1925 Pirate Replay, June 13: Seventh-Inning Rally Lifts Bucs to Win Over Giants

The Pirates beat New York for the second time in their four-game series in Pittsburgh by a 6-4 count.  Lee Meadows went the distance and the Bucs won it on the strength of a three-run seventh inning.

Pittsburgh took an early 3-0 lead against Giants’ starter Hugh McQuillan.  In the bottom of the second, George Grantham drove in Clyde Barnhart with a sacrifice fly.  The Bucs picked up two more in the third.  With two out, Eddie Moore, Kiki Cuyler and Barnhart singled, bringing in a run and putting runners at the corners.  Moore and Cuyler pulled off a delayed double steal, with Cuyler stealing home.

Meadows managed to strand five runners through the first four innings, but he couldn’t do it in the top of the fifth.  With two out, third baseman Heinie Groh doubled and Bill Terry homered to right-center to cut the lead to 3-2.  The very next inning, New York tied the game when Ross Youngs doubled and shortstop Travis Jackson singled him home.

The score stayed 3-3 until the bottom of the seventh.  Meadows got things started with his second double of the game.  He took third on a single by Max Carey and scored on one by Moore.  Carey got thrown out trying to score on Moore’s hit, but Cuyler doubled to drive in Moore.  After a grounder, Cuyler scored on a triple by Pie Traynor, who was thrown out going for an inside-the-park home run.  That put the Bucs up, 6-3.

Meadows made the lead stand up.  After a perfect eighth, he gave up two singles to start the ninth.  A sacrifice fly brought in one run, but Meadows got the dangerous Terry on a grounder to end the game.

The win left Meadows at 8-3.  The Pirates have won three straight and trail the Giants by four and a half.  They’re a half game ahead of third-place Brooklyn.  The Bucs and Giants have tomorrow off in observance of Sunday.  They start up again on Monday.