The Pirates’ final homestand of the year — three games against the New York Giants — figured to be a crucial series. Instead, it’s anticlimactic, as the Bucs clinched the NL pennant yesterday. Today’s 4-0 win by the New Yorkers won’t change anything.
Bill McKechnie rested his key starting pitchers, going with Red Oldham. The lefty threw five innings, allowing three runs. One came in the first, when Ross Youngs tripled and Irish Meusel singled. The other two came in the fifth. With Youngs on third and Frankie Frisch on first, the Giants went for a double steal. Youngs stole home and Frisch also came around to score when Glenn Wright’s return throw to the plate from second was wild.
Babe Adams pitched the last four innings, the 43-year-old’s longest outing since July 25. He gave up one run on a home run by Bill Terry.
The Pirates got eight hits off Jack Scott, but couldn’t get a run home. Max Carey accounted for three of the hits and also stole two bases, extending his league lead to 43. The Bucs’ best chance came in the fifth with one out, but Carey and Kiki Cuyler stranded the runners.
Oldham took the loss to drop to 3-2.