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BAL
@BOS
2
1
KCA
@CHW
9
1
CLE
@DET
4
7
NYY
@WSH
3
0
PIT
@CIN
6
2
PIT
@CIN
14
11
STL
@LAD
3
5
PHI
@MLN
6
0
PHI
@MLN
1
2
CHC
@SFG
3
6
Sunday, May 31, 1959,
, Crosley Field
Attendance: Not Given, Time of Game: 2:10
First game of doubleheader, see Second game.
Pirates
6
24-22
 Won 2 
3rd, 4½ GB
at Reds
2
21-24
 Lost 2 
6th, 8 GB
W: Vern Law (5-2)
L: Bob Purkey (5-6)
                1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
Pirates         1  0  1   2  0  0   0  1  1    6 13  0
Reds            1  0  1   0  0  0   0  0  0    2  8  1

Pittsburgh Pirates

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Bill Virdon CF 5 0 0 0 0 1 5 .263 .290 .369 .659 -0.122 0.88 0.000 -0.122 -1.4 3 0
Dick Groat SS 5 1 3 1 0 0 5 .252 .302 .325 .627 0.146 0.72 0.165 -0.019 1.3 3 2
Smoky Burgess C 5 2 3 2 0 0 5 .365 .413 .672 1.085 0.184 0.75 0.253 -0.069 2.2 1 0 2·HR,GDP
Rocky Nelson 1B 4 0 1 0 1 2 5 .200 .296 .311 .607 -0.040 0.52 0.020 -0.060 -0.6 7 2
Bob Skinner LF 4 0 2 0 1 0 5 .264 .335 .453 .788 -0.015 0.61 0.032 -0.047 0.0 4 0
Bill Mazeroski 2B 5 0 0 0 0 1 5 .238 .269 .368 .637 -0.111 0.84 0.000 -0.111 -1.5 6 4
Don Hoak 3B 4 2 3 2 0 0 4 .282 .369 .414 .783 0.191 0.80 0.215 -0.024 2.1 2 2 2·HR
Roman Mejias RF 3 1 1 0 1 0 4 .211 .304 .267 .571 0.030 0.72 0.062 -0.031 0.0 0 0
Vern Law P 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 .207 .233 .345 .578 -0.054 0.94 0.000 -0.054 -0.8 1 2 SH
Team Totals 38 6 13 5 3 4 42 .342 .390 .658 1.048 0.209 0.75 0.747 -0.537 1.4 27 12
HR: S Burgess 2 (5, 1 off B Purkey, 1st inn, 0 on, 2 outs to Deep RF, 1 off J Nuxhall, 9th inn, 0 on, 1 out to Deep RF); D Hoak 2 (4, 1 off B Purkey, 4th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep LF, 1 off J Nuxhall, 8th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep LF).
SH: V Law (1, off B Purkey).
TB: S Burgess 9; D Hoak 9; D Groat 3; B Skinner 2; R Nelson; R Mejias.
GIDP: S Burgess (6).
RBI: D Hoak 2 (15); S Burgess 2 (22); D Groat (17).
2-out RBI: D Groat; S Burgess.
Team LOB: 9.
With RISP: 1 for 9.
Fielding
DP: 2. D Groat-B Mazeroski-R Nelson; V Law-B Mazeroski-R Nelson.

Cincinnati Reds

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Johnny Temple 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .317 .395 .448 .843 -0.185 1.29 0.000 -0.185 -1.5 1 2 GDP
Vada Pinson CF 4 2 2 0 0 0 4 .333 .398 .602 1.000 0.088 0.65 0.119 -0.030 0.8 3 0 3B,2B
Jerry Lynch LF 3 0 1 2 0 0 4 .268 .320 .478 .799 0.074 1.15 0.118 -0.044 0.7 0 0 SF
Frank Robinson 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .280 .361 .594 .956 -0.104 0.78 0.000 -0.104 -1.0 11 2 GDP
Gus Bell RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .275 .307 .425 .732 -0.038 0.71 0.020 -0.058 -0.5 2 0
Frank Thomas 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .248 .301 .376 .677 -0.021 0.69 0.032 -0.053 -0.2 0 3
Ed Bailey C 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 .269 .392 .395 .787 -0.107 1.40 0.023 -0.130 -0.8 4 1 2B
Roy McMillan SS 2 0 1 0 1 0 3 .258 .331 .447 .778 0.009 1.09 0.036 -0.027 0.2 3 3
Bob Purkey P 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .185 .214 .296 .511 -0.045 1.73 0.000 -0.045 -0.4 1 1
   Joe Nuxhall P 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 .333 .333 .333 .667 0.036 0.94 0.052 -0.016 0.3 2 1
Team Totals 31 2 8 2 1 1 33 .258 .273 .387 .660 -0.293 0.99 0.400 -0.692 -2.6 27 13
2B: E Bailey (6, off V Law); V Pinson (17, off V Law).
3B: V Pinson (6, off V Law).
SF: J Lynch (3, off V Law).
TB: V Pinson 5; E Bailey 2; J Nuxhall; F Thomas; J Lynch; R McMillan; G Bell.
GIDP: F Robinson (5); J Temple (5).
RBI: J Lynch 2 (26).
Team LOB: 4.
With RISP: 1 for 2.
Fielding
DP: 1. F Robinson-R McMillan-J Nuxhall.
E: V Pinson (2).
Baserunning
Pickoffs: E Bailey (2nd base by V Law).

