1925 Pirate Replay, May 16: Pirates Prevail Over Braves in Tenth

The Pirates scored three times in the top of the tenth and held on to beat the Braves in Boston, 7-5.  The win gave the Pirates a sweep of the three-game series.  It was originally supposed to be a four-game series, but yesterday’s game was postponed due to wet grounds.

The Bucs built a 4-0 lead over the first four and a half innings.  They started the scoring in the top of the first when Eddie Moore tripled with two out off starter Johnny Cooney and continued on to score when Boston shortstop Dave Bancroft mishandled the relay.

Two more came in courtesy of Bancroft in the third.  After a single by catcher Johnny Gooch, Pirate starter Babe Adams bounced one back to the mound, but reached when Bancroft muffed the throw for the force play.  Max Carey doubled Gooch home and Moore’s sacrifice fly brought in Adams.  The lead increased to 4-0 when Carey led off the fifth with a double and Kiki Cuyler singled him home.

Adams sailed through the first four innings, allowing just four singles.  In the fifth, though, Bancroft got a chance to make amends with runners on second and third and two out.  He singled to left to drive in both runners and cut the lead in half to 4-2.

Adams held on into the bottom of the eighth.  He even gave the Pirates a chance to extend the lead when he doubled with one out in the top of the seventh.  Carey singled Adams — who’s two days shy of his 43rd birthday — to third, but Cuyler hit into a double play.

In the bottom of the eighth, Boston tied the game.  A bunt single to third and a wild throw by Pie Traynor put the leadoff hitter, William Marriott, on third.  He came home on a fly ball, then with two out Dick Burrus singled and Bob Smith doubled to score him and knot the game at 4-4.

The Pirates batted for Adams in the ninth and lefty Emil Yde took over in the bottom of the inning, allowing just a harmless single.  That sent the game to the tenth and the Pirates took the lead against Boston reliever Rosy Ryan.  Cuyler led off with a triple and scored on a second sacrifice fly by Moore.  Clyde Barnhart then walked, took third on Traynor’s single, and scored when left fielder Dave Harris made a running catch on Glenn Wright’s foul pop fly to shallow left.  Boots Grantham followed with a triple to drive in Traynor and put the Bucs up, 7-4.

Boston was able to come back with just an unearned run off Yde in the bottom of the tenth.  With one on and one out, a bad throw by Wright following an infield hit put runners at second and third.  That was Wright’s second error and one of five by the Pirates.  A grounder brought in one run, but Yde got another ground out to end the game.

Yde got his first win of the season after three losses.  Carey had three hits, including two doubles.