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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 26, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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Ing recovered from illness which in
capacitated him in the east. Jim s
last start against the Indians was not
a success and he will find the going
rough again, as Fohl has three slug
gers who crack the pill from the off
side of the plate.
Sox missed an early train because
of the long game yesterday and will
not be home until 9 o clock tonight
Again the excellent scoring ability
of the Cubs was offset by failing of
the pitching and a bit of thoughtless
work by other sections of the de
fense. Four runs weren't enough for
the Tinkerites because of a couple of
bad plays by Zim and a palpable
mutt by Fischer.
Unfortunately, Mordecai Brown
was the pitching victim. The Reds
made only two hits in the first in
ning andsone was a scratch bunt, but
four runs came in. Into this one
round the v Cubs jammed their bad
fielding and Brown also gave out a
fatal pass. Then McConnell took up
the pitching burden and was nicked
at opportune moments.
This Cincinnati series furnishes a
chance for the Cubs to regain some
of the ground they lost to the east
ern clubs, but three straight wins are
now necessary to- insure any ad
vance. The Reds have also been
thoroughly bumped by the eastern
ers and Herzog has a misfit team be
cause of injuries. Chase is playing
in the outfield and Mollwitz on first
If the Cubs do not make any for
ward march now they must start on
the eastern trip with a gloomy out
look. The only ray of hope is that
real summer weather will boil out
the arms of the veteran pitchers and
make them as effective as their past
performances show they should be.
Every member of the box corps has
given a flash at some time this sea
son of the necessary amount of puz
zlement, but the condition has. not
been sustained, and Tinker has never
known at the start of a game how
many pitchers it would take him to
get through. Vaughn -is theonly one
who has been able to go the route t
A glance at the standings of the
two leagues shows the east to have
a stranglehold on the desirable posi
tions. Out "of eight first division
places the west boasts only one,
Cleveland heading the American
league. The lowest eastern team in
the American, Boston, has a lead of
three and a half games over the
White Sox, the leading second divi
sion crew. The Athletics are prac
tically tied with the Sox, having the
same ratio of games won and lost,
but a difference in the number of
contests gives the locals a slight ad
vantage. If there is' no cheer in that situa
tion, don't expect to find it in the
National. In that circuit all four first
division berths are occupied by east
ern teams, and there is no denying
the easterners belong there on the
class of ball they have exhibited in
the west. The Cubs, in fifth place,
are two and a half games back of the
Giants, the fourth club in the race.
Every eastern team won the ma
jority of its games in this region and
not one westerner showed a surplus
for the same period. The Cubs, Pi
rates and Reds made the dourest
showings, St -Louis not doing much
better. New York, of course, was
the. sensation, winning all of its 13
western games.
The season is not yet a fourth
through the hopper, but games won
now count in the standing of the
Red Sox took third straight from
Tigers, Shore being effective. Jen
nings used the usual three pitchers.
Cobb'got two hits.
Bauman, sitting in for Baker with
the Yanks, drove in f6ur runs and
scored two himself to beat the
Browns. Sisler gpX four hits and
Austin soaked a homer. Groom and
Cullop were both hit hard.
Miller held Dodgers to three hits
while Pirates were hammering DelL
Carey cracked a triple and single

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