1925 Pirate Replay, May 2: Pirates Return From Layoff and Batter Reds

The Pirates played for the first time in four games and didn’t show any signs of rust.  After being rained out in St. Louis on Wednesday, they returned home for a three-game set against Cincinnati.  Thursday’s game was also washed away and Friday’s game was postponed due to wet grounds.  The teams finally got into action on Saturday at Forbes Field and the result was an 18-3 shellacking of the visitors.

The Reds got a short-lived lead in the top of the first against Pirate starter Specs Meadows.  A two-out error on Eddie Moore prolonged the inning and put two on, and a single drove in a run.  Left fielder Clyde Barnhart, though, threw out the trailing runner at third.

In the bottom of the first, the Pirates knocked out the normally tough Pete Donohue after he’d retired just two batters.  After the first two batters reached, Moore singled in a run and Barnhart tripled in two more.  Barnhart scored on a sacrifice fly.  Two batters later, Earl Smith doubled in the fifth run of the inning to finish Donohue.  Rube Benton relieved and promptly gave up a home run to Meadows, his first of the year.  The Pirates led after one, 7-1.

The bombardment didn’t stop there, as the Bucs got three more in the second and four in the third.  In the second, Al Niehaus doubled in a pair and Smith drove in Niehaus.  In the third, Barnhart singled in two to knock Benton out.  Reliever Harry Biemiller walked the first batter he faced, then gave up a two-run triple to Glenn Wright.

With a 14-1 lead, Meadows coasted, allowing only five hits in the game, all singles.  The Reds got a run in the eighth when Max Carey muffed a fly ball to center with two on.  In the ninth they got their only earned run when Meadows issued his only two walks of the game and a single drove in one.

The Pirates by then had tacked on four more against Cincinnati’s fourth pitcher, Tom Sheehan.  In the sixth, after a leadoff walk, Carey lined a hit that got past left fielder Billy Zitzmann.  Carey circled the bases for his first home run of the season.  Three batters later, Pie Traynor hit a two-run double.

Meadows got the win to improve to 3-1.  The Pirates totaled 15 hits and eight walks, with every starter getting at least one hit.  Barnhart drove in four runs and Smith went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.  Kiki Cuyler had a single, double and triple, and scored three times.  Moore scored four runs and Traynor drove in three.  The Pirates improved to 6-8.  The two teams travel to Cincinnati for a single game tomorrow.