The Pirates got a pair of outstanding pitching performances to open their series in New York, leading them to a doubleheader sweep of the Giants. In game one, Specs Meadows held New York to six hits in an 8-1 win. In game two it was Vic Aldridge’s turn, as he won a 2-1 pitching duel.
The doubleheader came after some shuffling in the schedule. The game yesterday was rained out, leaving the teams to play twinbills on two consecutive days before finishing the series with a single game on Monday. This date was originally slated for two games.
For most of the way, the first game was a pitchers’ duel between Meadows and New York’s Virgil Barnes. Kiki Cuyler homered, his 13th of the year, to give the Bucs a 1-0 lead in the first. Frankie Frisch answered with a longball of his own in the bottom of the third to tie the game.
The Pirates came back quickly in the top of the fourth. Three straight singles started the inning, with Glenn Wright picking up the RBI. One out later Johnny Gooch drove in another run to make it 3-1.
Meadows kept control of the game from that point on. The Giants got only four singles after Frisch’ homer.
The Bucs didn’t do any better against Barnes until the ninth, when they put the game away with five runs. RBI singles by Carson Bigbee — still subbing for an injured Max Carey — and Pie Traynor, a two-run single by Cuyler, and a sacrifice fly by Wright ran the score to 8-1. Meadows allowed just a walk in the bottom half of the inning.
The win upped Meadows’ record to 16-8. The Pirates had 13 hits, with Cuyler getting three, along with three RBIs.
The second game stayed tight to the end. Aldridge allowed nine hits and four walks, but the hits were all singles except a double by mound opponent Jack Scott. Catcher Earl Smith helped by throwing two runners out stealing in the first inning, and Aldridge stranded nine.
The defense helped Aldridge again in the bottom of the fourth. With one on and one out, Aldridge walked Bill Terry and gave up an RBI single to George Kelly. The runners moved up to second and third when Clyde Barnhart fumbled the ball in left. The next hitter, Freddie Lindstrom, bounced to Wright at short and he caught Terry in a rundown between third and home. Traynor tagged Terry out, then threw to second to catch Lindstrom trying to advance, making it a double play.
The Pirates meanwhile struggled with Scott. They had only six hits in the game and got just one runner as far as second in the first five innings. In the top of the sixth, Traynor led off with a single. Wright followed with a home run to left, putting the Pirates up, 2-1. It was his 15th of the year and gave him a team-leading 94 RBIs.
Aldridge didn’t allow any runner past first from the sixth through the eighth. Lindstrom led off the ninth with a single and went to second on a wild pitch. Aldridge, though, struck out Frank Snyder and got Billy Southworth on a popup.
With the win, Aldridge is now 9-6. The Pirates have a five-game lead over the Giants.