1925 Pirate Replay, April 28: Morrison Leads Pirates to Win Over Cards

Jughandle Johnny Morrison allowed just one earned run over nine innings as the Pirates beat the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday, 7-3.  The game was scheduled to be the third in the teams’ four-game series, but yesterday’s game was rained out.  The Pirates won Sunday’s game.

The Cards reached Morrison for a run in the bottom of the first on a two-out double by first baseman Jim Bottomley.  The Pirates would have had the runner, Rogers Hornsby, at the plate but second baseman Eddie Moore’s throw was wild.

St. Louis had little success with Morrison after that.  From the second through the seventh, they managed just three singles.  They got three more in the eighth, but a 1-6-3 double play after the first one kept them off the board.

The Pirates meanwhile took the lead quickly after the Cards first run.  They got three in the top of the second, all on a bases loaded double by catcher Earl Smith.  That came after Clyde Barnhart and Pie Glenn Wright singled, and Al Niehaus walked.  The Bucs made it 4-1 in the fourth, when Wright led off against Cards’ starter Flint Rhem with his fourth home run of the year.

In the fifth, the visitors put the game away with three more.  Eddie Moore doubled in Max Carey, who’d singled.  Pie Traynor doubled in Moore and Wright singled to bring home Traynor.

The only other action, apart from the Cards’ failed rally in the eighth, was two final runs in the ninth.  Two singles to start the inning, followed by a force play at second, brought in one.  Another single, combined with an error by Carey in center, brought in the last one, bringing the score to 7-3.  Morrison got the last two hitters on a fly ball and a ground out.

Morrison gave up ten hits in the game, but nine were singles and he walked only one.  The win improved his record to 2-1.  Wright was 3-for-4, with two runs and two RBIs.