THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

CLINT CONASTER

BOSTON BRAVES ...
SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...

The Braves rally on a hit by Conaster,
and sweep Cincinnati

May 8, 1948 ... The climbing Boston Braves swept the two-game series from the Cincinnati Reds this afternoon at Crosley Field before 8252 Reds fans. The score of the finale was 3 to 2, as Clint Conaster, brought up from Seattle, hit an eighth-inning single to climax a three-run rally, chasing Jim Russell home with the winning run.

Facing the club which cast him adrift, Braves reliever Jim Prendergast, who was drafted off the Reds farm team in Syracuse, preserved the one run margin with two almost perfect innings of relief. That helped starter Red Barrett get credit for his second win of the year.

For seven innings, Johnny Van der Meer handcuffed the Braves on only four hits. He broke Bob Elliott's nine-game hitting streak and struck him out with the bases loaded in the third inning. But Van der Meer wilted in the eighth-inning and well-hit balls by Alvin Dark, Russell and Conaster resulted in his downfall.

The first Cincinnati run came in the very first inning and was a gift. Bobby Adams walked and Grady Hatton popped one into short left, that Dark lost in the sun for a base hit. Hank Sauer lofted one into short right which Connie Ryan couldn't see. That also dropped in for a single to fill the bases, and Babe Young's long fly ball to left was able to score Adams, giving the Reds a 1 to 0 lead. In the fourth inning, Van der Meer singled and was sacrificed to second by Frank Baumholtz, scoring when Grady Hatton rifled a single to right. That gave Cincinnati a 2 to 0 lead.

But Danny Litwhiler opened the eighth-inning with a walk as a pinch-hitter for Barrett. Sibbi Sisti was inserted to run for him and he raced to third when Dark singled to right. Frank McCormick came in to bat for Earl Torgeson and hit a slow roller down the third-base, getting thrown out at first. In the process Sisti scored and Dark went to second, cutting the lead to just one run. Then Jim Russell laced a hot drive to the left of Virgil Stallcup, the Reds shortstop, that was ruled as an error. Dark was able to come home to tie the game. Russell moved to second as Bob Elliott was being tossed out by Van der Meer and then Conaster singled to center to score Russell with the game clincher.

Only six men faced Prendergast, as he retired the first four on easy infield grounders. The next hitter, Ray Lomanno, also hit a slow ground ball that was so slow he was able to beat it out at first. Stallcup came up next and hit a tricky shot down toward Alvin Dark, who scooped it up beautifully and started a doubleplay to end the threat.

The Braves got the train out of Cincinnati for St. Louis and tomorrow they open a three-game series against the Cardinals. President Lou Perini was on hand to see today's game.

 

at Crosley Field (Cincinnati) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

 

3

7

0

CINCINNATI REDS

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

2

8

1

W-Red Barrett (2-1)
S-Jim Prendergast (1)
L-Johnny Van der Meer (1-3)
Attendance 8252

2B-Russell (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 1 1 .273  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 2 0 1 .281  

 

Frank McCormick ph/1b 1 0 0 .200  

 

Jim Russell cf 3 1 1 .169  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 0 .315  

 

Cliff Conaster lf 3 0 1 .200  

 

Mike McCormick rf 4 0 1 .235  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 1 .118  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 4 0 0 .000  

 

Red Barrett p 2 0 1 .200  

 

Danny Litwhiler ph 0 0 0 .273  

 

Sibbi Sisti pr 0 1 0 .200  

 

Jim Prendergast p 1 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Red Barrett 7 7 2 2 1  
  Jim Prendergast 2 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 11 6 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 9 5 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 9 6 1

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 8 8 2 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

8 9 3

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 7 10 4

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 7 11 4 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 6 10 4 1/2