1925 Pirate Replay, September 27: Pirates Win Rain-Shortened Game

The Pirates opened their final series of the season with a 4-3 win in Cincinnati.  The game ended after five innings due to rain.

The Reds got the early lead against Ray Kremer.  Hughie Critz, who went 3-3 in the game, led off the bottom of the first with a double, then came around on a bunt and a sacrifice fly by Edd Roush.

The lead increased to 3-0 in the third.  Critz singled and Roush walked to put two on with two out.  The two then pulled off a double steal and when Eddie Moore — still replacing Pie Traynor at third — failed to handle the throw, Critz scored.  Rube Bressler then drove Roush in with a single.

In the first three innings, the Pirates’ only baserunner off the Reds’ Dolf Luque reached on an error.  In the fourth, though, the Pirates loaded the bases with three straight, one-out singles by Max Carey, Kiki Cuyler and Carson Bigbee, who started with Clyde Barnhart resting.  Moore hit into a force play, scoring Carey.  When Moore stole second, Cuyler came home on a wild throw by catcher Bubbles Hargrave, making the score 3-2.

The Bucs took the lead in the fifth.  With two out, Kremer and Fresco Thompson both doubled for one run, and Carey singled for another.  That made it 4-3.

Kremer stranded two runners in the bottom of the fifth.  Then the weather intervened and, with no pennant race at issue, the game was ultimately called.

Kremer’s record improved to 16-8.  Carey was the only Pirate with two hits and also stole his league-leading 45th base.