1925 Pirate Replay, June 18: Dazzy Vance Stops Bucs’ Win Streak at Six

The Pirates’ six-game win streak wasn’t a match for Brooklyn ace Dazzy Vance.  The hard-throwing righty struck out seven and held the Bucs to seven hits as the Robins took the second game of the team’s four-game series at Forbes Field, 6-2.

The Robins got all they needed off Ray Kremer in the first inning.  With one out, two singles, a double by Jack Fournier, and another single produced three runs.

Kremer got tougher after that, allowing only one more run through seven innings.  That came when the Robins’ two big hitters, Zack Wheat and Fournier, hit back-to-back doubles in the top of the sixth.

By then, the Pirates had cut the lead to 3-2.  They got one run in the bottom of the second when Vance hit Pie Traynor and Glenn Wright doubled.  The other came in the fifth, when George Grantham and Kremer both doubled.

The Bucs’ best chance after that came in the seventh, when they loaded the bases with one out.  Vance, however, fanned Kiki Cuyler and got Clyde Barnhart on a ground out.

In the eighth, the Robins got two more runs off reliever Bud Culloton in the top of the ninth.  Two singles and a throw to third put two runners in scoring position, and a single by shortstop Hod Ford drove both in.  Vance set the Pirates down in order in the bottom of the inning to close the game out.

Kremer dropped to 4-4.  The Pirates fell two and a half games behind the Giants, who stopped their six-game losing streak with a win over the Reds.