1925 Pirate Replay, August 25: Pirates Edged by Boston

The Pirates got a very good outing from Emil Yde, but their hitters got shut down by the Braves’ Jesse Barnes.  The result was a 2-1 loss in the first game of their series in Boston.  The Giants beat Cincinnati, cutting the Bucs’ first-place lead to five games.

Yde allowed only seven hits and a walk over eight innings.  Two of the hits came in the bottom of the first, when Les Mann tripled to drive in Jimmy Welsh with one out.  A ground out with the infield drawn in kept Mann at third and Yde got the last out.

The Pirates got the run back in the top of the second, but missed a chance for more.  Pie Traynor led off with a triple and, after a popup and an intentional walk, Johnny Gooch doubled to tie the game and put runners at second and third.  Yde bounced back to the box and the lead runner, George Grantham, got caught between third and home.  Gooch held second as Grantham was tagged out, and so only made it to third when Eddie Moore reached on an infield hit, loading the bases.  Johnny Rawlings struck out to end the inning.

The Pirates didn’t get another base runner until Rawlings walked with two out in the fifth.  Kiki Cuyler reached on an error, but when Clyde Barnhart singled Rawlings was thrown out at the plate.  Only two more Pirates reached base the rest of the game.

After Mann’s triple, Yde retired 14 of the next 15 batters, the one exception being a single by Mann.  In the sixth, though, Doc Gautreau led off with a walk and moved up on a sacrifice.  Mann then came through again with an RBI single to put the Braves up, 2-1.

The Pirates got only one runner in the last two innings, none past first.  The loss broke Yde’s nine-game win streak, as well as a stretch of 13 wins in 14 decisions.  He’s now 14-6.