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Today the Cubs are five games be
hind the Giants. Under ordinary con
iitions that would be a big handicap,
!or in the past the Giants have been
capable of a rally when their lead
was threatened by" any other team in
the league. So far this season the
Giants have shown ability to push
down the Cubs when the locals
threatened, but they could not stand
off the Braves and Cards, who are
dizzy with success and playing ball
they didn't know was in their sys
tems. Should there be a revival of old
Cub spirit, the team cannot be count
ed out of the running. But past per
formances do not make the outlook
An opportunity for improvement
Was offered here last Saturday and
Sunday when the Cards visited for
two 'days. But the Cubs failed at the
barrier and dropped both starts. That
pushed them into fourth place and
the St. Louis people seem intent on
keeping them there.
Beating Brooklyn will help us
some, but not enough. The real test
will be when the Braves and Giants
come to town. If the home guards
can wallop the Dodgers and Phils,
then do the same to both Braves and
Giants the outlook is rosy.
It all depends on the coming battles
with the first and second place teams.
A distant approach to the scrappy,
upstanding article of ball the Cubs
have put on in the last two days
would have given them a decent
showing on the trip through the east
ern cities, and they should now be
within two games of the top.
Whether they can recover from the
staggering blows dealt them by the
effete cities is the problem. And we
haven't the answer concealed about
Yesterday's batting was the best
in 19 games. It was timely and vi
cious. The athletes stepped to the
pan as though they expected to crack
the ball, and this confidence aided in
the downfall of Pat Ragan, who
thought he was a Brooklyn pitcher.
Hageman pitched the last seven in
nings for us and held the Dodgers to
a single run. He walloped a double
and three singles, and they were im
portant assets in accumulating our
runs. Bresnahan knocked a potent
trinle and sinele. and Zimmerman
achieved the dream of all diamond iV
stars, a nome run witn the bases
Humphries tried to pitch, and was
trimmed for five runs m two innings.
One hit in the pinch in the seventh
inning would have been almost as
valuable as the entire dozen bingles
the Chifeds gathered against Balti
more -yesterday. The sacks were
loaded and one was dead. Rollie
Zeider banged into a double play.
Tinker had a semblance of his reg
ular line-up back in the game. Zeider
returned to third base, but Fritz re
mained in service, relieving the ach
Rollie showed slight effects of his
long vacation. He had not focused
his eye on the pill and failed to drive
it safe all afternoon. His recovery
is an encouraging feature, however,
and doesn't come a bit too soon, as
the defeat edged the locals out of
first place in favor of Indianapolis.
Tinker has no easy task winning
this federal pennant. Both Indian-apolis-and
Baltimore are playing ball
that is hard to beat. Bill Phillips'
crew is a hard-hitting, fast-running
organization, which relies on a
vicious attack for victory".
Knabe has a bunch that can also
make some runs, but the Baltimore-
ans nave one 01 me uiusi liupregna- j
KIp defenses in the new organization. ' '
Swacina, Knabe, Doolan and "Walsh
or Kirkpatrick form, an inner wall
that is capable of cutting down any
thing that comes within reach .
Behind this is good pitching, Quinn
and Suggs carrying the brunt of the
work, with Wilhelm not far behind.
Indianapolis has not been a stumb
ling block for the North Siders yet,
but should Baltimore get into, the van