THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JOHNNY SAIN

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

Johnny Sain shuts out St. Louis

May 10, 1948 ... The Braves provided the fireworks as they belted a trio of Cardinals' pitching for all 11 hits, 5 of which were for extra bases, and chalked up a 6 to 0 victory. Johnny Sain, hurling his best game of the season, snapped the five-game winning streak by St. Louis and sent them toppling out of first place by a few percentage points.

It was Sain's second win of the year, scattering 10 hits and displaying terrific courage to preserve a shutout. The Cardinals loaded the bases in the seventh inning with one out. Stan Musial bounced a single off Johnny's right knee. Sain then grabbed a smash back to the box by Enos Slaughter, and started an inning ending double play. He also drove home the first and only run the Braves needed to win.

Jeff Heath, Tommy Holmes and Earl Torgeson gave Sain tremendous support at the plate. Heath doubled twice and walking once. Holmes extended his consecutive game batting streak to 12 games and Torgeson thumped home three runs with a terrific home run in the fourth inning that clinched the game.

In the two games at Sportsman's Park, from where he was exported to the Braves last winter, Heath's gone to bat seven times. He has smashed out a home run, two doubles, one single and drawn three walks for a perfect record. As result, his batting average is up to .327

Tommy Holmes batted in a pair of runs with his two base hits and narrowly missed a three run homer in the second inning, as his long drive was a foot short of landing on the pavilion roof. It bounced off the screen for a double and he is now leading the National League with a .487 batting average.

Heath launched the Braves assault the second inning with a double off the right-center field wall. He stayed at second as Torgeson beat out a bunt and after Salkeld and Ryan fanned, Sain singled to center to score Heath. A double by Holmes brought Torgeson home next. With two gone in the third inning, Bob Elliott singled and Heath walked. Torgy then tagged a 3-1 pitch and sent it 375 feet into the right-center pavilion for his second homer the year. Ken Burkhart was the victim of the Braves' six run in the fourth inning. Ryan walked and was sacrificed to second by Sain. Holmes then lashed a single to center that scored Ryan.

The victory put the Braves in with three-way tie for fourth place with the Dodgers and the Phillies.

 

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

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

2

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

6

11

1

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

10

1

W-Johnny Sain (2-2)
L-Jim Hearn (1-2)
Attendance 10,226

2B-Heath (2)(Bost), Holmes (Bost), Conaster (Bost),
Dusak (StL)
HR-Torgeson (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 0 2 .462  

 

Mike McCormick ph/rf 2 0 0 .211  

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 0 1 .278  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 1 .189  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 1 1 .286  

 

Jeff Heath lf 2 2 2 .327  

 

Clint Conaster lf 1 0 1 .333  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 2 2 .292  

 

Bill Salkeld c 4 0 0 .294  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 3 1 0 .000  

 

Johnny Sain p 3 0 1 .071  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 9 10 0 2 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 10 6 -

 

 

New York Giants 11 7 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 11 7 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

9 10 2 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 9 10 2 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 9 10 2 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 7 10 3 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 7 13 5