SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
Red Barrett and Bob Elliott
make it two wins over Brooklyn
April 27, 1948 ... Less
than two hours after Red Barrett walked to the mound, with the wind
to his back, he had pitched himself a six hit 3 to 2 victory at
Braves Field before 6992 frigid fans. Barrett had a bit of help from
Bob Elliott, who drove in all the runs. Dodger pitchers Rex Barney
and Ervin Palica gave up just four base hits and the Braves
thirdbaseman got three of them.
Elliott singled home Jim Russell in
the first inning on a smash by third-base and drove a long home run over the
left centerfield fence in the third, with Earl Torgeson on board. He lined
another single to center in the sixth, but was left stranded after being
sacrificed over to second by Jeff Heath. Bill Salkeld singled to right in the
second inning to complete the Braves hitting the day.
Leo Durocher scrambled his lineup considerably with Jackie Robinson playing
second base and Roy Campanella behind the plate. Pete Reiser was back in center
field and Johnny Jorgenson at third-base. But with all the strength facing
Barrett, he calmly threaded the needle with his pitches. He worried the most in
the fourth inning after two were out. Arky Vaughn doubled to the fence in
left-center and Pee Wee Reese walked. Preston Ward than singled sharply to
center and Vaughn slid into the plate just ahead of Jim Russell's throw to make
the score 3 to 1. Both Reese and Ward moved up a base when Salkeld got tangled
up in Vaughn's legs, attempting to make the tag at the plate. Dick Whitman ended
the inning by flying out to Danny Litwhiler.
Barrett walked Campanella in the seventh with one out and Gene Hermanski
batted for Rex Barney. He singled sharply past first base with the ball just
getting by Earl Torgeson. Campanella went to third and Robinson drove him in
with a grounder to Torgy after the firstbaseman started the throw to home but
then elected to play safely and get the runner at first.
The Braves have now beaten the Dodgers six straight times, winning to a home
and winning two in Brooklyn at the end of last season. Eddie Stanky said that
the Dodgers had given him a pretty good going over during the game, but he posed
with his former teammate Pee Wee Reese before the game, but would not talk to