1925 Pirate Replay, August 23: Pirates Split Two With Giants, Maintain Five-Game Lead

The Pirates played their second straight doubleheader in New York, this one due to a rainout two days ago.  In game one, Babe Adams got knocked out early and a late rally fell short, as the Giants won, 7-4.  In game two, Red Oldham’s three scoreless relief innings proved key in a 3-2 Pirate win.

Adams couldn’t get through the third inning of the opener.  The Giants got a run in the second on a single by Travis Jackson.  In the third, Adams retired the first two batters, but then the roof fell in.  Frankie Frisch doubled and, after an infield hit, Irish Meusel singled in a run and Bill Terry doubled in another.  Tom Sheehan replaced Adams and gave up a single to George Kelly that drove in two more.  That made it 5-0, Giants.

Sheehan ended up throwing four and a third innings.  He had little trouble except in the fifth, when he gave up a pair of runs on three singles, an error and a ground out.

Giants’ starter Kent Greenfield shut the Pirates down through the first seven innings.  He had a perfect game through six innings, finally allowing a runner on a two-out infield single by Kiki Cuyler in the seventh.

The Bucs finally got to Greenfield in the eighth.  After a pair of one-out singles, Earl Smith doubled in a run.  Eddie Moore, seeing his first action in four days, pinch hit for Sheehan and drove in two with a single.  Carson Bigbee and Johnny Rawlings both singled to make the score 7-4 and chase Greenfield.  John McGraw called for Jack Scott, who got the next two hitters to end the inning.

The Pirates went down in order in the ninth.  The loss left Adams 6-5.

In the second game, both teams had a lot of chances but failed to capitalize on most.  The Giants stranded 13 and the Pirates eight.

New York did get a run in the bottom of the first on a single by Ross Youngs, who had four hits in the game.  The Giants had another chance in the third when they got runners to the corners with one out, but Pirate starter Johnny Morrison got Meusel on a popup and Terry on a ground out.

The Pirates tied the game in the top of the fourth off Freddie Fitzsimmons when Pie Traynor singled with two out and Glenn Wright doubled to drive him in.  The Giants got the lead back in the bottom half.  A walk and two singles loaded the bases with one out, and a single by Billy Southworth drove in one run.  With the bases still loaded, Morrison got Frisch to pop up and Youngs to ground out.

In the sixth, the Pirates missed their own chance with one out and runners at the corners.  In the seventh, though, they took the lead.  A single by George Grantham, a ground out and a pinch-hit single by Stuffy McInnis tied the game.  Moore bunted to move up McInnis’ pinch runner, Bigbee, and Rawlings doubled to put the Bucs ahead, 3-2.

With Morrison out, Bill McKechnie turned to Oldham and he held the lead.  He had to pitch out of trouble in the eight when New York loaded the bases with two out, but he got Frisch on a grounder to end the inning.  The Giants stranded one final runner in the ninth.

Morrison got the win to go to 14-11.  The Pirates maintained their five-game, first-place lead.  Tomorrow the teams finish their five-game series.