July 14, 1924

I peeked into the Schenley breakfast room on my way out to the street to find a pastry wagon and didn't see that cuckoohead Gretchen girl, but it didn't make me any more relieved. Between yesterday's nightmare and the thought of us facing the Bucs again, I was eager to get out of this town and on to Chicago.

So were the Phillies, I bet, after today's game at Forbes. Jimmy Ring has been pitching better lately but he was still 3-11 going into this one, and Pirate pitcher Wilbur Cooper, even though he never looks any better out there than Ring, was 10-4 somehow.

An hour and a half later, I knew why. Ford and Parkinson started our 3rd inning with singles and were left there by Ring, Schultz and Sand. Rabbit Maranville began the Buc 3rd with yet another triple and came home on Carey's double play ball. Even when Pittsburgh makes an out it gets something done.

Best player in the league Kiki Cuyler then whacked a homer to left with one out in the 4th, and the Forbes Field crowd went nuttier than Gretchen. Just for fun, Kiki doubled in the 6th and singled off Steineder in the 7th for the third and last Pirate run of the day.

Meanwhile the Phils were really busy doing nothing, and I didn't mind keeping my back turned to the field when I was setting up the bats because I knew every inning had another tragedy in it. Schultz walked with one gone in the 6th and got erased on a double play. Holke singled to start the 7th and was left there scratching himself. Ford and Parkinson again singled to begin the 8th and Henline hit a pinch double play. Even my buddy Heinie Sand singled to lead the 9th and was wiped off the bases with a double broom.

It was a sickening afternoon all around, and even a fun game of gin rummy in Ford and Parkinson's room later where a few of us won a couple of bucks didn't cheer anybody up. Maybe we'll get lucky and leave Pittsburgh with a win tomorrow, but if I were you I wouldn't bet my lunch on it.

Good night, reader-people!

PHI 000 000 000 - 0 6 0
PIT 001 100 10x - 3 11 0

Other National League games today:

at REDS 2-7-2, BRAVES 1-9-0
Boy, you know Cincy is going through a batting slump when they struggle against the Braves every day. Walker's triple and Bressler's single in the 6th give them a 2-0 lead for new rotation starter Rube Benton, but crummy Red field ing almost gives the game away in the 7th.

GIANTS 12-17-1, at CUBS 3-9-2
Kelly gets dropped back into the 7th hole and reacts with four hits in five times up and the lineup pounds Tony Kaufmann into pudding. Jack Bentley goes all the way for his eighth win, and Gabby Hartnett continues to mash the ball with a homer and all three Cubs runs batted in.

at CARDINALS 4-9-2, ROBINS 1-6-3
Art Decatur, who replaced Dutch Ruether in the Brooklyn rotation, starts this one and doesn't have much, forcing Dutch to mop up for him with three scoreless innings. Cooney's 2-run single in the 3rd breaks the 1-1 tie and knocks the Robins another game behind the Bucs.

NATIONAL LEAGUE through Monday, July 14
Pittsburgh Pirates5528.663
Cincinnati Reds5235.5985
Brooklyn Robins5037.5757
New York Giants4836.5717.5
St. Louis Cardinals4243.49414
Chicago Cubs3847.44718
Philadelphia Phillies3453.39123
Boston Braves2363.26733.5

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