1925 Pirate Replay, May 23: Pirates Routed by Giants

Emil Yde continued his sophomore slump and the Pirates couldn’t take advantage of their opportunities on offense against the Giants in New York.  The result was a 10-1 loss.

The Giants wasted little time jumping on Yde.  With two on and one out in the bottom of the first, George Kelly singled in a run and Irish Meusel doubled in another.  Hack Wilson made it 4-0 with a two-run single.

New York added a pair of unearned runs in the third.  They got runners to the corners with one out partly due to shortstop Glenn Wright dropping the ball on a force play at second.  It was Wright’s 16th error of the season.  A sacrifice fly brought in one run and, when the other runner moved up on the throw home, Wilson singled for his third RBI of the game.

Bill McKechnie let Yde bat in the top of the fourth, but replaced him with Bud Culloton in the bottom of the inning.  Culloton was only a little better than Yde, giving up three runs over three innings.  Two of those came in the fifth when Freddie Lindstrom led off with a triple, Ross Youngs singled to drive him in, and then Youngs came all the way around to score on a wild pitch.  The third run off Culloton scored on a home run by catcher Frank Snyder in the sixth.  That stretched the Giants’ lead to 9-0.  New York got its last run in the eighth off Lou Koupal.

The Pirates got 11 hits off the Giants’ Kent Greenfield — the same number of hits as the Giants — but they couldn’t make them count, going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.  Except for the pitchers, every player in the lineup, including Carson Bigbee, who entered as a substitute, had at least one hit.  The Pirates started the first, second and sixth innings with two singles, but failed to score each time.  They did it again in the top of the ninth and finally put a run on the board on an Earl Smith sacrifice fly.

The loss left the Pirates nine games in back of the Giants and dropped Yde to 1-4.  Pie Traynor and George Grantham each had two hits.  The series concludes tomorrow.