1925 Pirate Replay, August 12: Yde Makes Early Lead Stand Up Against Giants

The Pirates took an early, 5-0 lead against New York and Emil Yde made it stand up through the ninth inning.  The 5-3 win gave the Bucs their largest first-place lead of the season, five and a half games.

Pittsburgh jumped on Giants’ starter Virgil Barnes quickly.  In the bottom of the first, they loaded the bases on a pair of infield hits and a walk.  With two outs, Glenn Wright blooped a double over third that brought in all three runners.  That gave the Bucs’ shortstop 89 RBIs on the season.

In the third, Kiki Cuyler singled and stole second.  After a walk to Clyde Barnhart, Pie Traynor drove in Cuyler with a single.  Later, Eddie Moore brought Barnhart in with a sacrifice fly.  That made it 5-0.

Yde kept the Giants in check through the first four innings.  He was helped by an unorthodox double play in the fourth.  With Irish Meusel on second and George Kelly on first, Bill Terry lined a single to shallow center.  Meusel got caught in a rundown between third and home and Traynor tagged him out.  Traynor then caught Kelly rounding second and Kelly was tagged out in a rundown.

The Giants got through to Yde in the fifth when Ross Youngs doubled with two out to drive in two runs.  In the top of the sixth, Giants’ shortstop Travis Jackson reached the lefty for a two-out, solo home run to reduce the lead to 5-3.

Yde hung on after that, although it wasn’t all easy.  He gave up three singles and a walk in the seventh, but Johnny Gooch threw Billy Southworth out stealing after the first of the singles.  Yde finally got Kelly to bounce out to end the inning.

After that out, Yde retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth.  The win left him with a 14-5 record, giving him wins in nine straight decisions and 13 of his last 14.  The Pirates finish their four-game series with New York tomorrow.