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the Harp went behind the log you'll
notice that the literary experts have
discovered that Evers' pitching staff
is not such a cheesy aggregation as
they at first thought. It has been
discovered that they are good enough
to stick in fast company for another
week or so. The way Bresnahan has
handled the heavers is mainly re
sponsible for this improvement
Bresnahan's first game was
against Brooklyn June 15, when
Toney, Richie and Leifleld tried to
pitch. The first named lasted less
than an inning. The last two were
wild and easy to hit. You can't make
a gold watch with a piece of tin and
a pen knife.
Cheney opened against the Phillies
and beat them easily. Larry is all
right, no matter who he pitches to.
But the next day Bresnahan's hand
ling of the pitchers showed for itself.
Charley Smith whitewashed the Phils
and let them down with seven bits.
Humphries was in the box the
third game of the series and did his
best work of the year. Such sluggers
as Cravath, Magee, Lobert and Lud
erus were practically helpless. Lud
erus got one hit to left. Cravath pop
ped out three times and fanned once.
Most of the put-outs were on fly
balls. That means something. Most
any fielder can catch a fly, but when
a ball rolls on the ground there is
always a chance that it will take a
bad hop, or that the fielder will make
a poor throw. Bresnahan was call
ing for the pitches where the Phils
would be forced to life easy flies.
Jimmy Lavender wound up the
home stand against the Phillies. Jim
handed out only one pass and was
nicked for five hits. The Cubs lost
but it was not because of inefficient
Cheney lost the first St Louis
game, and then Lefty Pierce came
through and shut the Cards out with
one hit in five Innings.
Control has been the main asset
they did not give bases on balls.
There is a lot more to the definition
of control than passes. When a
pitcher is putting the ball where his
catcher wants it, usually over some
portion of the plate that the batter
doesn' like, that is real control. And
that is the brand the Cub pichers
have been showing.
Earlier in the season Ed Reulbach,
usually about as erratic as a "moth
ers' jury," pitched to Bresnahan
against Pittsburgh and did not hand
out a single free ticket.
This improvement on the part of
the pitchers means something. Bres.
nahan is tutoring them and is getting
wonderful results. Now that he has
left St. Louis, the fans there appre
ciate his ability to handle shooters.
Sport writers are claiming that with
Bresnahan behind the bat Huggins
pitchers would look like big leaguers,
instead of candidates for the cannery.
There was no game in St Louis
yesterday. The fans won't pay to see
one game, so the management decid
ed to stage a double bill today.
' Cincinnati pounded Camnitz, beat
ing Pittsburgh by a fast finish. Joe
Tinker, who poled two hits, twisted
his ankle in the sixth inning and quit
the game. Benton was lammed by
the Pirates, but Johnson and Harter
stopped the slaughter. Johnny Bates
cracked a double and two singles.
Jack Miller wopped a triple and
Gavvy Cravath recovered from his
batting slump and slammed a single,
two doubles and a homer off James
of Boston. Luderus got two triples
and a single, and Lobert followed
with a single, double and triple.
Maranville was the only Brave who
could do much with Brennan. The
wee boy nailed a- double and pair of
Same old Matty. He made marks
of the Dodgers In the second game
after the Giants had lost the first
Doyle's homer tied the score for New
of the pitchers in recent games. By York in the ninth of the first battle.
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