Pittsburgh Pirates

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Vern Law, W (5-2) 9 8 2 2 1 1 0 3.96 33 63 0.291 0.99 2.6
Team Totals 9 8 2 2 1 1 0 2.00 33 63 0.291 0.99 2.6

Cincinnati Reds

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Bob Purkey, L (5-6) 3.2 7 4 3 2 2 2 4.41 20 33 -0.276 1.03 -2.2
Joe Nuxhall 5.1 6 2 2 1 2 2 4.30 22 1 0 0.067 0.50 0.8
Team Totals 9 13 6 5 3 4 4 5.00 42 33 1 0 -0.209 0.75 -1.4
Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: V Law (1; E Bailey, 2nd base).

Other Info

Umpires: HP - Frank Dascoli, 1B - Frank Secory, 2B - Hal Dixon, 3B - Vinnie Smith.
Time of Game: 2:10.
Attendance: Not Given.
Field Condition: Unknown.
Start Time Weather: Unknown.

Starting Lineups

Pittsburgh Pirates         Cincinnati Reds
1 Bill Virdon CF 1 Johnny Temple 2B
2 Dick Groat SS 2 Vada Pinson CF
3 Smoky Burgess C 3 Jerry Lynch LF
4 Rocky Nelson 1B 4 Frank Robinson 1B
5 Bob Skinner LF 5 Gus Bell RF
6 Bill Mazeroski 2B 6 Frank Thomas 3B
7 Don Hoak 3B 7 Ed Bailey C
8 Roman Mejias RF 8 Roy McMillan SS
9 Vern Law P 9 Bob Purkey P

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Inn Score Out RoB Pit(cnt) R/O @Bat Batter Pitcher wWPA wWE Play Description
t3 1-1 0 1-- R PIT S. Burgess B. Purkey 13% 67% Single to CF; Groat Scores/Adv on E8/unER; Burgess to 2B
t4 2-2 0 --- R PIT D. Hoak B. Purkey 12% 62% Home Run (Deep LF)
b5 2-4 0 1-- OO CIN J. Temple V. Law 11% 77% Ground Ball Double Play: SS-2B-1B
t4 3-2 2 -2- R PIT D. Groat B. Purkey 10% 71% Single; Mejias Scores
t1 0-0 2 --- R PIT S. Burgess B. Purkey 10% 56% Home Run (Deep RF)

