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dealt five passes. But if George had
fielded his position properly the Cards
would have had but one run. That
might have changed the entire com
plexion of the gameBeing two runs
to the bad forced the Cub's to change
the system of attack, and was respon
sible for Johnston being caught off
first in the eighth. Jimmy took too
big a lead and was trapped by Robin
son. The score made it impossible for
the outfielder to wait for a sacrifice.
Pierce's first failure in the fielding
line occurred in the second inning
and a run was the result. Jack Miller
lined one down the first base line
which Saier batted down with his
glove. Vic retrieved the pill in plenty
of time to have nailed the runner at
first, but no one was on the bag to
accept a throw. So Miller got credit
for a hit, and scored as the result of
a couple of passes and a sacrifice fly.
A triple play lifted Pierce out of a
hole of his own digging.
Miller's blow was a sound one, and
looked like a hit when it started. For
that reason Pierce should not be se
verely condemned for not covering
the bag. But a hard-working pitcher,
one who is alive to every opportunity,
would have been chasing toward the
sack with the crack of the bat, as it
was impossible to tell from the box
where the pill was headed.
Again in the sixth inning Wilson
was credited with a hit because
Pierce failed to protect first prop
erly. The Chief bumped one to Saier
and raced Pierce fpr the bag. The
pitcher was too fleet, and crossed the
cushion before Saieis throw, which
was in plenty of time to have nailed
the former Pirate.
No damage resulted. In fact, neith
er of these slips were absolutely bad.
If Pierce had covered in the second
he would have been creditd with a
great play, and one that few pitchers
would have tried. But those few
pitchers are the successful boys, and
their activity is usually reflected in
the standing of their teams.
In the second inning Jimmy John
ston gave vent to a brain convolution
that resulted in a triple play, though
Jimmy had no idea of such whole
sale execution when he engineered
the play. The bases were loaded
when Snyder lofted to deep center.
Johnston got the ball and saw that
a play for the plate was impossible.
He figured that Magee, who was on
second, might loaf for third, expect
ing the ball to go to the plate. So
Johnston shot to Leach. Magee had
the ball apparently beat, so Tommy
stepped toward second to make a play
on Cruise, who was on first when the
fly w.as knocked. He threw his man
out to Zimmerman. Magee thought
he would catch Heinie asleep, and
darted for the plate. The Dutchman
had his head up and lined the ball to
Bresnahan in time to get Magee.
Though Johnston had no idea of
the play working out in that way, he
showed fast thinking by making the
throw to third base.
Miller Huggins has a good man in
Beck, who replaced Dolan at third.
Good was on second in the first when
Sweeney flied to right. Wilbur tried
to beat Wilson's throw after the
catch. He would have been safe with
a slide. But Beck stood straight up as
Good raced in, bluffing Wilbur into
believing the ball was not near. At
the proper moment he reached out,
grabbed the throw, and touched Good
The Cards have three more games
to play on the West Side in this series.
The two teams seem evenly matched
at the present time, and should fur
nish interesting contests.
Not even O'Day knows who will be
used in the box, as the curving staff
is shot up. Humphries showed lack
of effectiveness in the one inning he
worked after relieving Pierce.
Tinker's Feds, with Wilson back in
the game, clawed a victory out of
Gessler's Pirate rebels, due to the
good pitching of Watson and an im
pregnable defense At critical mo
ments Watson's mates came to his
assistance with the necessary plays