The Pirates and Reds moved from Forbes Field yesterday to Redland Field in Cincinnati today, but the result was the same. The Bucs got 11 hits off another of the Reds’ excellent starters, Eppa Rixey, but managed only one run in a 6-1 loss.
The Pirates had to adjust to the loss yesterday of center fielder Max Carey. Kiki Cuyler shifted from right to center and Eddie Moore moved from second to right. Veteran utility man Johnny Rawlings took over at second.
Cincinnati again took a first-inning lead, only this time in the bottom of the inning. Johnny Morrison gave up leadoff doubles to Sam Bohne and Babe Pinelli. After a sacrifice, Curt Walker singled and Walter Holke tripled to put the Reds up, 3-0. Fortunately, the Pirates got a double play when Glenn Wright threw Holke out at the plate on Hughie Critz’ bouncer to short and Critz got caught trying to go to second.
The Pirates got on the board in the top of the third, but could have had more. Moore and Stuffy McInnis singled with one out. Cuyler doubled to drive in Moore, but got caught rounding second. The next batter was retired, stranding McInnis at third and leaving the score 3-1.
Morrison shut the Reds down from the second through the sixth. The Pirates meanwhile missed chance in the fifth and seventh. They left the bases loaded in the fifth. In the seventh, Morrison led off with a single, but Moore hit into a double play. McInnis followed with a single and Cuyler sent him to third with another double, but Clyde Barnhart lined out.
The Reds extended their lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the seventh. Holke led off with another triple and scored on a single by Critz, who came around on a double by catcher Bubbles Hargrave. Cincinnati got a final run off Tom Sheehan in the eighth when Pinelli doubled and scored on a single by Edd Roush. The Pirates got only one hit over the last two innings.
Morrison took the loss, falling to 13-11. McInnis and Cuyler each had three hits. The Bucs lost half a game to the Giants, who split a doubleheader with Boston. The Bucs’ first-place lead is three and a half games. The play again in Cincinnati tomorrow.