1925 Pirate Replay, April 20: Meadows Stops Bucs’ Losing Streak

Specs Meadows tossed a strong game to lead the Pirates to a 4-2 win in Cincinnati.  The win broke their four-game losing streak and left them 2-5 on the season.  Meadows has accounted for both wins.

Meadows was on top of his game from the start.  He gave up four harmless singles in the second through the fourth, then just one more through the seventh.  Meadows didn’t walk a batter in the game.

The Reds’ star lefty, Eppa Rixey, pitched nearly as well.  The Pirates stranded runners at second and third in the first inning, then picked up a run in the top of the third.  Clyde Barnhart walked, stole second, and scored on a two-out double by Pie Traynor.  They added a second in the fifth when Barnhart doubled and came all the way around to score when Eddie Moore grounded to third.

In the eighth, the Bucs extended their lead to 3-0.  Kiki Cuyler led off with a double, went to third on a bunt, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Glenn Wright.

Meadows finally weakened in the eighth.  He hit Chuck Dressen, who was batting for Rixey.  With one out, third baseman Babe Pinelli tripled to score Dressen, then scored one out later on a single by first baseman Rube Bressler.  But Meadows got an easy grounder back to the mound to end the inning.

The Pirates picked up an insurance run off reliever Jakie May in the top of the ninth.  Barnhart reached on an error, moved up when Max Carey singled, and scored on a double by Moore.  Carey was thrown out at the plate on the play.

Carey’s potential run was needed.  Meadows got three straight ground outs in the bottom of the inning to end the game.  Moore finished with three hits and Barnhart scored three times.  Meadows allowed seven hits, six of them singles.