1925 Pirate Replay, May 28: Pirates Hang Onto Early Lead to Beat Cardinals

The Pirates scored four in the first against St. Louis and maintained their lead for a 7-4 win.  They’ve now won four straight since returning home.

The early outburst came at the expense of Cards’ knuckleballer Jesse Haines.  Max Carey and Eddie Moore led off the bottom of the first with singles and move up on a bunt by Kiki Cuyler.  Clyde Barnhart drove both in with a single.  Barnhart scored on a double by Glenn Wright and a single by George Grantham plated a fourth run, with the help of an outfield error.

The Cards quickly came back against Pirates’ ace Specs Meadows, with the help of some defensive miscues.  With two on and two out, Wright threw wildly to first on a grounder to short by Les Bell, letting both runners score.  The next hitter, Haines, grounded to Pie Traynor at third and Traynor threw that ball away, letting Bell score to make it 4-3.

Meadows had little trouble after that, giving up just four singles through the eighth inning.  The Pirates meanwhile padded their lead.

Eddie Moore got an insurance run home in the bottom of the second, laying down a successful sacrifice after a one-out triple by Carey.  In the sixth, with Traynor on base, Grantham and Earl Smith hit back-to-back triples, stretching the lead to 7-3.

The Cards got to Meadows for a final run, the only earned run he allowed, on a two-out single following a pair of walks in the top of the ninth.  Meadows finished out the game to improve his record to 6-2.  Every hitter in the Bucs’ lineup had at least one hit except Meadows.