1925 Pirate Replay, July 23: Pirates Rally in Ninth to Beat Cards

Following a rainout of their final game in Philadelphia yesterday, the Pirates opened a three-game series at Forbes Field against St. Louis.  They struggled for much of the game against Cards’ knuckleballer Jesse Haines, but rallied for two in the bottom of the ninth, earning a 3-2 win.

Emil Yde gave the Pirates a strong start.  He held the Cards to eight hits and two runs, only one earned.  Yde retired St. Louis’ first eight hitters before giving up a single to Haines in the third.  He kept the Cards off the board until Rogers Hornsby, Jim Bottomley and Chick Hafey all singled with two out in the top of the sixth, putting St. Louis up, 1-0.

Haines was even tougher.  The Pirates didn’t get a baserunner until Glenn Wright beat out a roller back to the mound with two out in the fifth.  After the Cards went ahead in the sixth, the Pirates tied it in the bottom half when Yde, Max Carey and Eddie Moore all singled.

Nobody scored in the seventh, but the Cards took a 2-1 in the eighth after Carey dropped Ralph Shinners’ fly ball leading off the inning.  Yde walked Hornsby and Bottomley’s sacrifice attempt went for a single to load the bases with nobody out.  Yde got Hafey to bounce into a force at the plate, but he walked shortstop Specs Toporcer to force in the go-ahead run.  A line-drive double play ended the inning.

Haines got the Pirates in the eighth and Yde was perfect in the top of the ninth.  With one out in the bottom half, though, Cuyler ripped his 18th triple of the year to center field.  Pie Traynor followed with a bloop double over second to tie the game.  Wright then lined a single to center to score Traynor and give the Bucs a 3-2 win.

Yde is now 9-5.  He’s won eight of his last nine decisions.  The Giants split a doubleheader with Boston, leaving them in a first-place tie with the Bucs.