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and almost valueless as a relief man.
Breath-taking as is the fight be
tween Red and White Sox for the
present lead of the pennant contin
gent, the real interest all around the
circuit centers down in St. Louis,
where Fielder Jones' Browns have
been pushing back all invaders with
g a stiff thrust
" Clubs that are up around the top
are carefully watching the play of
the Browns, and all have a nervous
feeling over how far this present
rush will take the former lowly ones.
Each game the Browns win adds to
the, confidence and determination of
the club. They played courageous
ball when their case seemed hope
less. Imagine with what added vim
they will go about their work now
that the top of the heap is in sight
Jones and his troop are half a
game from a tie for fourth place,
five games from second and five and
a half games from the pinnacle. The
latter obstacle is a large one at this
stage of the game, but the speed at
which the Browns are traveling
whittles down the chances against
The drive which they are now
making, in which 19 games have
been won and 2 lost, has been ac
complished against all kinds of ball
teams. Mack's people were the only
soft spot New York didn't take a
game and Boston got but two in five.
Washington has, failed to dent the
No one department has been" the
outstanding factor in this rise. The
pitching has been excellent, but the
batting has ably supported the box
work. Davenport, Plank, Weilman,
Koob, and, on occasions, Hamilton
ft and Groom, have been standing the
enemy on their heads with puzzling
shoots. But their work has been ma
terially lightened by the way the
club has been batting. Pratt, SIsler,
Shotton, Marsans and Miller have
. taken frequent and lusty cracks at
everything pitched. Johnson, Shaw-
key, Mogridge, Ruth, Leonard, Bush 1
and Myers all looked alike to the
And the team, steered by Jones,
will make few mistakes of the mind.
Fielder doesn't breed thoughtless
They beat i Johnson yesterday. I
Pratt got three hits and Sisler two. ;
Hamilton and Davenport held Wash- i
ington. St. Louis made a triple play. '
We have gotten far down in the
"dope" today before talking about
the Cubs. But we haven't reached ..
any farther down than the objects of
our discourse. The team is still los-
ing and the long string of defeats
has started the team playing bad
Hitting is absent and the fielding is
not up to par. The infield is not
strong, with Saier playing poor ball x
and Zim traveling in a careless man
ner. The pitching is still good, but
a pitcher can't win a game smgle-.
handed. Cheney held 'em to three
hits yesterday. Vaughn was knocked -out
Pipp'shomer with one on put the
Yanks in lead. Smith pinched for the
pitcher with one on an4 duplicated,
giving Cleveland the game. 3
Macks finally broke losing streak,-.
Bush holding Tigers to four hits..
Cobb got two. Strunk, Lajoie and
Mclnniss hit hard.
Alexander blanked the Reds with.
three hits, then Bender was slugged
for an even break.
Benton allowed "Cards only three
hits, but lost first game. Perritt's
good pitching evened the count Ino
the second game Betzel worked the
hidden ball trick on Merkle.
The National league is going to3
make baseball a quiet, sedate pas-t
time. The league meeting yesterday i
voted that in the future coaching
from the bench shall be restricted-)
No words shall be spoken to-the um
pires, rival players or spectators.
Players can talk to their teammates.
The umpires were upheld on the pro
tests by the Boston club. Next Sat-3,
urday Bob Emslie will complete Jiiaj
. ! '