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but the pitchers have regained their
aim to a large extent and can put the
ball across the plate at an angle un
satisfactory to the opposing batters.
That is real control, and with it a
pitcher can afford a base on balls now
and then. -
As an instance, George Pierce
dealt the Braves six passes yesterday
afternoon. But George refused to
become peeved over anything, and
when in trouble put the ball across
with such guile that the other fellows
could get but three hits.
Pierce has been doing some fine
pitching this season, though earlier
in the year he somewhat nullified his
effectiveness by a tendency to rise up
and explode over the landscape when
things didn't break right in his mitt
Opposing teams knew this, and they
also knew that George was suscepti
ble to their rattling tactics. Conse
quently, they campaigned against him
until his ire arose, when he lost all
worth as a pitcher.
During the last few weeks this de
ficiency has been greatly overcome
and Pierce rolls along at a more even
pace at present Yesterday the
Braves tried to get his goat by claim
ing he was using the emery ball, but
George refused to become angry.
Fisher has improved in his fielding
around short, and his batting is more
timely than that of any other fellow
on the team. Throughout the sea
son he has been a good man in this
respect, but he kicked grounders at
inopportune moments, which fre
quently spelled defeat
In the present home series of the
Cubs, Fisher has improved his ground
covering ability, and is also more cer
tain on balls hits directly at him. His
arm also seems to have become a
trifle stronger, and in every angle of
defense he is a better man.
One play by Bob yesterday saved
a lot of trouble. He made a swell
one-handed stop of a grounder, con
verting it into a double play that
pulled Pierce out of the hole.
A team that makes six runs in one
inning off Walter Johnson, as the Sox
did yesterday, and then fails to win
the game, is surely traveling with
something loose. It can be charged
to luck, possibly.
At any rate, the Sox batted better
than any day since they have been
away from home. But the pitchers,
who have been air-tight in every
game of the trip, failed when the bat-
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enough to lose. The fielding also (fli
slipped again, and Washington was
helped considerably in the second
game by some slow thinking by Reb
Russell and a messy peg"by Mayer.
Eddie Collins continued in his bat
ting slump, collecting a measly infield
hit during the afternoon. Two or
three times Eddie was in position to
drive home some runs, but hecouldn't
connect The other players were on
their game more and batted with bet
The replacing of John Collins work
ed out fairly well. Nemo Liebold
fielded excellently, and soaked three
hits in the two games. His average
for the day was 500, a great imprpve
ment over the recent work of Collins.
The defeat was the sixth straight
for the Sox and makes seven out of
nine which have been lost on the trip.
This disastrous showing has dropped
the team to third place, two full
games back of the Tigers and three
and a half games from Boston.
Washington is away back in fourth
place, but the four straight over the
Sox has made them dangerous.
Facing a double header with Brook
lyn, Joe Tinker is praying that his
pitching nominees, Black and Pren
dergast, will be able to carry out their
assignments. If they fail, Ad. Bren-
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Connell having worked Thursday. A CP
lay-off tomorrow will give Joe a
chance to rest McConnell and send
him fresh Monday, and Prendergast'
and Black will also be in shape. That
means there will be no need to take a
chance on Brennan.
Phillies batted McQuillen hard and
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