 hits, 3 strike outs and 3 walks. He picked up his 4th win of the season to go against 2 losses. Walker went 8- giving up 2 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks- his record falls to 1-3 on the season.
- The Pirates and Giants split the brief two game series at Candlestick Park. The Pirates now 15-11 on the season- remain in second place a game behind the Mets. They now move on down the Pacific coast to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 3 game series beginning Friday night.
- Attendance 5,212- Time of Game 2:02. The Pirates have played before small crowds since that Sunday afternoon doubleheader in New York against the Mets on April 18th- that will surely change in Los Angeles a team that draws the most fans in the league.