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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 24, 1913, Image 11

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around, with the Sox a run behind.
A hit and a pass placed men on first
and second with two out. It was up
to Berger. When Joe came to the
plate, swinging his two sticks, a howl
of derision went up from the stands.
The bugs yelled for Easterly, Lange
anybody but Berger. It is not very
encouraging to have a crowd of fans
as loyal as the Sox followers usually
are turn against you.
Right, here Berger proved his
worth. Hamilton got him in the hole
with two straight strikes, and some
bugs even yelled for the Brown
pitcher to slip over a strike out But
Joe only took a tighter hold on his
club, waltzed into the next pitch and
burned it to right field for a single,
sending home Weaver with the tieing
run.
Immediately the fans who had
been yelling for his life switched.
They began to boost Joe as the only
real guy who ever lived.
Sending Berger up there in the
pinch looked like a bad move on
the part of whoever was directing
affairs on the Sox bench. But it was
not If Berger failed it only meant
the loss of one game. If he delivered,
it meant he would gam confidence,
and face the pitchers with more de
termination in the future. Also the
fans would be on his side and boost
ing from the bugs has made many a
ball player.
Joe showed this added confidence
when he came to bat at the start of
the 12th inning, when the Sox won.
He opened the frame with a smash
at Hamilton, a much harder and
more solid swat than his single to
right The ball caromed off the pitch
er's feet and went for a single. Lord's
safe bunt, Chase's sacrifice and Col
lins' loffg fly brought Berger around
with the tally that won.
In the face of hoots and jeers Ber
ger gave a remarkable exhibition of
gameness. It is going to help him
with the fans and will make a world
of difference in his playing,
sge Susseff at,Jast Jiad a- little
luck. He pitched good ball and
should have been scored on but once.
Poor fielding was responsible for the
other two Brown runs. In spite of
Russell's good pitching it looked like
he was in for a defeat until Brief
and Austin made a pair of sandlot
errors in the eighth inning after two
were out, putting the Sox only one
behind. It was one of the few times
this season that the Texas rebel has
had anything like a break in the luck
when pitching. Usually the Sox fail
to hit and the enemies field sensa
tionally when he toils.
Ray Schalk put on a play in the
eighth inning of the second game
that was the real goods. With John
ston on first Austin put down a sac
rifice to Lord. This left third uncov
ered and Johnston tried to take two
bases on the suicide. Weaver and
Lord were both far from the sack,
but Schalk raced down there, took
Chase's perfect throw on the dead
run and dived into the runner for
the put out. The play was a combina
tion, of quick thinking and perfect
playing. Chase and his good toss
were important factors.
Mr. R. Bresnahan, at various times
early in the season referred to as the
$12,000 coach, Murphy's Mistake, a,
white elephant and numerous other
names which did not indicate his real
business, is beginning to make the
fans sit up and take notice.
It is difficult to find a bug now who
doesn't admit that Roger is a regular
catcher, able to do a man's work any
day in the week. A few held this
opinion all the time, but it is only
lately that Bresnahan has been get
ting the credit due him.
Since Archer was injured in the
third Brooklyn game Bresnahan has
done daily duty behind the bat and
the Cub team has not suffered in
defense because of the change. Roger
is pegging the base stealers as good
as any man in the business. He has
also done his share of the clubbing.
But it is in the work of the pitchers
that his Influence is really felt Since.
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