1925 Pirate Replay, September 14: Pirates Beat Brooklyn to Stop Losing Streak

The Pirates returned home and drubbed Brooklyn, 9-4, to stop a four-game losing streak.  With the Giants off, the win stretched the Bucs’ NL lead to six and a half games.

The Bucs got a good start from Vic Aldridge.  The righty ran into trouble in only one inning, the top of the fourth.  After allowing just two harmless singles in the first three frames, Aldridge let the Robins load the bases with one out.  Cotton Tierney drove in two runs with a double.  A sacrifice fly and a single by reliever Rube Ehrhardt brought in two more.

The four runs tied the game because the Pirates had jumped on Brooklyn starter Guy Cantrell for four in the bottom of the second.  After a leadoff single by Pie Traynor, Glenn Wright tripled and Boots Grantham doubled.  Grantham went to third on a grounder, then scored when Aldridge bounced to short and catcher Zack Taylor dropped the throw home.  Another error later in the inning set up a sacrifice fly by Kiki Cuyler.

After the Robins tied the game, the Pirates took the lead in the fifth against Ehrhardt, who came in after Brooklyn pinch hit for Cantrell.  Two walks, a sacrifice and an intentional walk loaded the bases with one out.  Earl Smith got one run in with a fly ball and Aldridge made it 6-4 with a single.

The Pirates got three more in the eighth to go ahead, 9-4.  Max Carey led off with a triple and scored on a single by Clyde Barnhart.  After a force out, Wright, Grantham and Smith each singled, the last two driving in runs.

After the fourth, Aldridge allowed just three singles and a walk.  The win improved his record to 14-6.  Wright and Grantham each had three hits.