1925 Pirate Replay, July 21: Pirates Struggle for Offense in 4-2 Loss

In the second game of their series in Philadelphia, the Pirates couldn’t generate much hitting against Phillies’ lefty Clarence Mitchell.  They got only four hits and dropped the game, 4-2.

Ray Kremer pitched respectably for the Bucs.  He gave up single runs in four different innings.  The first came when George Harper led off the bottom of the second with a home run.  Harper singled in the fourth to drive in another, following a double by George Burns.

Glenn Wright cost Meadows a run in the bottom of the sixth.  With one out and runners at the corners, Wright snagged a line drive and tried to double the runner off first.  His throw was wild, though, and a run scored to extend the Phillies’ lead to 3-0.

Mitchell, meanwhile, retired the first dozen batters he faced.  Clyde Barnhart finally broke the spell with a double to lead off the fifth.  He got caught trying to reach third on a comebacker to the box by Wright, and Wright then got thrown out at second for a double play.

Third-string catcher Roy Spencer, getting the first start of his career, singled in the sixth for his first career hit.  Finally, Eddie Moore got the Pirates on the board when he led off the seventh with his fifth home run of the year.  The Phillies got that back in the bottom of the inning, though, when Clarence Huber led off with a double and came around on a sacrifice and then a ground out by Mitchell.

The last offense the Pirates could manage came in the ninth.  Johnny Rawlings, batting for Kremer, reached on an error and scored on a two-out triple by Kiki Cuyler, his 17th three-bagger of the year.

The loss left Kremer 8-7.  The Giants were off, so the Pirates fell half a game out of first.  They have a chance to avoid a three-game sweep tomorrow.