On June 16 1971 — One night after beating the Astros with his glove, Roberto Clemente does it with his bat. The Pittsburgh superstar blasts a two-run homer to right field in the 7th inning, snapping a 4 – 4 deadlock and lifting the National League East leaders to a 6 – 4 triumph. The late splurge enables Dock Ellis to make it through the night, surviving a four-run 6th, into which he’d carried a no-hitter. Roberto’s blast, off one of his old favorite bats, comes against Wade Blasingame after Gene Clines’ one-out single; it takes the shape of a line drive to right that keeps rising past Cesar Cedeno, who had first thought he could make the catch before helplessly watching it sail way over his outstretched glove.

 


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