1925 Pirate Replay, May 14: Morrison Stellar as Pirates Drub Braves

The Pirates pummeled the Braves in Boston, 7-1, as Johnny Morrison threw a five-hitter and struck out seven.  The win was the Bucs’ third in a row.

Boston’s only run was unearned.  With one out in the first, Williams Marriott reached on an error by first baseman Boots Grantham, moved up on an infield hit by Casey Stengel and scored on a single by Dave Harris.  The inning ended when the Braves tried a delayed double steal and shortstop Glenn Wright’s return throw to the plate cut down Stengel.

After the first, Boston got only two more runners as far as second and none to third.  Only four runners reached in all and three were wiped out by two double plays and a caught stealing.

The Pirates came back quickly in the top of the second, going up 2-1.  Earl Smith tripled to drive in Wright and Grantham, who’d walked and singled, respectively.

Over the next two innings, the Bucs stretched the lead to 5-1.  In the third, Clyde Barnhart doubled in a run and scored on a single by Pie Traynor.  In the fourth, Kiki Cuyler singled, stole second and scored on a single by Eddie Moore.

The Pirates stayed quiet after that until the ninth.  Morrison singled and eventually scored on a double by Cuyler, who came around on a single by Barnhart.  The Braves went down quickly in the bottom of the ninth, ending the game.

The win improved Morrison’s record to 4-2.  Cuyler, Barnhart and Grantham each had two hits.