Lee Meadows gave the Pirates an excellent start, but it wasn’t enough as the Bucs could manage only three hits and no runs off Chicago’s Tony Kauffman. The 1-0 loss left the Bucs in a virtual first-place tie with the Giants, who also lost.
Meadows allowed only six hits and walked nobody. Two of those hits came with two outs in the bottom of the first, and Meadows got Butch Weis to ground out to end the inning. From the second through the seventh, Meadows allowed only two more runners. One of those came on a single by Weis in the bottom of the seventh, and catcher Earl Smith threw him out stealing.
The Pirates had even less success with Kaufmann. He faced the minimum through the first five innings. Glenn Wright reached on a two-out single in the top of the second, but he got caught stealing. Clyde Barnhart drew a leadoff walk in the fifth, but Pie Traynor hit into a double play. Smith had the Pirates’ second hit, a single, in the sixth, but was stranded.
The Cubs got the game’s only run in the eighth. Former Pirate Charlie Grimm led off with a single and another former Buc, Rabbit Maranville, bunted him to second. After a ground out, Sparky Adams doubled to drive in Grimm.
In the ninth, the Pirates got their only extra-base hit, a two-out double by Eddie Moore. Kaufmann got the next hitter, Kiki Cuyler, to fly out, ending the game. Meadows fell to 11-4 with the loss.