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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

Pirates Close Out Superbas on Sam Leever’s 3-Hit Gem

It’s a must-win Game 4 in Brooklyn as Jay Hughes takes the mound for the Superbas against the Pirates’ Sam Leever.

The Pirates got on the board right away on Honus Wagner’s double in the top of the first and manager Fred Clarke’s base hit. They added two more in the top of the second when Wid Conroy, Sam Leever, Ginger Beaumont and Claude Ritchey strung together four singles in five hitters.

Left fielder Jimmy Sheckard got Brooklyn’s first hit in the bottom of the second with a double but Leever retired the Superbas from there – fly out, pop out, ground out. He didn’t give up another base runner until the bottom of the sixth when Doc Farrell led off with a single, but Jay Hughes then grounded into a force out to eras the runner. Claude Irwin got a two-out single in the seventh for Brooklyn, but Tom McCreery then fouled out to Pittsburgh first baseman Kitty Bransfield.

And that was it, as Leever retired the last seven hitters he faced to complete a three-hit gem and wrap up the series, three games to one, for Pittsburgh. Leever’s line for the game was immaculate – three hits no walks, five strikeouts, and a 92-pitch shutout.

So Pittsburgh, after dominating the league in the regular season, advances to the 1902 World Series (which never happened – still simulatin’ here.)

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