THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

KIRBY HIGBE

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

The Braves
ninth inning rally falls short

June 3, 1948 ... Kirby Higbe got himself chased out of the ballgame early in yesterday's game, so he can come back and pitched against the Braves this afternoon. In this game he triumphed over Boston 5 to 3, before a screening ladies day gathering of 17,226 fans at Forbes Field.

Higbe pitched himself out of a couple of early game jams and weakened in the stretch. The Braves were able to pick up their first run in the eighth-inning and then Higbe ran out of gas in the ninth. But Elmer Singleton arrived on the scene with nobody out, and the bases loaded, and he retired the next three batters with ease, to save Higbe his fourth win of the year.

It wasn't a good day for big Bill Voiselle, who pitched for the Braves and was wild, walking six men and giving up nine hits during his 6 1/3 innings on the mound. He was chased in the seventh and it marked the fourth time in a row that he has failed to finish a game.

The Pirates built up a five-run lead as they scored three runs in the fifth on a single, a Frank Gustine home run, two passes and a double by Dixie Walker. A single by Ed Stevens and another single by Higbe, gave them one more in the sixth. An infield hit by Johnny Hopp, two more walks and a long fly ball by Danny Murtaugh were converted into the fifth and final Pirates run.

The Braves launched a come back in the eighth-inning, when with one down, Tommy Holmes doubled down the left-field line and scored as Jim Russell singled to center. In the ninth the Braves were again on the attack as Jeff Heath opened with a vicious three base blast into left-center field. He walked home as Earl Torgeson doubled to centerfield, making it 5 to 2. Bill Salkeld and Alvin Dark then looked over four balls and walked to load the bases. It was then that manager Billy Meyer brought in Singleton to pitch. Billy Southworth countered with Frank McCormick. McCormick represented the winning run, but went down swinging. Up next came Tommy Holmes and he rolled one down to Stevens for the second out, but it also allowed Torgeson to score. The game ended when Stanky dribbled a soft one down to Murtaugh and the Pirates win was complete.

Holmes' double in the eighth-inning, extended his present game batting streak to 15 games. He has now hit safely in 27 out of the 28 games played.

 

at Forbes Field (Pittsburgh) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

 

3

6

0

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

0

0

0

0

3

1

1

0

x

 

5

10

1

W-Kirby Higbe (4-3)
S-Elmer Singleton (2)
L-Bill Voiselle (4-3)
Attendance 17,726

2B-Holmes (Bost), Torgeson (Bost)
3B-Heath (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 1 1 .385  

 

Clint Conaster pr 0 0 0 .136  

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 5 0 0 .253  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 1 .241  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 1 .286  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 1 1 .313  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 1 1 .282  

 

Bill Salkeld c 2 0 1 .333  

 

Phil Masi pr 0 0 0 .177  

 

Alvin Dark ss 2 0 0 .254  

 

Bill Voiselle p 2 0 0 .050  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Mike McCormick ph 1 0 0 .216  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 0 .235  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 6.1 9 5 6 4  
  Bobby Hogue 0.2 1 0 0 0  
  Clyde Shoun 1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 21 15 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 21 16 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 21 17 1

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

18 18 3

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 20 20 3

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 19 22 4 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 17 21 5

 

 

Chicago Cubs 15 23 7