THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

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

The Braves
start out
with a win in Pittsburgh

June 2, 1948 ... With Johnny Sain holding the Pittsburgh Pirates to three scattered hits, and Jeff Heath and Earl Torgeson furnishing the vital power, the Braves launched their second road trip with a 5 to 1 win over the Pirates. Pittsburgh had little Vic Lombardi on the mound in front of 25,710 fans. It was manager Bill Meyers' belief that Billy Southworth would keep Jeff Heath and Earl Torgeson out of the lineup. He was not only surprised but shocked in the sixth inning, as Heath's double and Torgeson single, accounted for the first runs of the game.

For five innings, Lombardi had matched Johnny Sain. The Pirates lefty was lucky to be on even terms as long as he was. In the sixth inning a lucky chance shifted for the Braves and they were able to ice the decision. Sain pitched his best game of the year. He had a two-hit shutout entering the ninth-inning, but it was shattered by one terrific swing by Ralph Kiner, who last a 3-2 pitch over the scoreboard in left for his 12th home run. It was John's fourth victory in a row on foreign soil. He has yet to win a game at Braves Field.

The first hit off Sain was a double by Danny Murtaugh to open the fifth, but he perished on second base. Sain walked three and fanned five.

The luck the Braves have on the road was out in full force. They came through to an easy win despite a triple play by the Pirates in the eighth. Torgeson was on second and Phil Masi was on first when Alvin Dark's fouled off two bunt attempts. Then a hit-and-run play was called and the Boston base runners were off quickly as Dark popped the ball off to Ed Stevens at first base. He dashed to the bag to double up Masi and fired the ball to Stan Rojek to triple up Torgeson.

Bob Elliott singled to open the sixth inning. He took third as Heath crossed up the Pirates by lashing a double down the left-field line. Then Torgeson knocked out a single over second to produce two runs. He took second as Masi grounded out and made a clean steal of third. Alvin Dark lined one out to Dixie Walker in right and Torgy was able to score the third run.

The Braves final two runs came the ninth-inning against Hal Gregg. After Stanky grounded out, Jim Russell doubled a line drive off Danny Murtaugh's glove into short right to score the final two runs.

Jeff Heath helped Sain out in the fifth inning when he personally put out the Pirates. He made a brilliant running catch of Lombardi's line drive down the left-field line with Danny Murtaugh to third.

The Braves have won 10 out of their 15 away games and are now in fourth place one game behind the Pirates.

 

at Forbes Field (Pittsburgh) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

2

 

5

10

1

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

1

3

0

W-Johnny Sain (4-4)
L-Vic Lombardi (2-3)
Attendance 25,710

2B-Stanky (Bost), Holmes (Bost),
Russell (Bost), Murtaugh (Pitt)
HR-Kiner (Pitt)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 1 2 .394  

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 0 1 .266  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 1 .241  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 1 1 .287  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 1 1 .315  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 1 .280  

 

Phil Masi c 3 0 0 .177  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 2 .259  

 

Johnny Sain p 4 1 1 .208  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 9 3 1 3 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 21 14 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 20 16 1 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 20 17 2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

18 17 3

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 19 20 4

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 17 20 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 18 22 5 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 15 22 7