chance with him. But every tlme he
pitches he seems to have the.needful
stuff. His speed is good, he has a nice
hooker and better control than nine
tenths of the southpaws. In addition,
he has a world of confidence in his
own ability to trim any team in the
league, and this, is a big asset. From
now until the finish' of the season
Pierce is liable to get all the work he
wants, and should be ready to take
his regular turn in the pit next spring.
Something is wrong in the defen
sive work of the Cubs. Too many
bases are being stolen. This is not
aimed at Bresnahan, Archer or Need
ham, as the receivers seem to be
doing their share of the work. The
fault seems to lie with the way the
throws are handled around the keystone-
sack. Evers and Bridwell, who
play almost like well-oiled machines
in most cases, frequently appear, to
cross each other when a base run
ner, attempts to steal. It is possible
they start to cover too late. Of
course, a fielder who can wait until
the ball lights in the catcher's glove
and then get to the base in time for
the throw is a valuable man,, as he
remains in position long enough to
break, up the hit-and-run play. But
there is such a thing as overdoing the
. Evers does most of the covering.
He is one of the best men in the
business at tagging runners and
should bear the brunt of the work.
Bridwell is as fast as Evers in getting
to the bag, but comes from the wrong
side to make quick tags. "The catcher
tries to throw a foot or so on the
first base side of second when he at
tempts to murder a- would-be stealer
and this makes it more difficult for
the shortstop than for. the second
baseman. Bridwell should start to
cover just a mite sooner than Evers
The pitchers, too, are responsible
for some of these stolen bases, as
they dont hold the batters on as they
should. Cheney, for all his effective
ness, is not a whale at keeping run
ners glued to the sacks. Pierce 13
inexperienced at that angle, and
Humphries, with his peculiar side
arm motion, is also at a disadvantage.
The best of the locals at tieing a man
to the bag is Charley Smith.
Eive men stole on Archer in the
double bill yesterday.
Humphries held Boston to three
hits in eight innings. Then they got
to him' for nine bingles in the ninth
with only two, men out. Two were on
bases and the Cubs were two ahead
when Cheney came on .and wound up
the slaughter. Conolly got two sin
gles in the inning.
Eddie Plank took his fourth
straight beating yesterday, Cleveland
thumping him soundly. The Mack
men batted Blanding hard, but won
derful fielding held down the score.
Baker hit one- of the longest home
runs ever made on the Cleveland field.
Joe Birmingham lifted his team along
with a pair of doubles and one single.
Allison of the Browns stopped the
Red Sox for ten innings, but went to
pieces in the eleventh after Balenti
bad missed a chance to make the
third out. Then Boston scored four
times. Balenti had previously han
dled ten chances, cutting off several
hits. Bedient halted the Browns with
hal fa dozen wallops.
Ty Cobb and Veach superintended
the putting away, of Joe Boehling
yesterday, Veach prodding a. couple
of doubles that scored four runs and
Cobb running wild on the bases.
Dubuc held Washington except in the
third, when Foster whaled a home
run with two on.
Half of the hits made in the Giant-St-
Louis double-header were for ex
tra bases and large scores resulted.
Konetchy poled two doubles and two
homers. Doyle and Herzog also
knocked four basers. The first game
was a regular affair until the eighth,
when Sallee was chased fer kicking.
New York then rolled up six runs.
Huggins used six pitchers in the two
games. Marquard and Tesreau won
for the Giants.
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