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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 17, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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was on in the ninth when he repeat
ed. A little restraint might have
changed the course of the game.
The game did demonstrate that
the Sox are no great shakes against
a good left-hander. They got some
runs off Weilman, but the lengthy
southpaw was his own worst enemy
and hits were not the cause of his
downfall They also had Ed Plank in
difficulty, but again because of pass
es, only one hit being made off the
veteran in two and a third innings.
And there are some good south
paws in the league. Weilman, Plank,
Coveleskie, Coumbe, James, Ruth,
Leonard, Bressler, Wyckoff, Boeh
ling, Harper and Hamilton are all
southpaws of more than ordinary ef
ficiency and will give the locals a lot
of worry.
Fournier will be the member of the
wrecking crew to suffer the most, as
he is more baffled by the offside
shoots than are Ed Collins and Jack
son. The team is a good runmaking
organization, but needs to be force
fully impressed with the fact that it
never has enough runs.
One inquisitive fan wants to know
why in thunder the Cubs are not win
ning more ball games. The mystery
is very deep, but after thorough in
vestigation and deduction we find
that the Cubs are not hitting and
scoring runs, which appears to be
the solution.
On the brand .of pitching they have
been receiving the Cubs should have
four victories and one defeat, instead
of having those figures reversed.
Hendrix, Seaton and McConnell have
turned in four beautifully pitched
games and Long George has the lone
victory. In no game except the one
pitched by Jim Vaughn has the en
emy made more than six hits.
But good pitching won't win with
out runs to back it and the results
have been heartbreaking to the Cub
hurlers. There is encouragement in
the fact that the Cub heavers are
veterans and are not liable to be up
pet by the string of misfortunes trail
ing them. They will rattle along
with the assurance that in time their
mates will begin to pound the ball,
for there is hitting strength present
and it must surely come to the sur
face before many days.
Every one, however, does not seem
to be working with the same courage
and heart as the pitchers. Heinie
Zimmerman has been gazetted two
days in a row as failing to exert him
self as he should. Saturday in Cin
cinnati he did not run out a ground
ball, and yesterday in St Louis he did
not relay the ball home when the
winning Cardinal run counted.
The war correspondents report
that even if Heinie had made the
throw Hornsby probably would have
counted, but there was a chance.
There is always a chance and the
winning ballplayer is the' one who.1
tries to take advantage of it
No team has ever won a pennant
when the athletes weren't trying
every step of the way, no matter
how much things seemed to be
agdmst them. Tinker evidently
faces the same problem that' trou
bled recent Cub managers.
Mulligan is playing better ball and
should have regained his stride by
the time the club returns home
Thursday. A good start before the
home folks will be a big help to him.
The Tigers are having a hard time
getting started. Their batting- is
strong, but they have been given bad
pitching. Yesterday they knocked 13
hits, but Cobb and Young were
thrown out at the plate when the
game seemed won. Veach got three
doubles and a single and Cobb a dou
ble and single. Speaker hit three for
Cleveland.
Hal Chase played first part of the
game for Cincinnati against Pitts
burgh and poled a double and single,
also stealing two bases. The Pirates
were soft Toney passed eight, but
was effective. Hal wasn't the kind of
ballplayer wanted in the American
league, said Ban Johnson, but he
should be valuable to the older or
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