Play By Play

Inn Score Out RoB Pit(cnt) R/O @Bat Batter Pitcher wWPA wWE Play Description
Top of the 1st, Pirates Batting, Tied 0-0, Reds' Bob Purkey facing 1-2-3
t1 0-0 0 --- O PIT B. Virdon B. Purkey -2% 48% Strikeout Looking
t1 0-0 1 --- O PIT D. Groat B. Purkey -2% 46% Flyball: CF
t1 0-0 2 --- R PIT S. Burgess B. Purkey 10% 56% Home Run (Deep RF)
t1 1-0 2 --- PIT R. Nelson B. Purkey 1% 57% Single to RF
t1 1-0 2 1-- PIT B. Skinner B. Purkey 2% 59% Walk; Nelson to 2B
t1 1-0 2 12- O PIT B. Mazeroski B. Purkey -4% 55% Flyball: CF
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Pirates 1, Reds 0.
Bottom of the 1st, Reds Batting, Behind 0-1, Pirates' Vern Law facing 1-2-3
b1 0-1 0 --- O CIN J. Temple V. Law 2% 58% Groundout: 3B-1B
b1 0-1 1 --- CIN V. Pinson V. Law -7% 51% Triple to CF (Deep LF-CF)
b1 0-1 1 --3 RO CIN J. Lynch V. Law -2% 49% Flyball: CF/Sacrifice Fly; Pinson Scores
b1 1-1 2 --- O CIN F. Robinson V. Law 1% 50% Groundout: 2B-1B
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 1, Reds 1.
Top of the 2nd, Pirates Batting, Tied 1-1, Reds' Bob Purkey facing 7-8-9
t2 1-1 0 --- O PIT D. Hoak B. Purkey -2% 48% Groundout: 2B-1B
t2 1-1 1 --- PIT R. Mejias B. Purkey 3% 50% Walk
t2 1-1 1 1-- O PIT V. Law B. Purkey -2% 48% Groundout: SS-1B; Mejias to 2B
t2 1-1 2 -2- O PIT B. Virdon B. Purkey -3% 45% Groundout: 1B unassisted
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Pirates 1, Reds 1.
Bottom of the 2nd, Reds Batting, Tied 1-1, Pirates' Vern Law facing 5-6-7
b2 1-1 0 --- O CIN G. Bell V. Law 2% 47% Foul Flyball: 3B
b2 1-1 1 --- O CIN F. Thomas V. Law 2% 49% Foul Flyball: 2B
b2 1-1 2 --- CIN E. Bailey V. Law -2% 47% Double to CF
b2 1-1 2 -2- CIN R. McMillan V. Law -1% 46% Walk
b2 1-1 2 12- O CIN B. Purkey V. Law 4% 50% Strikeout
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Pirates 1, Reds 1.
Top of the 3rd, Pirates Batting, Tied 1-1, Reds' Bob Purkey facing 2-3-4
t3 1-1 0 --- PIT D. Groat B. Purkey 4% 54% Single to CF
t3 1-1 0 1-- R PIT S. Burgess B. Purkey 13% 67% Single to CF; Groat Scores/Adv on E8/unER; Burgess to 2B
t3 2-1 0 -2- O PIT R. Nelson B. Purkey -4% 63% Strikeout
t3 2-1 1 -2- O PIT B. Skinner B. Purkey -3% 60% Groundout: 3B-1B
t3 2-1 2 -2- O PIT B. Mazeroski B. Purkey -3% 56% Lineout: P
1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB. Pirates 2, Reds 1.
Bottom of the 3rd, Reds Batting, Behind 1-2, Pirates' Vern Law facing 1-2-3
b3 1-2 0 --- O CIN J. Temple V. Law 3% 59% Popfly: 2B
b3 1-2 1 --- CIN V. Pinson V. Law -5% 54% Double to LF
b3 1-2 1 -2- R CIN J. Lynch V. Law -10% 44% Single to RF; Pinson Scores
b3 2-2 1 1-- OO CIN F. Robinson V. Law 6% 50% Ground Ball Double Play: P-2B-1B
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 2, Reds 2.
Top of the 4th, Pirates Batting, Tied 2-2, Reds' Bob Purkey facing 7-8-9
t4 2-2 0 --- R PIT D. Hoak B. Purkey 12% 62% Home Run (Deep LF)
t4 3-2 0 --- PIT R. Mejias B. Purkey 4% 66% Single
t4 3-2 0 1-- O PIT V. Law B. Purkey -2% 64% Bunt Groundout: P-2B/Sacrifice; Mejias to 2B
t4 3-2 1 -2- O PIT B. Virdon B. Purkey -4% 61% Flyball: RF
t4 3-2 2 -2- R PIT D. Groat B. Purkey 10% 71% Single; Mejias Scores
Joe Nuxhall replaces Bob Purkey pitching and batting 9th
t4 4-2 2 1-- O PIT S. Burgess J. Nuxhall -2% 69% Groundout: 1B-P
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Pirates 4, Reds 2.
Bottom of the 4th, Reds Batting, Behind 2-4, Pirates' Vern Law facing 5-6-7
b4 2-4 0 --- O CIN G. Bell V. Law 3% 72% Flyball: LF
b4 2-4 1 --- CIN F. Thomas V. Law -3% 69% Single to 3B
b4 2-4 1 1-- O CIN E. Bailey V. Law 4% 72% Groundout: 1B-SS/Forceout at 2B
b4 2-4 2 1-- CIN R. McMillan V. Law -3% 70% Single to LF; Bailey to 2B
b4 2-4 2 12- O CIN J. Nuxhall V. Law 5% 75% Bailey Picked off 2B (P-SS)
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Pirates 4, Reds 2.
