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until near the end of May, with the
exception of one short visit to the
western end of the Tener circuit.
Good" weather can be looked for
from now on, and the long home stay
means there will beT?lenty of oppor
tunity for morning practice. O'Day
will be able to weld the infield to
gether, and the batters will be en
abled to swing against the pitching of
the good local second string men. If
the team does not profit from this
, schooling, then there is no hope.
There is enough mechanical ability
present to make a good showing. It
needs polishing and practice.
An evidence of the weak batting
came in the very first inning at St.
Louis yesterday. Leach and Good
opened with singles and Sweeney
sacrificed. That put men on second
and third with one outv and two fam
' ed clouters, Zimnienpan and Schulte,
coming to bat. j
And see what happened. It took
only three pitched balls" for Doak to
fan Zim. Heinie; swung at all of them,
and they were good pitches. That
shows that his eye is not true yet.
Then came Schulte, and he repeated
the Zim performance. Two of the best
Cub batters whiffed with budding
runs on second and third. A single
meant two and a long fly from Zim
Other chances were presented lat
er, but the timely hit was not forth
coming. Humphries pitched as good a brand
of stuff as he ever did in his life. He
allowed seven hits and granted one
pass. Both of the Card runs were the
direct results of errors.
In one session Bresnahan threw a
man out at second. The umpire voted
him dead, bait Zim dropped the ball
and the decision was reversed. Then
came a single that scored a run which
should not have been in position to
the fifth inning Cruise singled
for the Cards. Snyder duplicated with
a smash to Johnston's field. The flyer
fumbled long enough to allow Cruise
to sail for home. ,He recovered and
made a peg which should have extin
guished Cruise. But Bresnahan, who
has had little practice, and was reliev
ing Archer because of a stone bruise,
let the ball get away, and a run
These unfortunate happenings will
not be so frequent when the team has
had a chance to get in shape. Ten
Bob Groom, formerly of Washing
ton, was too much for Tinker's Feds,
and Mordecai Brown's crew won the
first game. Claude Hendrix was al
most as good as Groom. He couldn't
win when his mates weren't batting.
"though, plenty of openings were pre
sented through which they should
have, oozed a victory.
At one time the Chifeds filled the"
bases with none out, but Wickland,
Farrell and Hendrix were breezed by
Groom's wide bending floater. In be
tween these unfortunate happenings
a pass was handed to Wilson, result
ing in the lone Tinker run.
At present Brown has one of the
best teamsvin the Federal circuit. The
club is a clouting aggregation, and
the fielding is acceptable to the most
exacting. Getting licked by the Brid
well - Ward Miller - Boucher - Drake
Hartley combination is no disgrace,
particularly when Groom, who was a
puzzle to eery team in the American
League is on the mound.
Rollie Zeider has not yet begun to
do the brand of batting he is capable
of. When Rollie joins the clouting
ranks headed by Wickland, Zwilling
and Tinker there will be another
story. Then it will be possible for
the former Sox favorite to show his
vaunted speed on the bases, and more
runs will result foe the locals.
Considering that the Chifeds are
strangers to each other, so far as
playing together is concerned, they
are putting up a sweet article of ball.
Their defense is tight, and it taks
regular hits to cha'se home runs.
This afternoon closes the first
home stay of the Sox-' and the so-'
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