Our St. Louis Reds could not have asked for a better day than yesterday in which to beat the Chicago Whites at a game of base ball. The good game played by them on Tuesday had, it was supposed, imparted to them the necessary confidence to play another good game yesterday. Somehow this kind of philosophy didn't work, and the game as played proved a walk away for Chicago. For the first time in St. Louis the Whites handle the bat as though they knew what it was for, and batted Blong for twenty-one base hits. They went to work in the first inning, and it was by hard, safe hitting that they put away fifteen runs, and not by poor fielding of the Reds, although errors were not wanting in both fields. The Reds secured eight base hits off Zettlein, Redmon getting two of them and Houtz two, but both failing to score. Oran made the best hit of the season so far, but after reaching third, was caught napping between third and home and put out by Warren. Joe Ellick, who played with the Reds for the first time yesterday, received a bad finger while playing third base in the fourth inning and had to retire. Morgan then came in from the field and took Ellick's place and McSorely dressed and went to the field. Morgan in the last inning relieved Blong in the pitching department.
About four hundred people witnessed the game, which, though a very one-sided, was not an uninteresting one. It was just about such a game as the same Reds have played visiting professionals in former years. It was a very bod thing for the Reds, boys and amateurs as they were, to offer themselves for professionals this year, and much as St. Louis would have liked to see them make a good record no one familiar with the game has dared to expect that they would. The boys are plucky, but we knew they would have up-hill work competing with veterans. The game of Tuesday was a remarkable one, but in it fortune favored both sides by keeping down the score. In the five games played with professionals so far, the Reds have played three good games, and should not feel discouraged at their two bad defeats. They must expect to have defeats piled upon them this year, and by defeat to so improve their play that next season they may deal more largely in victory. It is folly to pat the Reds on the back and tell them that they can play against anything in the country.
-St. Louis Republican, May 14, 1875
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