SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
Eddie Stanky has a big day at the plate
May 1, 1948 ... Bobby
Hogue curbed a Giants' seventh-inning rally to preserve Bill
Voiselle's 6 to 3 victory and knock New York out of first place. Last
Sunday Hogue faced Walker Cooper who blasted a grand slam home run
off him at Braves field. Today they matched up again.
been taken out of the game and Clyde Shoun and not been able to get anybody out.
The Braves had a five-run lead when the last of the seventh-inning commenced and
was on the verge of being wiped out. The bases were loaded with two outs and
Hogue strolled in from the bullpen to once again face Walker Cooper. One thing
Hogue was certain of, was the fact that he was not going to throw Cooper the
same pitch that he did last week. If Cooper was going to hit him it would have
to be on a slow breaking curve. The Giants' catcher started a swing and change
his mind on the first pitch. He tried to check his bat, but before he could
bring the bat back, the ball struck it. The contact resulted in a pretty little
pop up that Eddie Stanky gathered in to end the inning and the threat, enabling
the Braves to make it two in a row over the Giants.
The Braves won the game in the four-run first inning when they knocked out
starter, Bobo Newsom. Newsom was not able to retire a single Boston hitter. The
Braves were hitting the ball in every available hole in the Giants infield.
Eddie Stanky, who led the Braves 12 hit attack with three base hits, led off
with a single. Jim Russell then lined a single to right and Earl Torgeson found
a spot between short and third for another base hit, to score Stanky and put
Russell on third. Then as if by magic, Bob Elliott dropped a little Texas
Leaguer in center field to score Russell and moved Torgy over to third. Jeff
Heath next rolled an easy ground ball down to Bill Rigney at second and he
juggled the ball to allow Torgeson the score. With Elliott at second now, Tommy
Holmes hit a grounder down to first that Johnny Mize couldn't bend over far
enough to stop and it went through for single, scoring Boston's fourth run.
That was enough for Newsom and it brought Clint Hartung onto the mound. He
gave up a run in the fourth on Alvin Dark's single, his steal of second and
Torgeson's base hit, making it 5 to 0. Voiselle, in the meantime, was pitching a
great ballgame. He had a two-hit shutout going into the seventh inning when he
came apart. Buddy Kerr opened with a single, but Bob Elliott started a swift
doubleplay on Jack Lohrke's grounder to third. But the reprieve was only
temporary as Hartung doubled, Rigney singled and a walk to Whitey Lockman loaded
the bases. Sid Gordon lined a single that scored two more runs and ended the day
Before the game ended the Giants had to use a couple more pitchers. Hartung
grew wild in the eighth and walked four batters for the sixth Boston run. He was
replaced by Ken Trinkle, who got him out of the jam. In the ninth, Mickey
McGowan was on the mound and he gave up a hit and a walk, but struck out Eddie
Stanky to prevent any scoring. It was the only time Stanky failed to reach base
today, having gone into the ninth with three singles and two walks.
Whitey Lockman made one of the best catches of the day in the fourth inning,
robbing Bob Elliott of an extra base hit as well as two RBIs. There were two men
on and two out when Elliott slammed one the distant left-field. Lockman raced
over toward left center at full speed crossed his glove over his right knee and
caught the ball on the dead run.
Just returned to the lineup, both Bob Elliott and Tommy Holmes have now hit
safely in six straight games.