Emil Yde threw his fourth straight complete game win and the Pirates won their sixth straight in an 8-3 game against Brooklyn. Since getting battered by the Giants three and a half weeks ago, the lefty has an ERA of 2.00.
The game was a scoreless duel between Yde and former Pirate Burleigh Grimes for four innings. The closest either team came to a rally was a leadoff double by Robins’ start Zack Wheat in the top of the fourth, but the relay from Clyde Barnhart and Glenn Wright cut Wheat down trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
The Pirates finally scratched out a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth with just one hit. With Pie Traynor and Wright on via a single and a walk, Grimes tried unsuccessfully to get Traynor at third on George Grantham’s bunt attempt. That loaded the bases and a walk to Johnny Gooch forced in a run. A ground out later made it 2-0.
In the sixth, Yde got a double play ball to escape a one-out, bases-loaded jam, and then the Pirates knocked out Grimes. Kiki Cuyler doubled, Barnhart beat out a bunt, Traynor doubled in one run and Wright singled in two more. That finished Grimes with the score 5-0.
Yde again got out of bases-loaded trouble in the seventh, this time with two out, and the Pirates again added on. With two on and nobody out, the Robins botched another bunt, with third baseman Jimmy Johnston missing the throw on Cuyler’s attempt. That let in one run and Traynor later singled in two more, extending the lead to 8-0.
Brooklyn finally got through to Yde in the top of the eighth, but only because Eddie Moore dropped a popup. Dick Cox singled in the run with two out. Brooklyn got two more in the ninth. Former Pirate Cotton Tierney led off with a pinch-hit home run. Slugging first baseman Jack Fournier drove in the final run with a two-out single.
Yde is now 5-4. Traynor had three hits and three RBIs. The Pirates closed to within a game and a half of the first-place Giants, who lost their sixth straight.