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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 01, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 22

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time, but through diligent work per
fectly themselves.
In other departments the team is
playing bang-up ball, and right now
looks better than the McGraw gang.
New York islumping. The pitch
ing is poor, and games are being won
only when the batters get together
and whale the ball harder than the
opposition.
The same proposition confronted
the Cubs earlier in the year, but now
there, is some air-tight pitching on
the West Side, and a few runs are
enough for most any game.
Humphries seems to have returned
for keeps. His game against the Reds
yesterday made two stellan perform
ances in a row, and Bert looks like
the same man who blew through the
league at top speed last season. His
wide hook curve has the same sweep,
he has regained much'of his lost con
trol, and possesses speed.
Cheney and Vaughn are fit running
mates for Humphries. Both are ef
fective against most any team in the
league, and Cheney is as good a res
cuer as there is in the business. The
necessary fourth man is a problem.
Lavender has pitched some good ball
this season, and he has also given
some very cheesy exhiDitions.
When James Sanford goes in the
box there is no telling what he may
do. He may allow two hits in nine in
nings, or nine hits in two innings.
Zabel was going well when a lame
shoulder put him on the blink. If he
can regain the uSe of the whip he will
To back up the pitching there has
been increased batting. The fellows
who were relied on at the start of the
season have at least made good, and
are combining their hits for the best
results.
Detroit licked the Sox yesterday,
and did it handily. But there is little
gloom in the Callahan camp.
For Ed Walsh pitched the last two
innings against Detroit, and was al
most the Walsh of old.
Ed stalked out as a rescuer, as he
has done innumerable times in form-,
er years. He pitched what he had,
and it would have been enough if the
infield had not cracked and made
four errors in one inning. Three runs
resulted.
But they could not be charged to
Walsh. He did everything that a
pitcher could do, and a lot more than ,
was expected. Ed worked with his old 1
ease, and apparently had as much
speed as ever. There was the same
baffling downward break on his spit
ball. The only blemish on his work was
lack of control. Now and then this
fault forced him to throttle down the
speed and discard the spitter in order
to get the pill across the plate.
Control could not have been ex
pected. It was the first championship
game for the Big Reel this year, and
he did not have the proper range of
the plate.
The return of Walsh will put more
fight into the already slamming Sox.
They play with more confidence be
hind the big fellow, though he can't '
do any betetr work than the other
pitchers have been providing.
Nevertheless, he will have a heart
ening effect on the whole team. The
other pitchers will use everything
they have, knowing that if danger i
threatens the Big Spit is out in the
bull pen, warmed up and ready to
come to the rescue.
Fournier and Weaver put Walsh in
bad. Jack made three errors in the
eighth inning and Buck chucked in
another.
Russell and Scott were soaked.
Russell would have been all right if
Blackburne had not messed a ground- ffi
er in the fifth. It should have retired
the side runless.
Tinker's Federals will have a
chance to show their class in the In
dianapolis series, which begins today
in the alien burg. The Chifeds, on
the eve of the clash, are half a
game behind the Hoosiers. Four
games are to be played. In order to
leave there with the lead it will be
necessary for the Tinks to cop three
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