1925 Pirate Replay, October 11: Walter Johnson Shuts Out Pirates as Senator Take Commanding Series Lead

Senators’ star pitcher, Walter Johnson, threw a shutout as Washington beat the Pirates in game four of the World Series, 4-0, at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.  All the Pirates could manage was six singles and two walks.  Johnson fanned only two, eight fewer than when he won the Series opener, but the results were just as good if not better.

Pirates’ starter Emil Yde, pitching for the first time in 18 days, failed to get out of the third inning.  Yde walked two in the first inning, but got out of it when Joe Harris bounced into an around-the-horn double play.  Yde gave up just a single in the second.

The third got off to a good enough start, as Johnson singled but Clyde Barnhart threw him out trying to stretch the hit into a double.  The next two batters reached, though, on a single and an error by Glenn Wright.  Goose Goslin followed with a three-run home run, his second round-tripper of the Series.  The very next batter, Joe Harris, hit his second home run of the Series and suddenly the score was 4-0.

When Yde walked the next batter, Joe Judge, Johnny Morrison replaced him, but the damage was done.  Morrison did a fine job in relief, throwing four and two-thirds scoreless innings, but it was too late.

The Pirates got two aboard with one out in the second, but two ground outs ended the threat.  That started a string of twelve straight hitters retired by the Big Train, until Max Carey singled with one out in the sixth.  Carey was retired, then the Pirates got two singles in the seventh, but one was wiped out on a line-drive double play.  A one-out single in the eighth was also fruitless.

The 43-year-old Babe Adams pitched out of a first-and-third, one-out situation in the bottom of the eighth.  Pie Traynor led off the top of the ninth with a walk, but a double play and a ground out brought the game to an end.

Washington now leads the World Series, three games to one.  No team has ever come back from such a deficit.  The Pirates will pin their hopes on Vic Aldridge, who got them their only win so far.  He’ll face Stan Coveleskie tomorrow in the final game in Washington.