Top of the 5th, Pirates Batting, Ahead 4-2, Reds' Joe Nuxhall facing 4-5-6
t5 4-2 0 --- O PIT R. Nelson J. Nuxhall -2% 74% Strikeout Looking
t5 4-2 1 --- O PIT B. Skinner J. Nuxhall -1% 72% Flyball: CF
t5 4-2 2 --- O PIT B. Mazeroski J. Nuxhall -1% 71% Lineout: SS
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 4, Reds 2.
Bottom of the 5th, Reds Batting, Behind 2-4, Pirates' Vern Law facing 9-1-2
b5 2-4 0 --- CIN J. Nuxhall V. Law -5% 66% Single to LF
b5 2-4 0 1-- OO CIN J. Temple V. Law 11% 77% Ground Ball Double Play: SS-2B-1B
b5 2-4 2 --- O CIN V. Pinson V. Law 1% 78% Flyball: CF
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 4, Reds 2.
Top of the 6th, Pirates Batting, Ahead 4-2, Reds' Joe Nuxhall facing 7-8-9
t6 4-2 0 --- PIT D. Hoak J. Nuxhall 3% 81% Single
t6 4-2 0 1-- O PIT R. Mejias J. Nuxhall -2% 78% Groundout: P-SS/Forceout at 2B
t6 4-2 1 1-- O PIT V. Law J. Nuxhall -1% 77% Groundout: 3B-1B; Mejias to 2B
t6 4-2 2 -2- O PIT B. Virdon J. Nuxhall -3% 74% Flyball: RF
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Pirates 4, Reds 2.
Bottom of the 6th, Reds Batting, Behind 2-4, Pirates' Vern Law facing 3-4-5
b6 2-4 0 --- O CIN J. Lynch V. Law 4% 78% Flyball: CF
b6 2-4 1 --- O CIN F. Robinson V. Law 2% 80% Flyball: 2B
b6 2-4 2 --- CIN G. Bell V. Law -2% 78% Single to RF
b6 2-4 2 1-- O CIN F. Thomas V. Law 3% 82% Groundout: 3B-1B
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Pirates 4, Reds 2.
Top of the 7th, Pirates Batting, Ahead 4-2, Reds' Joe Nuxhall facing 2-3-4
t7 4-2 0 --- PIT D. Groat J. Nuxhall 2% 84% Single to CF
t7 4-2 0 1-- OO PIT S. Burgess J. Nuxhall -5% 79% Ground Ball Double Play: 1B-SS-P
t7 4-2 2 --- PIT R. Nelson J. Nuxhall 1% 80% Walk
t7 4-2 2 1-- PIT B. Skinner J. Nuxhall 1% 81% Single; Nelson to 2B
t7 4-2 2 12- O PIT B. Mazeroski J. Nuxhall -3% 78% Groundout: C-1B
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Pirates 4, Reds 2.
Bottom of the 7th, Reds Batting, Behind 2-4, Pirates' Vern Law facing 7-8-9
b7 2-4 0 --- O CIN E. Bailey V. Law 4% 82% Groundout: 2B-1B
b7 2-4 1 --- O CIN R. McMillan V. Law 3% 85% Foul Flyball: 3B
b7 2-4 2 --- O CIN J. Nuxhall V. Law 2% 86% Lineout: SS
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 4, Reds 2.
Top of the 8th, Pirates Batting, Ahead 4-2, Reds' Joe Nuxhall facing 7-8-9
t8 4-2 0 --- R PIT D. Hoak J. Nuxhall 7% 93% Home Run (Deep LF)
t8 5-2 0 --- O PIT R. Mejias J. Nuxhall -1% 92% Foul Flyball: 1B
t8 5-2 1 --- O PIT V. Law J. Nuxhall -1% 92% Groundout: 3B-1B
t8 5-2 2 --- O PIT B. Virdon J. Nuxhall -0% 91% Groundout: 2B-1B
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 5, Reds 2.
Bottom of the 8th, Reds Batting, Behind 2-5, Pirates' Vern Law facing 1-2-3
b8 2-5 0 --- O CIN J. Temple V. Law 3% 94% Flyball: LF
b8 2-5 1 --- O CIN V. Pinson V. Law 2% 96% Flyball: LF
b8 2-5 2 --- O CIN J. Lynch V. Law 1% 97% Groundout: 1B-P
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 5, Reds 2.
Top of the 9th, Pirates Batting, Ahead 5-2, Reds' Joe Nuxhall facing 2-3-4
t9 5-2 0 --- O PIT D. Groat J. Nuxhall -0% 96% Groundout: SS-1B
t9 5-2 1 --- R PIT S. Burgess J. Nuxhall 2% 98% Home Run (Deep RF)
t9 6-2 1 --- O PIT R. Nelson J. Nuxhall -0% 98% Groundout: 1B unassisted
t9 6-2 2 --- PIT B. Skinner J. Nuxhall 0% 98% Single to CF
t9 6-2 2 1-- O PIT B. Mazeroski J. Nuxhall -0% 98% Strikeout
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Pirates 6, Reds 2.
Bottom of the 9th, Reds Batting, Behind 2-6, Pirates' Vern Law facing 4-5-6
b9 2-6 0 --- O CIN F. Robinson V. Law 1% 99% Flyball: LF
b9 2-6 1 --- O CIN G. Bell V. Law 1% 100% Popfly: 2B
b9 2-6 2 --- O CIN F. Thomas V. Law 0% 100% Groundout: SS-1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 6, Reds 2.

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