1925 Pirate Replay, June 5: Pirates Lose to Phillies in Eleven

The Pirates dropped a tough one to Philadelphia, losing 6-5 in 11 innings.  They took a 3-run lead, but couldn’t add to it and couldn’t hold it.

The Bucs got to Phillies’ starter Clarence Mitchell early.  In the bottom of the first, a triple by Max Carey, and a walk and a steal by Kiki Cuyler put runners at second and third.  Glenn Wright, batting cleanup while Clyde Barnhart is out with a minor injury, singled to drive in both.  Wright took second on the throw home and scored when Pie Traynor singled.

The Phillies cut their deficit to 3-2 with single runs in the third and fourth off Johnny Morrison.  Mitchell helped his own cause with an infield hit to start the third and eventually came around on a ground out.  In the fourth, a two-out single by third baseman Russ Wrightstone drove in a run.

Carey restored the three-run lead in the bottom of the fourth.  After a single by Stuffy McInnis, his first hit as a Pirate, and an error, Carey doubled in two runs to make the score 5-2.

The Phillies tied the game on one swing.  Following a walk and hit batsman, Wrightstone took Morrison over the screen in right for a three-run home run.  That gave Wrightstone four RBIs out of the eighth spot in the lineup.

After the first two batters reached in the top of the seventh, Bill McKechnie replaced Morrison with Ray Kremer.  A ground out and a double play ended that threat.  Kremer set the Phillies down in the eighth, ninth and tenth, with only one runner reaching base, on a hit batsman.

Unfortunately, the Pirates couldn’t do any more against Mitchell.  From the fifth through the tenth, he allowed just two singles, a walk and a hit batsman.

In the eleventh, the Phillies finally got through to Kremer.  A single and a sacrifice put a runner on second, and Mitchell singled to put the Phillies up, 6-5.

The Pirates couldn’t come back in the bottom of the eleventh, getting only a one-out single by McInnis.  Kremer took the loss to fall to 4-3.