1925 Pirate Replay, August 11: Big Eighth Inning Gives Pirates Win Over Giants

A five-run eighth inning gave the Pirates a 7-4 win in the second game of their series with New York at Forbes Field.  The win extended their first-place lead to four and a half games.

For five innings, the Giants’ Wayland Dean and the Pirates’ Ray Kremer kept the game tight.  Each team scored once in the second.  In the top half, Freddie Lindstrom tripled to drive in Bill Terry, who’d walked.  There was only one out, but Kremer kept Lindstrom on third by fanning catcher Frank Snyder and getting Dean to ground out.  In the bottom half, Glenn Wright tied the game with his 14th home run of the year.

After that, neither team threatened seriously until the sixth.  The Pirates’ defense let Kremer down in the top half.  The inning started with singles by Ross Youngs and Irish Meusel, and an infield hit by Terry.  Wright, though, threw Youngs out at the plate on Terry’s hit.  Kremer struck out George Kelly, but Lindstrom popped up behind short and Wright dropped the ball.  That scored Meusel, then Terry scored when Pie Traynor threw wildly to first on Snyder’s grounder.  That put New York up, 3-1.

The Pirates got one back in the bottom of the sixth when Kiki Cuyler and Clyde Barnhart singled with two out, and Cuyler came around when Youngs mishandled Barnhart’s hit in right.  The Giants made it 4-2, though, in the top of the seventh when Terry’s two-out single drove in Billy Southworth.

The Pirates hit for Kremer in the bottom of the seventh and Johnny Morrison took over in the eighth.  The score stayed 4-2 until the bottom of that inning, when the Pirates took over the game.  Max Carey led off with a double and, after a one-out walk to Cuyler, Barnhart doubled to drive in both runners and tie the game.  Second baseman Kelly booted Traynor’s grounder to put runners at the corners and a ground out by Wright scored Barnhart to put the Pirates ahead, 5-4.  They made it 7-4 when Moore doubled to drive in Traynor and Morrison singled in Moore.

Morrison got into a jam in the ninth when Frankie Frisch doubled with one out and Youngs walked, but he retired Meusel and Terry to end the game.  Morrison got the win to improve his record to 13-10.  It was his third win in relief in the last five days.