Veteran Babe Adams failed to get anybody out in the third inning in Cincinnati and the Reds went on to take a 12-2 laugher over the Pirates. The loss left the Bucs at 1-4 on the season.
The Reds didn’t wait long to start pounding the 42-year-old Adams. After a scoreless first, they scored four in the second. Adams’ mound opponent, Pete Donohue, got the scoring started with a bases-clearing triple, then came home on a single by third baseman Babe Pinelli.
In the third, Adams faced only three hitters and didn’t retire any. With two on and a run already in, Ray Kremer relieved and gave up a second run on a single, with a third coming around when center fielder Max Carey couldn’t come up with the ball. Adams finished with seven runs allowed, only one unearned.
Kremer wasn’t all that effective, either, but he lasted five innings. He gave up three more runs, with two scoring on four singles in the fourth and a third in the sixth. Lou Koupal gave up the final two runs in the ninth, getting only one out. Don Songer had to get the last two.
For their part, the Pirates could do nothing with Donohue, who went a combined 55-33 over the previous three years. Their two runs scored on errors. They got one without a hit in the third thanks to a pair of miscues. In the fifth, Glenn Wright reached second on an error and, after moving up on a ground out, scored on a sacrifice fly by Kremer. Donohue held the Pirates to four hits altogether, all of them singles.