1925 Pirate Replay, August 8: Pirates Win Two, Take Five-Game Lead

The Pirates swept a doubleheader from Brooklyn.  That gave them a sweep of their four-game series with the Robins and, with the Giants losing to Cincinnati, also gave them a five-game lead in the NL.  In game one, the Bucs rallied for seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take a 12-8 win.  In game two, they came back from a 4-0 deficit to edge the Robins, 5-4.

First-game starter Emil Yde had a rough time.  Brooklyn scored two right away, when Zack Wheat tripled in a run in the top of the first and scored on a sacrifice fly.  The Pirates quickly tied the game in identical fashion in the bottom half against veteran Robins starter Joe Oeschger.  George Grantham singled, Kiki Cuyler tripled and Clyde Barnhart lined to left for a sacrifice fly.

Brooklyn got the lead back in the top of the third when Yde wild pitched in a run.  The Pirates again came back with a pair, with two out in the bottom of the fourth.  Glenn Wright doubled in Pie Traynor, who’d walked, and Eddie Moore singled to drive in Wright.  That put the Pirates up, 4-3.

Yde, however, didn’t get much farther.  He retired the first two batters in the fifth, but Wheat beat out a bunt to start a rally.  A walk and two more singles, with an advance on a throw home added in, brought in three runs to put Brooklyn up, 6-4.  Tom Sheehan came on and gave up another hit, but a caught stealing ended the inning.

Sheehan had his own troubles.  The Robins extended their lead to 7-4 in the top of the sixth when a Traynor error put a runner on, and a sacrifice and a single brought the run in.  The Pirates got the run back on an RBI ground out by Traynor, but Brooklyn’s Jack Fournier homered in the top of the seventh to restore the three-run lead, 8-5.

The Pirates started another comeback in the bottom of the seventh.  Moore led off with a double and scored on a one-out pinch-hit single by Earl Smith.  Johnny Rawlings, who ran for Smith, eventually scored on a hit by Cuyler.

The Pirates finally took command for good in the eighth and an error by third baseman Jimmy Johnston.  That came with two on and one out, and loaded the bases.  Johnny Gooch hit into a force play that would have ended the inning, but instead scored a run.  The Pirates then got four straight singles, from Johnny Morrison — who’d relieved Sheehan — Max Carey, Grantham and Cuyler.  Each one drove in a run, putting the Pirates up, 12-8.  Oeschger stayed on to get charged with all 12 runs, the last five unearned.

Morrison had already retired the side in order in the eighth and did so again in the ninth.  The two scoreless innings got him a win for the second game in a row, leaving him at 12-10.  Cuyler and Wright each had three hits, with Cuyler driving in three runs.

In the second game, the Pirates initially had a tougher time with Robins starter Tiny Osborne.  They had some baserunners, but two of them got caught stealing.  That included Grantham, who got caught at home by the return throw on an attempted delayed double steal.  In fact, the Bucs had four runners caught stealing on the day.  Osborne held them scoreless over the first five innings.

On the Pirates’ end, Vic Aldridge kept the Robins off the board for three innings.  In the fourth, though, he gave up four runs on six singles and an intentional walk.  The walk loaded the bases for Osborne, who singled to center to drive in two of the runs.

The score stayed at 4-0 until the Pirates came up in the bottom of the sixth.  A single and two walks loaded the bases to start the inning.  That got Osborne out of the game for Rube Ehrhardt.  Eddie Moore hit into a force at second to score one run, then Smith doubled to drive in two, making the score 4-3.

Aldridge came out for a pinch hitter in the sixth and Babe Adams replaced him.  Adams threw three scoreless innings, allowing a walk and no other runners.

The Pirates meanwhile got two more runs in the seventh.  Grantham led off with an infield hit and Cuyler doubled to drive him in.  Two batters later, Traynor singled to bring in Cuyler, making it 5-4.

Adams finished it out to raise his record to 6-4.  Grantham and Cuyler each had three hits.  Cuyler’s second 3-for-4 game of the day left him hitting 350/420/605.

The Pirates are now 9-4 on their home stand.  After the Sunday off-day tomorrow, the Giants come to town for four games.