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A large smile spread from 12th
street south to the edge of Gary
last night, and corresponding
gloom hung over the West Side.
The Sox won and the Cubs lost.
Scores : "
Sox, 6 ; St. Louis, 2. Batteries :
Walshand Sullivan; Lake and
Cincinnati, 10; Cubs, 6. Batter
ies: Smith, Humphries and Mc
Lean; Cole, Smith, Richie and
A repetition of last year's story
explains the Cubs' defeat. The
pitching was weak. Cole went
strong for three innings, but
blew completely in the fourth,
and the Reds clicked off triples
and doubles at will. Smith was
not much of an improvement, and
when Richie went into the game
it was lost to the West Siders.
To be a factor in this season's
pennant race, the Cubs must
show strength in the pitching
v If a good left hander is brought
out and Ed Reulbach returns to
his old-time form, the Cubs have
as good a chance t& cpp as any
other team in the league, and bet
ter than a majority. Lavender,
a recruit, may supply this long
felt want on the West Side. Dur
ing the training trip he showed
some major league caliber. Old
Jack Pfeister is blck, and if Jack
is the same Giant killer he-was in
past seasons, Chance will have a
load lifted from his mind.1 It is'
'pitching strength and lots of it
the'Cubs need, and the rest of the
team will show for itself.
Out on the South Side main
interest centered in the showing
of the recruits and the mighty
right arm and red neck of Ed
Walsh. Ed quickly disposed of
all doubts asto his condition, and
at the end of the game had,
Weaver, Rath and Mattick, the
rookies holding down regular po
sitions, did nothing sensational
with the bat or in the field, which
was perhaps, fortunate for them.
If they had started off like world
beaters with a bevy of hits and
flashy fielding stunts the fans
would 'have expected them to re
peat every day. And if they fell
into a slump out would come the
hammers, for baseball 'fans are
mighty forgetful of past deeds.
You have to show the goods ev
But the three kids did act like
ball players. They did what they
had to do, and by their actions
showed they had baseball sense.
Weaver in particular, playing
his first game in the major league
looked promising. He made" the
first clean hit, a ringing single,
and the way he scored from first
on AValsh's double stamped him
as an intelligent baserunner, arid
one willing to take chances. One.
stunt he pulled in the fourth
brought the fans to his support
With Joe Lake on second, a
grounder -was hit to the young