St. Louis lefty Bill Sherdel was too much for the Pirates in the third game of the teams’ five-game series in St. Louis. Sherdel allowed eight hits, seven of them singles, and kept the Pirates off the scoreboard in a 4-0 Cards’ win.
The Pirates got single runners in the first and second, the latter wiped out by a double play. They didn’t get another runner until the sixth. In the sixth through the eighth, they got runners to first and second each inning, but failed to score.
St. Louis got all they’d need right away in the first against Pirate starter Lee Meadows. A leadoff double by Ray Blades was followed by a sacrifice and a wild pitch, putting the Cards ahead to stay.
Meadows gave up single runs in the third and fourth, on RBI singles by Jim Bottomley and Tommy Thevenow. He departed for a pinch hitter after five innings. The Cards got a final run in the seventh off reliever Tom Sheehan when Rogers Hornsby doubled in Blades.
The Bucs finally got a runner past second in the ninth. Glenn Wright, who had three of the team’s hits, doubled with one out and took third on a single by Stuffy McInnis. Bill McKechnie left Sheehan in to hit and he struck out, then Roy Spencer flied out to end it.
Meadows took the loss and is now 18-10. The Giants lost to Brooklyn, so the Pirates’ NL lead holds at seven games. The Bucs and Cards finish their series with a doubleheader tomorrow.