Pittsburgh to prevail3, 3 – 2, in 14 innings over Philadelphia

May 20, 1970 | Extra Innings

On May 20, 1970 — One big hit, one big drop, two wild pitches and one bad hop are what it takes for Pittsburgh to prevail, 3 – 2, in 14 innings over Philadelphia. The big hit is Roberto Clemente’s 3rd-inning triple, a 440-plus-footer off Forbes Field’s left-centerfield light tower, which drives in Freddie Patek with the tying run. In the 8th, John Briggs drops a fly ball hit by Al Oliver, which allows Matty Alou to score the tying run. Alou will also score the game-winner six innings later, courtesy of two consecutive wild pitches by Dick Selma, the latter featuring the aforementioned bad hop, off the cement beneath the backstop screen, which allows Alou to score the walk-off tally from second.

 

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