1925 Pirate Replay, June 29: Morrison, Barnhart Lead Pirates to Win in Cincinnati, First-Place Tie

Johnny Morrison pitched nine strong innings and Clyde Barnhart drove in three runs to key an 8-1 win for the Pirates over the Reds.  That gave the Bucs both games of their two-game series in Cincinnati.  It also put the Bucs in a virtual tie with the idle Giants for first place.

The Reds’ only run came in the bottom of the third when Curt Walker and Elmer Smith both doubled.  The baserunners Morrison allowed mostly came with two outs and, other than with Smith’s hit, they all came to naught.

The Pirates did much better against Reds’ lefty Eppa Rixey.  As it turned out, they got all the runs they needed in the first when Max Carey singled, Kiki Cuyler walked and Barnhart tripled both home.  The Bucs made it 4-0 in the top of the third when Eddie Moore singled, Cuyler beat out a bunt and Barnhart bunted both runners up.  Pie Traynor got one run in with a sacrifice fly and Glenn Wright singled in the other.

After the Reds got on the board, the Pirates extended their lead several times.  In the top of the fifth, Cuyler tripled and Barnhart singled.  In the sixth, Earl Smith singled, took third on a single by Morrison, and scored on a fly by Carey.  The final two runs came in the top of the ninth on an interference call against Cincinnati second baseman Hughie Critz.  The call came on a ground ball single by Wright with Barnhart and Traynor both aboard via walks.  The umpires waved in both runners to run the score to 8-1.

Morrison’s record now is 8-5.  Wright had four hits and Cuyler scored three times.  The Pirates head to Chicago for two games before returning home.