1925 Pirate Replay, September 4: Cards Drop Pirates, Ending Win Streak at Nine

The combination of Art Reinhart and Rogers Hornsby was too much for Emil Yde and the Pirates as St. Louis picked up a 9-3 win at Forbes Field.  The loss broke the Pirates’ win streak after nine games.

The Cards got to Yde early.  Hornsby singled in Ray Blades for the game’s first run in the top of the first.  The run was unearned, as Blades had moved into scoring position on an error by Clyde Barnhart in left.  In the second, Les Bell led off with a triple and, after a walk, scored on a single by Tommy Thevenow.  Reinhart struck out while Thevenow stole second.  That led to an odd double play.  Blades hit a sacrifice fly to left, making the score 3-0.  Thevenow, though, got thrown out at third when Glenn Wright cut off Barnhart’s throw and caught the runner with a throw to Pie Traynor.

Yde got tough after that, allowing just two baserunners over the next five innings.  The Pirates, though, struggled to get on the board against Reinhart.  They stranded four runners over the first three innings.  In the fourth, they cut the gap to 3-1 on consecutive, two-out singles by Stuffy McInnis, Johnny Gooch and Yde, but Eddie Moore grounded out to strand two more.  That was all the Bucs managed through the end of the seventh.

In the top of the eighth, Hornsby blasted his 35th home run of the year to extend the Cards’ lead to 4-1.  The Pirates came back in the bottom half, cutting the lead to one run.  They rallied again after two were out.  Traynor singled and Wright doubled for one run, then McInnis singled to drive in Wright.  Max Carey then made his first appearance in nearly three weeks, pinch-hitting for Gooch.  Carey walked, but Bill McKechnie left Yde in to hit and Emil flied out.

The Cardinals blew the game open with five runs in the top of the ninth.  Two singles, with an error on Yde in between, loaded the bases and brought on Babe Adams.  He was greeted by two singles, bringing in four runs.  Later in the inning, Hornsby doubled in a run to make the score 9-3, and that’s where it stayed.

The loss dropped Yde to 15-7.  McInnis had three hits.  The Giants beat the Phillies, cutting the Pirates’ NL lead to eight games.  They face the Cards in a rubber match tomorrow.