The Pirates’ first meeting with the Phillies on the season didn’t go well. Lee Meadows got knocked out in the first and the Phillies went on to win a 15-7 rout in Baker Bowl.
Things started off well enough for the Bucs. Max Carey led off the game with a single, stole second, and scored on a two-out single by Pie Traynor.
Things went downhill swiftly from there. In the bottom of the first, Philadelphia scored five times, as Meadows retired only two batters. With two on and one out, two singles and then a double by catcher Butch Henline brought in three runs. A sacrifice fly and another single brought in two more. The sixth hit of the inning finished Meadows and brought on Ray Kremer, who got the third out.
Things didn’t go a lot better with Kremer on the mound. He gave up a two-run home run to power-hitting outfielder George Harper in the second, although one of the runs was unearned. Shortstop Heinie Sand led off the third with another longball, then second baseman Lou Fonseca singled in two more later in the inning. That made it 10-1 Phillies. Lefty Don Songer had to get the last out of the inning.
Songer ran into his own trouble in the bottom of the fourth. Johnny Rawlings replaced Eddie Moore at second at the beginning of the inning and the first Phillie batter reached when Rawlings couldn’t handle a grounder. Henline and Phillies’ pitcher Hal Carlson each singled in unearned runs later.
With the score 12-1, the Pirates started getting some offense going against Carlson. In the top of the fifth, Earl Smith followed an error with his third home run of the year. One out later, Carey and Kiki Cuyler hit back-to-back doubles to cut the gap to 12-4.
The Phillies got those runs right back in the bottom of the fifth. With Lou Koupal on to replace Songer, a single and two walks loaded the bases to Henline, who singled in two and send Harper to third. Harper then stole home to make it 15-4.
Bud Culloton finally stopped the bleeding for the Pirates, throwing scoreless ball for three innings.
The Pirates managed some more offense against Carlson, but not nearly enough. Al Niehaus drove in Traynor with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. In the seventh, Rawlings and Traynor drove in runs with a single and a sacrifice fly, respectively.
The loss left Meadows with a 3-2 record. Henline drove in four runs for Philadelphia, while Harper scored four and drove in three. Carey had four hits, including two doubles, and scored three times. The Pirates fell to 6-11, the furthest they’ve been under .500 so far.