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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 28, 1913, Image 9

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which Prank Schulte duplicated. Zim
and Humphries each poled a pair of
Evers and Bridwell went hitless
during the afternoon, but their field-,
ing around the middle stack was high
class. The boss handled 10 chances
) and Brid attended to six. One of
Evers star plays was a leaping one-
handed catch of a drive from Wilson's
war club.
So far the Cubs have won nine
games-and lost four, giving them a
percentage eight points behind the
Giants for first-place in the race. And,
remember, the majority of these? vic
tories have been copped with poor
pitching. Larry Cheney has twirled
three good games, Richie went well
' in one but of three and Charley Smith
did a nice job against the Pirates Sin
Pittsburgh Saturday. Jimmy Laven
der, one of the stars of the curving
corps, has been practically valueless
because of illness and is still in a
weakened condition. Stickwork, and
stickwork alone, have been respon
sible for the wins. When the pitch
ing improves, as it is sure to, the
Cubs will be a hard team to beat If
they can win nine out of thirteen
with poor pitching, it looks like a
good season for Johnny Evers.
. That pitching staff may be
strengthened by the addition of an
other star hurler. Evers is on the
trail of Tyler or Perdue of the Bos
ton Braves. Tyler is .a crack south
paw and Perdue would be one of the
leading pitchers of the league on -a
good team. Evers is believed-to have
made an offer for one of the twisters,
offering some of the surplus infield
and garden material on the Cub ros
ter. Ward Miller is one of the players
mentioned inthe prospective dicker.
Dropping the last game to St. Louis
by a 3-to-0 score, the White Sor
wound up their first home series with
a 'record of four games -won and sis
"lost, making their standing so far
eight won and the same number lost
And with any decent hitting .the. Sox
s hould -frer 'right up -with- Cleveland
fighting for second place.
In the ten home games the Sox
have scored 14 runs, an average of
one and two-fifths to a game. Even
with this weak offensive work they
have managed to cop two-fifths of
the games, simply because the pitch
ing was of a high order. In the four
games won the Sox made eight runs,
three in one game, "two in two others
and one in the fourth. That is ah
average of only two runs to a game.
The pitching has to be air-tight to
win on that run-getting ability. Each
win was by a one-run margin.
How good the pitching has been is
shown by the fact that in only two
games has an opposing team scored
more than three runs on the South
Side heavers, Cleveland getting four
runs in one and nine in another. A
pinch hit would have won any of the
games but the one in which Cleve
land made the big score. And there
were plenty of opportunities for these
opportune swats. In some of the
games there were as many as four
One hundred and sixteen times a
Sox player reached first base in the
ten home -games. When it is remem
bered that only fourteen scored it is
easy to see that there was something
wrong. Lak on pinch hitting was
the worst fault. Eead-footed . base
running was another. 'Sixty-six of
the Sox reached first on hits, 42 on
passes and eight on errors.
With the exception of- Ed Walsh,
every member of the South Side
pitching staff is in fine condition.
Lefty Russell, the Texas southpaw,
has proven a great discovery. The
youngster has pitched twenty-one in
nings, and only eight hits have been
made off his shoots. He acted' as re
lief pitcher in one game and held
the Naps to a single in three innings.
In another he was hit safely five
times by the Tigers, but lost His
game against St Louis Saturday,
jwhen he held the Browns to two hits,
was a remarkably well-pitche'd battle.
. Ed-Walsh is -suffering from frip,-

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