THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JIM PRENDERGAST

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

The Braves squander a three run lead

May 9, 1948 ... Jim Prendergast saved the Braves in Cincinnati yesterday but let the Cardinals back in the game today, as they defeated the Braves, 6 to 4, to gain first place in the National League. Pendergrast came into the game in the seventh inning, when Warren Spahn failed to hold a three run lead. He struck out Terry Moore and then the Cardinals connected for three straight hits and a four-run inning to come from behind.

Spahn's control was off as he walked five batters, passing the leadoff batters in two innings during which the Cardinals scored all their runs. He had three runs to work on going into the sixth and had a record of 18 straight scoreless innings when St. Louis mounted their comeback.

The Braves had tough luck during three innings when they had scoring chances. They finally chased the Cardinals starting pitcher, Murry Dickson, in the ninth-inning. The tying runs were on base when Bob Elliott came to bat. Ted Wilks was called into pitch for St. Louis and struck him out to save the game.

Jeff Heath, who had a perfect day at bat, opened the scoring by lining a wicked drive onto the roof of the right-center field pavilion for his fourth home run of the year, in the second inning, to give the Braves a 1 to 0 lead. The second Braves run was also produced in the sixth, as Jim Russell put one almost in the same spot as Heath. A third run was scored by the Braves as Dickson started to lose control. He walked Elliott and Heath and then Tommy Holmes smacked a single to center, scoring Heath to make it 3 to 0. The inning might still been going if Terry Moore had not made a thrilling diving catch on Phil Masi's scorching line drive. It probably would've gone for an extra base hit and scored at least two more Braves runs.

In the sixth inning, Spahn began to lose his stuff. He walked Moore and then Stan Musial and Whitey Kurowski singled to bring in one run. A second run came over Enos Slaughter grounded out to Connie Ryan. The seventh inning was a nightmare for the Braves. Still up 3 to 2, Spahn walked Del Rice to start. Rice was forced at second by Dickson after Red Schoendinst singled to left. Manager Billy Southworth decided it was time to take out Spahn and brought in Prendergast to face Terry Moore. Prendergast whiffed Moore but then couldn't get another man out.

Musial singled to left to score Dickson with the tying run. Kurowski doubled to right to score Schoendinst. Slaughter ripped a single to center to bring home both Musial and Kurowski with the winning runs.

In the ninth, after Dickson retired the first two batters, his luck ran out. Alvin Dark doubled to left, Earl Torgeson walked, and Jim Russell singled to bring home Dark. That brought in Wilks to pitch and the game was over.

Heath's home run was his fourth in the last five games is plate. He also drew two walks and hit a single. Tommy Holmes continues hit the ball well. He is now batting safely in 11 straight games and is three hits today boosted his average to .444 ... Eddie Stanky couldn't play and stayed in the hotel with a bad cold.

 

at Sportsman's Park (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

 

4

10

1

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

0

0

0

0

2

4

0

x

 

6

10

0

W-Murry Dickson (2-1)
S-Ted Wilks (1)
L-Warren Spahn (1-2)
Attendance 14,212

2B-Dark (Bost)
3B-Holmes (Bost)
HR-Heath (Bost), Russell (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 1 2 .286  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 1 .279  

 

Jim Russell cf 5 1 2 .186  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 0 .293  

 

Jeff Heath lf 2 1 2 .302  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 3 .444  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .105  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 4 0 0 .000  

 

Warren Spahn p 3 0 0 .143  

 

Jim Prendergast p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 0 .182  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Warren Spahn 6.1 6 4 5 2  
  Jim Prendergast 0.1 3 2 0 1  
  Bobby Hogue 1.1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 10 5 -

 

 

New York Giants 11 7 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 7 1

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 9 9 2 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 9 10 3

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

8 10 3 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 7 10 4

 

 

Chicago Cubs 7 13 5 1/2