SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
Eddie Stanky's bases loaded single
wins the game for the Braves
May 7, 1948 ... Bill
Voiselle has waited for years to accomplish what he did today in
whipping Ewell Blackwell and the Cincinnati Reds, by a 4 to 3 score,
for the first Braves victory on western soil for the year. Back in
1944 when Voiselle was a 21 game winner with the Giants, he blanked
the Reds at the Polo Grounds. Since then he has failed to register a
single victory over Cincinnati. They have beat him six times in a
row, but today Voiselle got his third straight victory of the season,
riding a two run Eddie Stanky single in the sixth inning, after
Blackwell was removed with a strained arm.
Earlier in the game, Bob
Elliott and Jeff Heath knocked out home runs against Blackwell, but it was
Stanky's single with the bases loaded and two outs that brought home the
The Reds gave Blackwell a one run lead in the first inning. Frank Baumholtz
singled and stole second, although it seemed that Alvin Dark at tagged him out.
Johnny Wyrostek then pushed a single past Stanky to score Baumholtz. That run
was equaled on Bob Elliott's third homer of the year. Elliott unloaded on an
outside fastball and sent it whistling with a howling wind, into the right-field
seats in the second inning.
The tie held until the last of the fourth. Wyrostek walked but was forced at
second by Grady Hatton. Voiselle next passed Hank Sauer and on Kluszewski's fly
ball out to Jim Russell, Wyrostek moved over to third. Then Ray Lomanno stroked
a single that just eluded Elliott and the Reds had a 2 to 1 lead.
Blackwell's demise occurred in the sixth inning. With one gone, Heath lined a
drive into the right-field seats for his third home run of the year. After this,
Blackwell seem to go to pieces. He walked Tommy Holmes on four straight pitches
after getting him down two strikes. Bill Salkeld hit a long single right that
sent Holmes the third. Alvin Dark rolled one down to Virgil Stallcup, who got
Salkeld on the fielder's choice. Then Blackwell walked Voiselle to fill the
bases. That was his afternoon and Harry Gumbert was brought in the pitch. Stanky
hit him with a single to right, that brought home Holmes and Dark to give the
Braves a 4 to 2 lead.
Voiselle scattered eight Cincinnati hits. With any kind of luck he would have
held the Reds to one run, a huge ninth-inning blast by Ted Kluszewski.