Ray Kremer came through for the Pirates on the mound and at the plate as they thrashed New York, 9-2. The win gave them four games of five in the series in New York. In three days, they’ve increased their first-place lead from three games to six.
For four innings, Kremer and Giants’ starter Wayland Dean engaged on even terms. The Pirates got a run in the top of the third when Kremer tripled with one out and scored on an infield hit by Eddie Moore. The Giants tied the game in the bottom half on a two-out, RBI single by Bill Terry.
After a quick fourth inning, the Bucs blew the game open in the fifth. A walk to Kremer and two singles loaded the bases with one out, and Kiki Cuyler got hit with a pitch to put the Pirates up. Clyde Barnhart singled to drive in two and then New York’s defense broke down. Pie Traynor popped up behind third; it went for a sacrifice fly when shortstop Travis Jackson caught the ball running away from the plate, allowing Cuyler to tag up and score. The Giants then committed errors on three straight plays: Frankie Frisch booted a grounder to third, Dean dropped the toss covering first on a grounder, and Jackson muffed a popup in shallow center. The misplays brought in two runs, with the inning only ending when George Grantham got thrown out at home on the last error. The six-run inning put the Pirates up, 7-1.
The Bucs picked up two more in the next inning off Giants’ reliever Jack Wisner. Kremer singled and came home when Johnny Rawlings, who played for New York before he came to the Pirates, belted his first home run of the year.
Kremer sailed through the sixth through eighth innings. He gave up a two-out home run in the ninth to Jack Bentley, bringing the score to the final of 9-2.
The win left Kremer 11-8. Moore, Rawlings, Barnhart and Kremer each had two hits. The Bucs move on to Boston for three games.